This Is Not a Test | Courtney Summers | St. Martin’s Griffin | This is Not a Test #1 | 5 Stars | Source: Bought | 326 pages | Young Adult | Zombies | Horror
Release Date: June 19th, 2012
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 one of those books that has been on my radar for years. I kept my eye out for it in book stores all the time and I never saw it. I then saw a Tumblr post saying that is was on sale and with my new kindle to hand, I had to buy. I am so glad I did by the time I finished it!
There are two ongoing themes that I found in this novel. The first one is Sloane surviving herself and her internal struggle. The second is Sloane and a newly adopted party of six surviving people an outbreak of the dead wanting to tear them apart. At times there was more of one theme than the other but it was very well divided.
Sloane has been through an awful time. She is painfully broken. The people in her life have either hurt her or left her and she has lost her will to live. It was so interesting see her character who has a chronic need to die alongside people who are giving up everything to live. She looks at every possible option to see if it can help her execute her plans. I constantly wanted to find out more about her to see the motivation behind her thoughts.
There weren’t too many action actions scenes but the few that were there were enough. They delivered everything I want in a novel. Fear of imminent death, crushed skulls etc. They were so well executed and I found myself willing the characters to fight and live another day.
Another element that I thought was well done was the parts where there were no zombies. The characters portrayed a fear that consisted of “what if’s” and sometimes, that can be worse the worst of all.