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The First Dystopian YA Novel: Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien

The First Dystopian YA Novel: Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien

The original End of the World novel for readers of young adult books.

Okay, I have a confession to make:

I love a little apocalypse in my entertainment.

Doesn’t matter if it’s a movie or a book, I seek out large-scale disaster, thrilling vicariously throughout the horror of it all.

I’m not going to launch into a fullscale psychological analysis of myself, but I can tell you the most basic reason for my personal vice: By and large people are pretty boring. But place these boring people in a crisis of incredible magnitude and suddenly we see the best (and the worst) in humanity arising from within them. Besides the rush of adrenalin I experience watching it all,  I find it fascinating to see all the different ways characters act when presented with the ultimate impossible scenario.

The End of the World (as we know it).

Z for Zachariah is the first Dystopian book I ever read, and it left an indelible mark on me. It opens with 16-year-old Ann Burden, who lives alone on a remote farm after the nuclear war that destroys humanity. She is struggling to survive and fears that she is the last human being alive.

Until she sees smoke in the distance.

A stranger is approaching. Who is it? And will this person bring help?

Or harm?

This novel confronts all the delicious dangers of being the last female on earth.

There was a movie made of this book, but they completely changed the ending. If you wish to see the movie, read the book first so that you can experience what the author truly envisioned.

The book is far superior.

Muchier Scale: 7 out of 10.

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