rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wow! What an interesting plot line. I really enjoyed this book, and read it in 2 days. I found it endearing, the bond between the man and his son. I was impressed with the control with which he dealt with the boy. How nurturing he was in such a stressful situation. Instead of losing his cool under duress, he was calming and loving, and open and honest. I think that strengthened the boy's ability to deal with the stress.
The reason it didn't get five stars:
No quotations? This bothered me and I don't know why the author chose not to use them. I found myself count back the lines, trying to keep track of who was saying what.
Why don't the main character have names?
I felt the author owed the man and the boy more definition than he gave them.
What happened, exactly to the world? Why is there ash everywhere? Obviously some kind of apocolyptic fire or burning of the earth?
How long ago did this happen? Obviously before the boy's lifetime. How old is the boy?
What was so horrible that the mother felt it necessary to take her own life?
Aside for all those many questions (which I'm hoping someone can shed some light for me) I really enjoyed the book.
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