Z for Zachariah

Z for Zachariah

by Robert C. O'Brien


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416939214
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 07/10/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 237,696
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Robert C. O’Brien was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Williams College and graduated from the University of Rochester. He was a writer and editor for Newsweek, National Geographic, and other publications. He lived in New York City and then in Washington, DC, with his wife and four children. Z for Zachariah—which is now a major motion picture starring Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, and Chiwetel Ejiofor—was completed by his wife and daughter, with the help of his notes, after his death in 1973. He is also the author of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH and The Silver Crown.

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Z for Zachariah 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 100 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book wasnt very good. At my age it just wasn't interesting...IT lacked excitment.It just seemed like you knew what was going to happen next. A couple of parts were ok... BUT over all it wasn't my favorite, and i wouldn't recomend it.!!
Iacobus More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book and read it because my partner had to read it for school and initially, I wanted to help. The fact is, I picked it up and couldn't put it down, took only a couple of hours. For me it was an all too possible reality for the world in which we currently live. This wasn't just zombies or overrule by vampires or something akin to that, it's fallout after biological/nuclear war. I was intrigued by the main female character and the steps she took toward her own survival. Both pro- and antagonists were well developed and you could, potentially side with either although you have more sympathy with the girl.
StoryObsessed87 More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of post apocalyptic fiction than this is a must read. I thought it was pretty realistic and I thought it to be very interesting. A bit scary to think about but nonetheless entertaining. Its a quick and easy read with a very easy story to follow.
Book_Girl_A-J-P More than 1 year ago
You must read this! This book gives a really good detail of her life. I had to read this for my english class and I had a great time reading this.
WallaWallaAli More than 1 year ago
In Z for Zachariah Ann Burden one of the main characters, gets left alone in the valley after her parents and dog disappeared to look for survivors from a nuclear war. She was left alone to take care of the cows and the chickens. A year has past since the incident and for all she knows she is the soul survivor. Faro the dog finally returned skinny and weak. Faro didn't die from radiation because he was up in the hills hiding. This all changes when John Loomis the other main character enters the valley. He then got radiation sickness for bathing in the wrong creek and fell ill. Ann Burden came to his rescue and helped him to recover. Ann Burden felt caring and not alone anymore after so long. Over the last couple of days Ann realizes how much she doesnt know anything about Loomis. Except that he had a conflict with Edward that Loomis talks about in his dream. When she finally tries to get Loomis to open up and get to know him. That all changes when when Loomis finally recovers and his true side comes out. She is then faced with harsh reality when Loomis tries to capture her and keep her held prisoner in her own home. I would recommend this book to people who like survival stories because during the whole book Ann Burden is faced with the lack of fresh food, Loomis trying to capture her, and taking care of the animals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book many years ago while I was in middle school. As a 40 something adult, I still will read this book every few years. It is my favorite book of all times!
ft_ball_fn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The lead character is a girl. The books is short. The story doesn't really go into much aside from radiation damage to the surrounding area. All of these things should have make it a book that I didn't like. Nope--love it. An easy read.. the main character was someone you relate to right away.. and her plight in the story (as a stranger shows up in a radiation suit) hooks you right away. I wish there was a sequel.... a great book (but it was TOO SHORT!!) :)
cmwilson101 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Z FOR ZACHARIAH is a post-apocalyptic story that has haunted my thoughts over the years: what if you were the only survivor in the world, and then finally, finally you meet another survivor -- and he's a jerk? Is it better to be alone, or to be with someone you despise? Z FOR ZACHARIAH's Anne faces this question in an interesting, compelling story which is well worth reading.
mmadamslibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Classic young adult book about a 16 year old survivor of a nuclear holocaust and the man she encounters. Ann is a farm girl and very resourceful. I'm not sure that any "city" folk would do as well or have the skills she uses to survive. The ending has a great twist that would lead to a lot of discussion
