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Z for Zachariah Paperback – July 10, 2007
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Starting with the most superficial, I am probably more impressed here with O'Brien's writing than anywhere else. O'Brien purposely drenches the story in detail, allowing the reader to pause and contemplate the strangely serene post-apocolypse environment. This of course is a tool--O'Brien uses Biblical allegory throughout (for the purpose of the story, not for the purpose of the proliferation of religion), and this entire scenario with the beautiful valley that cannot be left is all too obviously a cousin to the garden of eden.
This surprising immersion in the pastoral setting (of what is apparently the end of the world) is equally matched by the strong and vital voice of Ann Burdan, who like the scenery stands in sharp contrast to death--a contrast that I think sets this entire book in motion.
I for one found Ann's voice is what made the book work. Through sincerity and an honest analysis of her feelings we are propelled into the heart of the story, which is not so much about nuclear bombs but about 'growing up -as- epic adventure' (Henke, Children't lit in Education, Summer 82).Read more ›
Ann's "Zachariah" turns out to be a research chemist, John Loomis, who was in an underground laboratory when the bombs hit - along with a prototype radiation-proof suit. Wearing the suit, he's wandered around the country for a year before he finds the valley. Despite his precautions, he chooses the wrong stream to bathe in when he finally removes his suit, and Ann must nurse him through the agonies of radiation sickness. Will her new companion, this Adam to her Eve, be taken from her almost as soon as they've found each other? And if he doesn't, then what happens?Read more ›
I think the book is very good and keeps your attention. The only bad thing is that it is not a good book for someone who is not over 12 because you really can't understand some of the technical terms but thats about it.
I recommend this book to any student interested in a science-fiction novel and it would interest anybody else who would be interested in what the world may very well be like in the next century. I also recommend this book to teachers because they might be interested in sharing this book with the class. It is a real mindboggler in how the plot takes you right into the story.
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Epic book to read if you like a game of survival of the fittest.Published 1 month ago by awesome game
The length is more extended short story/novella, but it does grab your attention early. The ending does seem somewhat 'forced', but then upon reading it is really an unfinished... Read morePublished 1 month ago by P. Schreiber
I love the end of world survival genre, but this book was written for young adults and teens. They would enjoy it more than I did. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Scott McGowan
The movie and the book, are 2 completely different stories. Why didn't they change the title. This is a very good book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anthony Turno
This book is perfect for any age. Good twists and a strong female character. I've read it multiple times now.Published 3 months ago by KLacy
Had to get for son's school assignment. He was not impressed with book, but whether that was the writing/subject or because it was school assigned I don't know.Published 4 months ago by Bibliophile in Albany
Yes I read this book because I saw the movie trailer and yes I expected it to be just like the trailer. Well, that was not my brightest moment was it XD? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Fable's Library
Interesting read but I could not get on board withe the main characters decisions.Published 5 months ago by Adilah