The protagonist is well-named, as the burden she carries is heavy. The realities of living in a destroyed world, of being the last one left, are well imagined, to the point where you can almost hear the lonely echo as she speaks. In a way this is a twisted version of Adam and Eve, and it is very frightening in places, as the Garden of Eden, the valley, is already poisoned.
There is a crumb of hope buried in this novel, much as the subject matter is bleak. It is the sort of story that stays with you long after the book is back on the shelf, and as such is a fitting end for this challenge. I hope you have enjoyed the posts – normal service will resume shortly!
Z for Zachariah
Author: Robert C. O'Brien
End fact one: The A-Z post to attract the most comments (72) was, unsurprisingly, the first one, A is for Alice.
End fact two: I've loved every single one of your comments through this challenge. Thank you for sharing your reading memories and anecdotes along the way. Did I miss any of your favourites?
End fact three: U, X, and Y were the hardest - couldn't think of any characters from children's fiction whose name began with those letters.
End fact four: I really enjoyed writing the posts for this challenge but real life just parked itself in the way of finishing in April.
End fact five: Welcome to all new folk who came here via the challenge! I look forward to visiting over at your blogs very soon.