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Z for Zachariah

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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...
Hardcover, 249 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Perfection Learning (first published 1974)
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Oni When Ann was a child, she learnt the alphabet with a Bible A to Z book (eg. 'A is for Adam'). At the end, there was 'Z is for Zachariah'. As Adam was…moreWhen Ann was a child, she learnt the alphabet with a Bible A to Z book (eg. 'A is for Adam'). At the end, there was 'Z is for Zachariah'. As Adam was the 1st man on Earth and was at the beginning of the book, she believed that Zachariah was the last man on Earth. She only believed this at the time when she was learning the alphabet, though.(less)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Z for Zachariah was a very suspenseful book. From the moment I started it, I had a knot in my stomach. For most of my life, I lived with my fear of nuclear war and its aftermath. As a child of the 80s, I remember that Sword of Damocles hanging over our heads. Were the Soviets going to push the button, or the Americans? Either way, we'd both lose. I remember everyone in school was watching "The Day After Tomorrow," and I was afraid to watch it, but I heard all the ugly details. I inadvertently wa ...more
Bradley
This was written in the early seventies for the dystopian youth market.

Wait... was there a dystopian SF youth market back then? Um... I guess so! I have this weird feeling like I just entered the twilight zone... but it must be true!

I'm used to 70's SF and Fantasy being very adult oriented and over the top. I think of Lucifer's Hammer or the other later classics of post-apocalyptic nightmares that came out later like The Stand and Swan Song and so many others, but here's the gorgeous bit:

This
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Madelyn
Jun 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pleasureread
This is one of those books you read when you're in middle school, but you never forget about it. In fact, I've been ceaselessly frightened of radiation poisoning every since. Sort of like my plague fears, which developed immediately after I read the first chapter of Albert Camus's The Plague. If you didn't read this then, you ought to read it now; it's really fantastic.
Deborah Markus
This is the first time I've ever been tempted to utilize that "hide review because you're a big fat blabbermouth who can't talk about a book without ruining it for others" function. But the fact is, it's important for a reader of Z For Zachariah to be surprised by the nature of the stranger who shows up. And it's almost impossible to talk about the book in any detail without giving that away. And I want to talk in detail, because I like this book but I also find it rather baffling in certain res ...more
Evan
Nov 17, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Bonnie


Yeah. That’s how this one is going to go. The expectations were high with this one. I first discovered this book when I found out it was being made into a movie so of course I was all about getting the book read first. Especially when I realized this author also wrote one of my favorites of all time: The Secret of Nimh . Naturally I couldn’t find a copy anywhere but FINALLY! Some luck blew my way and my library came through. I started it immediately. I finished it within 24 hours. And now I’m s
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Steph
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Z for Zachariah was a very good post-apocalyptic, dystopian novel. It's important to note that the novel was first written and released in 1975. Keeping that time frame in mind, the way that sixteen year old Ann deals with the loss of her family and the events that follow are nothing short of amazing.

Ann, having lost her mother, father and two brothers, finds a way to not only go on, but build a life for herself at her family home in a valley that was remarkably saved from some of the fallout.
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Kate McCartney
May 31, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-fiction
I really enjoy post-apocalyptic stories. I really liked the narrator and her ability to survive alone. But when I finished reading all I could think was I am so tired of bullying men. Tired of them in my movies, tired of them in my books, tired of them in the news and tired of them in my government.
F.R.
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At our local train station there is a small bookcase where those travelling through can leave a book they've finished or simply don't want anymore, and then another commuter can pick it up and read it on their journey. It's a simple and lovely idea. After perusing the shelves in January my wife became very animated. For on those shelves was one of a book from her childhood which both terrified her and fascinated her, a book she read and read, but which she hadn't seen a copy of since she was at ...more
Joe
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
In the Old Testament, three tales of human frailty follow the creation of the world; Adam and Eve, Cain and Able, Noah and the ark. In Z for Zachariah, Robert O'Brien novelizes the end of the world with a similar set of stories; in place of Noah's ark we have an anti-radiation suit designed just in time for the nuclear holocaust. The inventor of the suit murders his companion and wanders the blighted wilderness for many years, haunted by his crime as the post-apocalyptic answer to Cain.

But the
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Maria Espadinha
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adão ou Lobo Mau?


Ann, uma jovem de 16 anos que sobreviveu num vale-mini-éden a um holocausto nuclear é uma Eva sem Adão.
Um belo dia avista ao longe uma corrente de fumo, que parece caminhar na sua direcção.

Virá aí o seu Adão?

Infelizmente, Não!...

Ao contrário de Ann, que se manteve mentalmente sã, o seu recente companheiro está psiquicamente afectado e em vez dum potencial Adão, mostrou-se mais próximo do Lobo Mau.

Após a Sobrevivência Física, a Psicológica!
Qual delas a mais árdua?!...


Nota: Na cap
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Tez
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Zoe
Oct 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just re-read this amazing book that I've had for a long time. The first time I read it was when I was in 4th grade because my sister had read it. I found it boring. I read it again in 7th and understood it better than I had in 4th grade. And now, for 12th grade, it's just plain awesome. It's about a girl who survives the dropping of a nuclear bomb. She thinks she's the only one left alive, but soon discovers she is not alone at all. Not only is she alone, she's in great danger. I can't say any ...more
Penny
Mar 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first time I read this book I was in sixth grade, I read it again in 2007.

