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This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

July 19th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Source: Received for review

Publication date: June 19, 2012

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from

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 was an interesting book in that I have a hard time rating it.  It definitely wasn’t one I loved but I can see how others would because I enjoyed the style of writing.

I know that Sloane deserves pity I found her difficult to like and even at some point I stopped feeling as much pity because she was so deep in a self-pity party.

Despite never coming to like Sloane or really any of the other characters I did find each one fascinating and unflinchingly real.  Some of them make choices that sound horrible and it’s hard to believe they could do such a thing and yet it makes you wonder if you would truly behave differently.  So while their actions made me like the characters less it also made the story feel more believable.

The story itself was very different from what I was expecting from a zombie book.  There was surprisingly very little zombie action and in fact the entire zombie story line seemed more like a background to Sloane’s constant agonizing over why her sister would have left without telling her.  It also bothered me that there is not even a hint yet of how this all started, how this group of teens ended up together and how did Sloane get separated from her father in the first place.

In the end this isn’t a book I would pick up again but I think there are many out there who would really enjoy it.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult

2 Responses

  1. Mariana Hibbert

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