Ricardo De Bem De Bem itibaren Alwandi, Karnataka, Hindistan
SPOILER ALERT TWO GET AWAY ONE ENDS UP GETTING MIND CONTROLED
An excellent and engaging read. There is a sense of urgency to the writing, as if every page brings the characters closer to either death or salvation. Or both. I really enjoyed the concise sometimes ambiguous sentence structure throughout the novel. It gave important points double meanings, and made me think harder on the meaning for myself. For a book so filled with despair and a philosophy that borders on nihilism, it has a strange message of hope loaded into the struggle. This is most exemplified in the Boy, who serves as the Man's conscience. He keeps him honest, encourages fellowship, and offers charity. The Boy makes clear that even in dire circumstances, it is not right to abandon our fellow men. His idealism clashes, and in some cases, meshes perfectly with the man's pragmatism. The Man's pragmatic nature born out of the need to survive, is tempered by the altruistic tendencies of the Boy's youth. It makes for a compelling pair of protagonists that any reader would sympathize with. Together they struggle toward an uncertain fate, fueled only by blind faith. This is a story about the worst things that could possibly happen, and how an ordinary father and son might deal with them.