If you enjoyed The Last Us: Try Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

Last of US Road

Recently, long time video game developer, Naughty Dog, released, The Last of Us for the Playstation 3. The story follows two characters, Joel (Troy Baker) and Ellie (Ashley Johnson), as they sojourn through a post-apocalyptic North East America, on their way to get Ellie to an underground, anti-military group called, the Fireflies. The game is set two decades after a extinction level event occurred due to a mutation of the Cordyceps fungus (an actual parasitic fungus that has been shown to turn insects into zombies, don’t believe it, read the linked article) which has mutates humans into zombies. Ellie, a teenage girl, whom has survived getting bit, may hold the cure to disease. As Joel, your goal is to escort Ellie to the Fireflies. However the road is a perilous, resource-depraved, nightmarish landscape where you not only have to battle with the infected, but also with human factions. The way to the end is brutal, and the characters have to undertake actions, that would seem psychotic in our time, but is necessary in theirs. Now, while I won’t spoil the ending of the game, I will say that if you enjoyed, not only playing the game, but also the story attached to it, you may want to try out one of my favorite books of recent memory, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, about an unnamed father and son, who similar to Ellie and Joel, find themselves traversing a devastated world reclaimed by nature. Like the game, The Road, explores themes of hope in a hopeless world, the need for to form connection with others versus the instinct to survive, and the brutal nature of the human race when civilization is taken out of the equation. It is a highly recommend read, and you can find it anytime by stopping by the Library.

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