The Story: After nuclear and biological warfare destroys most of America and perhaps most of the world, a teenage girl survives all alone in a small valley that was shielded from radiation and poison, wondering if anyone else is alive somewhere. One day, a man with a protective suit arrives in her valley after a long search for a haven in the wasteland. She hopes that together they can turn the valley into their own Eden, but slowly realizes he has sinister plans for her.
This tale excels, however, not just with its exploration of morality, but in all aspects of storytelling. The two characters are vividly representative of opposing worldviews, yet they are fully-developed and believable. The way tension rises and eventually leads to violence between them keeps things suspenseful. It all adds up to make this a science fiction classic, one that has earned a place high on my list of favorite science fiction novels.
Content Overview: Some mild but intense violence.