Tuesday, August 7, 2012

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Publisher: MacMillan: St. Martin’s Griffin

Series: (Standalone)

Genera: Sci-fi Dystopian/Horror

Subjects: Zombies, survival, schools

Length: 322 pgs.

HC/PB: Paperback

Summary/ product description: “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 Rating: êêê1/2

My Review: I’m slightly disappointed in this book. Mostly because the main character, Sloane, would rather die than try to survive. She’s suicidal, depressed because her sister left her with her abusive dad. When the zombie apocalypse arrives, she think that she took the pills and this is all a dream and that she’ll be dead soon. When she’s saved by classmates, it takes them a week to make it to the school when the story takes place.

The whole story is about they’re survival and who they can trust. There are zombies outside and they have to keep it that way. The story doesn’t focus on the zombies. It focuses on the survivors. On people. I didn’t care much for the characters, but I did like the suspense of their survival.

I did enjoy this book enough to finish it in one day. It was pretty fast paced, set in 1st person, present tense. It feels like you’re in the moment.

If you liked any of the books about teens surviving in a confined space, or the Forest of Hands in Teeth series, you may like this book. I you like contemporary books about social issues and books about survival or zombies, then this may be the perfect read for you.

Cover Art Review: Cool and creepy. Looks like the girl’s neck it getting snapped. I like the red blood got in the corner.

~Haley G

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