Set in bleak landscape, where everything around them has burned and ash is blowing everywhere, a father and his son head south. They encounter other scavengers like themselves and some more dangerous ones. The set up is bleak and the book reads very bleak. There are no chapters. The plot is moved forward in sparse, short paragraphs. But these are paragraphs full of incredible descriptions and dark poetry. I would read this book before bedtime and then lie awake thinking about it, about the man and the boy wondering through burnt-out America. My only complaint, small as it may be, is that not much happens for much of the book and then quite a lot happens in the end, which felt crowded. Otherwise, it's a very, very good book.