Z for Zachariah is the story of a young girl who is one of the only survivors after a terrible nuclear war. The girl is on her own, with her only companion in life being her dog. That is until a stranger finds her valley. I’m not entirely sure what age I was when I first read it but I know that it is responsible for my love of the post-apocalyptic genre. Why? Because this girl was me. She was just 16 years old in the book, which I’m sure was several years older than I was when I read it. But it was close enough for me to be able to step into her shoes and imagine I was her.