This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
Release Date: June 19th 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Age Group: Young Adult
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?
I'm completely at awe and confused! (The ending)
Well things weren’t always so good for me with this book; I didn’t like it until almost halfway through. I was totally spent with these characters and literally dragging through the dirt with them. I thought MC Sloane was weak, with everything she has been through I wanted her to rise up and fight. But given the circumstances (Zombies), I would have been scared to death. People have made references to ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘The Walking Dead.’ That pretty much sums up these characters, so I have to agree! These teens, who didn’t like each other very much and had their own personal baggage, somehow worked together to survive. Summers makes the situation totally realistic and believable.
Zombie factor: Oh there are zombies and when they make an appearance it’s going to be bloody, epic, and intense! It’s probably going to be weird to say this but the zombies made me love the characters more. ‘You really get to know how people are when they’re afraid’ (or something like that.) People can literally surprise with what they would do to save their lives. But these teens were heroic, passionate, and brave. Redeeming qualities in my book!
Romance: YES! Just a hint. I loved it, but I wish it was under different circumstances…
With ‘This Is Not A Test’ you’ll probably find yourself saying ‘OMGZ’ ‘Why’, *tear*, ‘RUN!’’ I know CS said that ‘there’s no plan for a sequel’ but I feel like it needs one (anyone else?) I was totally confused with the ending. I couldn’t figure it out for the life of me, it’s so open. You just can’t do that to me! I was seriously considering contacting Summers and try pick her brain! CS writing was amazing, heard great things about her books, and now I know why! Fans of CS and Zombies will definitely devour this book.
Summer of first loves OUT!
Zombies, Blood, and Romance IN!