Disappointed to learn Hollywood got its hands on this book and made it into a shitty movie. If you're going to read this book keep in mind there isn't a love triangle in it nor is it a love story. For the love of all that is holy, do not pick up this book thinking you're going to be reading a modern YA post-apocalyptic novel and then be all disappointed about the fact that it isn't all about sex. I swear to Iesha I'm
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Yz the Whyz
Aug 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Lynn Crow for TeensReadToo.com

Sixteen-year-old Ann Burden has been living on her own for a year, since the nuclear bombs turned everything surrounding her little valley into a wasteland, and her parents drove out to find other survivors... and never came back. Knowing she may be the only person left, Ann struggles with her loneliness and tends to the farm as best she can. But then a man comes over the hills in a protective suit and arrives in the valley. At first he provides Ann with
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Lindsay Gassmann
Aug 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody.
I read this in my 6th or 7th grade english class. It is a wonderful story about one girls struggle to survive after a tragic event. I learned that you can not count on everyone to be there for you all of the time, that you have to be independant or else you will most likely will not it if you were to lose everyone.
Rebecca McNutt
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book; the real horror of it isn't the nuclear devastation, but the feeling of being stalked and having no one around to help you get away. At first Mr. Loomis is a likeable character but he quickly takes a turn for the creepy, and that's when this book gets really intense.
Hollowspine
May 29, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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Cristiana de Sousa
4.5⭐
Na informação extra deste livro, podemos saber que quando o autor faleceu não tinha terminado de escrever esta historia. Deixou algumas notas do rumo que desejava que a historia toma-se. Mais tarde, foram a mulher e uma das filhas que escreveram os últimos capítulos. Este tipo de informação pode deixar-nos um pouco reticentes ao iniciarmos a leitura. Mas devo confessar que isso nunca mostrou ser um problema. Alias eu nunca percebi que a narrativa tinha sido escrita por três pessoas diferente
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Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Wait, this is a YA/MG book?? Definitely couldn't have figured that out from the movie (which I am loving btw).
Simon
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I remember the TV adaptation the BBC did in the mid-80's and quite liked it and I thought I would give the book a go. Sadly the book is a bit of a drag. As others have pointed out, there's a lack of action. This is partly due to the 1-person/journal approach, which makes total sense but it does the rob the book of action in some key scenes. The bigger problem is the story zeroes in the day to day of surviving through farming/caring for a sick man without any real conflict. For me, a wonderful id ...more
Charlene Intriago
I recently saw the movie of this book and really liked it. Mankind has once again tried to destroy itself and there is one person left alive, at least that's what she thinks. So I picked up the book from my local library. Book started the same as the movie but after a few chapters there was a radical difference. Maybe it wasn't such a good idea to see the movie first! But, then again, I would not have read the book if not for the movie. Just a three star for me. I liked it but I liked the movie ...more
Vicki Caton
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want to know about this book I suggest you read it and don't pay any attention to the movie, This book is about life after an atomic war where a 16yr old girl survives by living in a valley which somehow protected her from the nuclear fallout, thinking she's the only person alive she is shocked to see a man swimming in a creek which is radioactive and he get's very sick buts she nurse's him back to health, you would think being the only two people on earth things would change between man ...more
Alexis
Apr 22, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of post-apocalyptic fiction
As far as Ann Burden knows, she is the last person in the world. A nuclear war destroyed everything outside of the valley she lives in. Her family leaves to look for survivors and never comes back. The few people left making radio broadcasts eventually disappear, too, with dire news from their areas. And no one comes.

Nearly a year passes, but Ann survives. She lives in the perfect place. She has her family's farm, the neighbors' general store, and a source of uncontaminated water. Beyond, every
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Lucy
Ann Burden is sixteen years old, and the last person alive. She knows this because after the disaster, her family went off to search for survivors, and they never came back. Her valley is safe, somehow protected from the nuclear disaster that has wiped out the rest of the world by some sort of weather formation. And so she tills her field and keeps her house and stays alive, alone. Until he comes. When John Loomis shows up in her valley, wearing a safe suit that protects him from radiation, Ann ...more
Cheryl
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended by Laurel-Leaf in The Turning Place: Stories of a Future Past.... On p. 41 I'm actually sort of bored, as it seems much like a generic old dystopia. I was also dismayed to learn that family finished this from draft & notes posthumously.
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Almost done, want to say that it's certainly discussable. For example, (view spoiler)
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José Jorge
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questiono-me porque é que a capa do livro (edição portuguesa) aparecem 3 personagens, quando no livro só existem 2!
Depois fui pesquisar, e pelo que percebi o filme é bem diferente do livro!
Má escolha mesmo!
Kate
Ann has been living alone on her family's farm for about a year. A nuclear war has killed most everyone around, and a year ago her father and everyone else (including her brother, who sneaked into the car) left to see if they could find signs of life and never came back. Then a man in a radiation-proof suit comes along. Ann hides and watches from afar, but eventually makes herself known after he get radiation poisoning and becomes ill. As time goes on, however, Ann becomes convinced that there i ...more
Hannah
Feb 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes suspenceful books
Recommended to Hannah by: Fort Mill High School
Shelves: book-club
In this book, Ann Burden thinks she's the only one left on the planet after a huge nuclear war leaves millions of people for dead. She lives in complete solitude until, one day, she sees smoke raising into the sky. Afraid, she leaves her home and stays in a cave spying on the person coming. At first she is excited, but then she learns that there our worse things than being alone...

I thought this book was really good! I liked how it went from bad to worse in the events. I liked it because the aut
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