October 19, 2015

Review: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

This is Not a Test
Courtney Summers
336 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
Young Adult | Zombies
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5/5 Stars
It's the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won't stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn't sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she's failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she's forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group's fate is determined less and less by what's happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life--and death--inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?
This is Not a Test was phenomenal. The writing was beautiful, and premise was awesome and unique. This is the first zombie book I've read and I loved it. It wasn't too gory and I was hanging on to every word. (I read this in one sitting because I was so engrossed.)

Just to give a little background on Sloane, she had an older sister who left her with her abusive father. Her mother died when she was young, and the book opens with her preparing to commit suicide. But then a zombie enters her house. She eventually finds herself trapped in a school with five of her classmates and they attempt to barricade the school to protect themselves.

Sloane was very different from other characters I've read because she's very observant and quiet. She is certainly not the leader/mastermind/brains of the operation type. She is not out risking her life out of the goodness of her heart, or impulsiveness, or because she wants to keep other people safe. She is carless with her life, and volunteers herself for any type of dangerous task where dying could be a consequence.

I liked the romantic parings, and I thought Summers did a good job placing the right amount of romance just where it was needed to add to the story.

There is a novella that comes after this book, but I don’t plan on reading it. I’ve heard it ends on a cliffhanger and I don’t think there are plans for another book. So I don't want to invest myself in a book without a solid ending.

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