The Road Ahead is an apocalyptic science fiction novel that follows Heather Morgan, a survivor of a virus that has wiped out the majority of the world's population. Heather was a biological researcher working on a vaccine to the virus before all hope was lost. Now she is just alone.
It is impossible to read this book and not compare it to The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It is a testament to Broncucia's writing that even with such a comparison that this book rates a solid four stars. I knew I was going to enjoy it from the first page of reading. The writing is solid and the characters are realistic but at times a tad sterotypical.
When you have novels that feature so few characters the portrayal of the characters that you do have becomes essential. The book becomes more about human motivation then about action. Broncucia does a good job describing her characters making them distinct and full of depth. While I would have prefered that this was expanded a little more, it is really a personal preference and not a fault of the book.
After reading this book I was left with a breath of emotions. I find it hard to articulate without giving spoilers. However, it did leave me contemplating the journey of life and thinking about what risks are worth taking.
The book ended on a cliff hanger. While The Road Ahead is worth reading on it's own I would like to continue Heather's journey to see not only her fate, but also the fate of the world. She is possibly the only one who has the ability to save it.
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