Monday, June 28, 2010

Z for Zachariah

Z for Zachariah. Robert C. O'Brien. 1974. 250 pages.

I am afraid.
Someone is coming.
That is, I think someone is coming, though I am not sure, and I pray that I am wrong.

Ann Burden learns that there are some things worse than loneliness in Robert C. O'Brien's Z for Zachariah. It has been almost a year since Ann's world fell apart, since a week-long war destroyed the world as she knew it. Almost a year since she's seen another person. Ann has been living in a valley. For better or worse, this valley, her home, remained untouched by the nuclear disaster that destroyed the surrounding area, killing everyone and everything. Ann has managed to survive just fine on her own. But her strength will be tested now that a stranger is approaching her valley.

It is still hard for me to realize, even after all this time, that I am not going to be anything, not ever have a job or go anywhere or do anything except what I do here. (131)
I enjoyed Z for Zachariah. I wouldn't say I loved it exactly. But I thought it was interesting and I'm glad I read it. I will say that I thought the jacket description revealed way too much.

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Karin Perry 12:27 PM  

Thanks for sharing your review on the reading challenge site. I've always wanted to read Z for Zachariah. I love the updated cover you added to your post.

dining room table 8:57 PM  

I have been waiting for this. I want to know what will people going to say about her book. Thank you for sharing this review.

Anonymous,  5:09 PM  

This is one of the worst books I have ever read. What she does to the dog is outrageous and made me sick. I would not recommend this book to anybody and on a scale from 1-10 I'd rate it a 0.

The Reviewer 1:37 AM  

This book, has one of the worst endings i have ever come across.

It is very creepy.

Although it is a very interesting.

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