This is a twenty-five slide PowerPoint on Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD. It serves as an effective introduction and "hook" for students, and as such, it is meant to be shown prior to beginning the novel. It briefly explores the author's background, the premise, the innovative style, and the resonating power of this amazing novel. Each slide features bold, apocalyptic backgrounds. I have taught THE ROAD for several years now, and the kids eat it up (no pun intended). This PowerPoint is a great way to start the unit.