6/29/21

Z for Zachariah

Author: Robert C. O'Brien

Genre: Dystopian

Age: Teen

POV: 1st person

Summary: Ann thought she was the only one left. She been all a lone since her family left the valley to look for others. 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

Review: Z for Zachariah was pretty good. It reminds me of Misery by Stephen King, except the guy the main character is taking care of from radioactive poison is the one to go, full psycho. Since researching and writing my post on the dystopian genre, the themes that make this book dystopian are themes of hope, survival, and having faith that the rest of humanity will live on.

The main character, Ann, is smart in a way that she knows how to survive and take care of herself, yet she doesn't have too much life expiration. Her skills are just enough for any sixteen year old who grows up on a farm would know.
 
I like how Ann has Christin's faith as part of her conscience and decision making. You don't see any of that in books written today. That goes with any type of faith. It's either gloss over or not there at all. It okay if it not there but, if you going to write a big fantasy world or even a contemporary bring up the character's faith can give a more depth and a better understand in how the character sees the world.  

Like it or not, everyone has faith. Whether that be a faith of the physical world or the spiritual world. Everyone has faith in something. Whatever you believe in it does impact the choices you make in life. I can go on about this but, I am getting off track.
 
Z for Zachariah is a simple dystopian on serving a nuclear full out and having hope that humanity has live on beyond the valley. Unlike modern dystopian where it is about a strong emotionless female protagonist take down the big bad government.
 
The ending felt a little too open ended. Did Ann make it to another valley? If so did she tell everyone about Mr. Loomis? The book should have a little more of a conclusion. 
 
Z for Zachariah is a gem of a book. It is short and thrilling enough to entertain teen readers.
 
If the author Robert C. O'Brien sounds familiar. He wrote Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH one of my favorite books of all time. Sometime in the future, I might be re-reading it.

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