Early Review: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

 

Expected Publication: June 19, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Source: Review copy from publisher via. Raincoast Books
Find the author: Goodreads || Website || Twitter: @courtney_s
Buy: Amazon || B&N || The Book Depository

~ The Blurb ~
From Goodreads

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?

~ My Thoughts ~

This is Not a Test is a devastatingly emotional and a thrilling rollercoaster ride. I was truly unprepared for what I would find within the pages of This Is Not A Test. I expected your typical zombie story, gore, guts and a bit of killing… Was I ever wrong!  While This is Not a Test is a Zombie book, it is not a Zombie book – that is to say it is not about the Zombies. It really is about a group of kids who are holed up in the local high school trying to survive the Zombie apocalypse. Sloane Price is one of those kids; the only problem is that she doesn’t actually want to survive. From literally the very first page of this novel I was hooked, the pure emotion written into the opening of this novel set the stage for an utterly addictive and heartbreaking read.

I am not even going to try to summarize beyond that because I refuse to give anything away and spoil your experience reading this novel. Just know that the creativity in the plotting is out of this world, the characters are rich and extremely well developed, and the language is rife with passion. Summers is an incredible story teller and she is not only able to arouse incredibly intense feeling in her readers but she is also able to create a world so vivid that you expect to see it the next time you open your front door. I read the last half of this novel in a waiting room and I am sure those sitting alongside of me thought I needed a mental evaluation. I could not keep quiet or sit still while I was reading. It was one of those books that evoked a guttural response from me on more than one occasion and I was literally on the edge of my seat (to the point where I nearly fell off… twice).

I highly recommend This is Not a Test to anyone who still has breath left in them. Seriously, even if you don’t do zombies, the emotional depth of this novel is too great to be ignored.

 

I received an eARC of this book from the publisher and Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

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