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Z for Zacharia

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Rachael Hoffman

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Transcript of Z for Zacharia

Z for Zachariah
SUMMARY
In
Z for Zachariah
, Ann Burden (a symbolic last name), is the last person on Earth after a devistating Nuclear War took place. She's lost everyone she knows and loves, but she has a home in a safe place where she can breathe the air and drink the water. She has resigned herself to the idea that she will always be alone, until one day she sees smoke moving toward her in the valley. Suddenly, everything she thought she knew, changes. Can one person ever really trust another, even if they are the last two people on Earth?
POINT OF VIEW and VOICE
The story is told in first person point of view, in the perspective of Ann. The only information we are given as readers is through her journal entries.
Themes
Sometimes, fear can cause people to act in strange ways.
The Best Part
WARNING
Here's what you need to know...

*There is very little swearing and difficult content in the book.

*At one point in the book, there is a suggestion that one of the characters may be overpowered and hurt

*There is mention of murder

*Easy reading; Anyone who likes realistic fiction with a post-apocolyptic twist will like this book.
Written by: Robert C. O'Brien
Post-Apocolyptic Science Fiction
"The last page of all was 'Z is for Zachariah,' and since I knew that Adam was the first man, for a long time I assumed that Zachariah must be the last man" (O'Brien, pg. 75.)
Ann is 16 and mature for her age
Nature can create a sense of peace when society is broken down.
Some people are more concerned with themselves than they are with others.
Extras
The author's family published the novel after he died in 1974
"I am afraid. Someone is coming...I feel as if it is the beginning of the end."
"I've also remembered how I found the book that night when I went back to the cave after he had burned my things. That memory stirs my harshest feelings toward Mr. Loomis.... I admit that I want to hurt him, and cause him grief. He deliberately ruined the thing I prized most."
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