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Z for Zachariah

Written By:Robert C. O'Brien - 1974

  • Z for Zachariah - Robert C. O'Brien cover
  • Z for Zachariah - Robert C. O'Brien cover

    Simon Pulse 2007


Synopsis

There is no one left alive... I know, because after the war ended, and all the telephones went dead, my family went... to see what was happening. They never came back...

Ann Burden is sixteen and, as far as she knows, the only person left in the world. The nuclear radiation that destroyed the rest of the world has not touched the valley where she lives, and so she has remained, surviving as best she knows how, for the past year.

The smoke from a distant campfire shatters Ann's solitude. Someone else is still alive, and making his way toward the valley: John Loomis, a scientistm protected from the radiation by a "safe-suit." He asserts his will almost immediately. And as his behavior becomes more and more extreme—finally culminating in violent confrontation—Ann must choose how she will live, in a world unlike any she has known.

Simon Pulse 2007

Ann thought she was the only one left alive. She was wrong.

Is anyone out there?

Ann Burden is sixteen years old and completely alone. The world as she once knew it is gone, ravaged by a nuclear war that has taken everyone from her. For the past year, she has lived in a remote valley with no evidence of any other survivors.

But the smoke from a distant campfire shatters Ann's solitude. Someone else is still alive and making his way toward the valley. Who is this man? What does he want? Can he be trusted? Both excited and terrified, Ann soon realizes there may be worse things than being the last person on Earth.

Blurb

An ALA notable book winner of the Edgar Allan Poe award

"[This] is a haunting, fascinating book... full of action and adventure... [its] style is spare and direct, and yet it sings..." —The New York Times

Simon Pulse 2007

"A haunting, fascinating book..." —New York Times

Catastrophe:

war

Type:

realistic