For Zachariah, Hardback Book

For Zachariah Hardback

Part of the New Windmills KS4 series

4 out of 5 (6 ratings)


One of a series of fiction for schools, this is the story of a 16-year-old girl living alone in the aftermath of atomic war, until the arrival of another survivor.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780435122119

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The author does a good job of making the story interesting even though it only has two human characters. I found it abit unbelievable at first and I wondered when this all happened because it was abit contradicting. For example, it says very modern terminlogy like "nuclear", "test tubes", "suit that prevents nuclear exposure"... and also says very old fashioned things like "feeding the chickens and cows" and "sowing the seeds". It also does not say a word about "iPods" or "Macs". In overall, this book was well written and every reader cannot put this book down because they want to find out what happened to Mr.Loomis and Ann at the end of the book.

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The book follows Ann Burden, a 16 year old girl living in the aftermath of a nuclear/radiation war. Everyone she knows is gone or dead, so Ann is all alone. Eventually someone does come to Ann's valley.I thought this book went way too fast. It was haunting.Ann Burden was a likeable character and I felt she seemed real.

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All in all this was not a bad read, but it is dated by the scientific elements of nuclear war. In the period of this novel completion, the full ramifications of nuclear war had not been adequately explored, and it was not until the early eighties that issues such as nuclear winter were beginning to be fully understood. In other words, as horrible as authors such as Robert O'Brien thought a nuclear war would be, the reality was much worse.This maybe the reason that I was unable to fully engage with the novel and fully "suspend my disbelief," (for example, I kept asking myself about fallout, why the rain was not contaminated and why there were sunny skies at all). However, even with these issues, I found the book enjoyable, and I was genuinely interested to find out how our heroine would resolve her problems (vague enough... don't want to give anything away).Overall, it was a good read, even though its premise was scientifically dated. Normally, things like this do not bother me, but for some reason, it kept pulling me out of the story and that's why I only give it three stars, but I still say its a good story with some interesting thematic qualities as well.

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Very well written. I was completely drawn in to the story. The main character was very believable and sympathetic. <spoiler>I just felt so badly when she began losing everything that she'd worked so hard for. And when she had to leave, I almost cried.</spoiler><br/><br/>I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys post apocalyptic fiction.

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proof that you don't need zombies or gangs of "preppers gone wild" characters to create a suspenseful and fairly plausible post-apocalypse story.

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