Bridgey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was meant to read this book in school but for some reason we read children of the dust instead.This novel at around 260 pages was around 200 pages too long. Very little happens, and to be honest it just feels like you want the character to curl up and die to save listening to any more of the whinging and teenage fantasy. The concept of the 'novel' is that a 16 year old girl and a scientist are possibly the only two people left alive in the world following a nuclear war. She is alive because her valley has, and I'm not joking, it's own weather system. The scientist because he has helped invent an anti radiation rubber suit.....He arrives at the valley and we have listen to various gushings from the girl of how she would like marry him under apple blossom etc etc..... never mind your family have been obliterated.... Things turn a sinister when the relationship sours, and so the story unfolds... poorly and slowly.....I don't know about Z for Zachariah... D for Depressing seems more suited.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this as a teenager and am revisiting as an adult. The story translates so well and doesn't age. If anything, I think that this becomes more relevant as time passes. So scary and bleak, but the main character is tough as nails and I believe that she will survive no matter what. Mr. Loomis is one of the scariest characters in fiction. He is a horrible and evil person. This reminds you (along with The Walking Dead) that the people who survive may not be (and probably won't be) the nice guys.
KristenSheley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was shocked I'd never read this book until recently. For years, I've collected post-apocalyptic books. Ever since I was a soph in high school, I've been fascinated with end-of-the-world lit, especially ones that involve a nuclear holocaust. Yet I had never come across this book in spite of conducting a lot of research to find books in this unusual genre.The story is told in the POV of Ann Burdan, a teenager living alone on her family's farm after a nuclear holocaust. Her family left one day to look for survivors and never returned, likely killed by the radioactivity that lay beyond the protected valley of the farm. For about a year she's alone, then a man comes by. He's sick, so at first Ann nurses him and cares for him. Once he's all better, he slowly starts taking over her life, forcing her out of her home and into the woods nearby.I was rather surprised by the sinister turn the book had. (Ann is almost raped at one point, though the book is fairly subtle about this and never uses that word.) I thought for sure that she and Mr. Loomis (the man) would team up and work together. When that didn't happen, it surprised me.In spite of a lot of passages that described survival -- how the cooking was done, the farming, etc -- I was riveted enough that I read the book almost in one sitting. The end isn't as pessimistic as I feared it would be, but it wasn't the same kind of optimistic end that "Alas, Babylon" (another post-nuke classic piece of lit) has.
akamarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Z for Zachariah is an compelling story. The first person narrator, Ann (through her diary), doles out information bit by bit, and it is only slowly and in fits and starts that the reader learns what has happened to the world and nearly everyone in it. The idea that Ann and Mr. Loomis may be the last people alive and the valley is possibly the last place on earth that can sustain life gives the reader a slightly claustrophobic feeling. O¿Brien¿s descriptions illustrate the valley, Ann¿s farm, the general store and church vividly. So although the situation may be confining, the details O¿Brien uses to show each distinct place in the valley makes it seem like the whole world. In this way he deftly makes the reader understand how a person¿s perspective can adjust to extraordinary circumstances. The characters are realistic; they react to an incredible situation in a way that¿s believable -- and very interesting. Young adults won¿t be able to put this book down until they¿ve found out how the situation between Ann and Mr. Loomis ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Number of stars (1 to 5): 5 Introduction Anne Burden survived the nuclear outbreak. She is alone or is she? Description and summary of content Anne Burden survived the nuclear outbreak. Her family left her to go find human life. But never returned. There is someone else in the area. Evaluation This is a great book I would recommend this to anybody. There is always action and mystery it is a book I couldn’t turn away from. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way though the book. Conclusion This is a great book I think that people who were interested in it should defiantly read it. I thought this was a great book full of action. It has mystery, adventure, and fright.
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PattiBerteotti More than 1 year ago
My teacher read this to the class in 1977. I read it to my son in 1997, my daughter in 2002 and to another daughter in 2007. It was inspiring and thought provoking. My children loved it and I have since passed the book onto their school library. It captures the attention and imagination. I would highly recommend this book.
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