Monday, August 27, 2012

Books I Love – Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien


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.

This is an oldie but a goodie. I love the premise (my own book touches on what it’s like to be alone in a world that has fallen apart) and how scary this world is without zombies, aliens, or vampires. Ann is compelling, strong yet lonely. I also like that it’s minimalistic; there are basically three characters in the entire book, and one of those is a dog. I would recommend this to anyone who likes post-apocalyptic fiction.

Has anyone else read this one? I know it's not for person's review on amazon was that they didn't like it because the main character wasn't named Zachariah J


  1. I haven't read it, but it sounds like something my daughter might like, so I'll flag it on Amazon. Thanks, Demitria. :)

  2. I have not read this one- right now I'm looking for new authors, so I'll put this on my list to check out from the library. Thanks for posting.

  3. I haven't heard of this one. Sounds like it's got potential...