27 November 2012

Book Review: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Title: This is Not a Test
Author: Courtney Summers
File type: ARC
Release date: June 19th 2012
Genre: YA, Horror, Zombies

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?

 Oh,wow. I'm impressed with Courtney Summers' writing. 

If you are planing to read this book don't expect any Resident Evil ass kicking. This Is Not a Test was so much more than a zombie book. It was a book about survival and overcoming your fear about the past/future.

I was conflicted about Sloan because she kept a lot of things to herself. She doesn't want anyone to know about the abuse she suffered because of her father and about her sister Lily who ran away. But after awhile she gets comfortable around Rhys and lets him in. I liked Rhys. He was the most reasonable of all six teenagers hiding inside their high-school. Cory was the brave leader who had to make all the hard decisions,Harrison was a crying baby,the twins-Trace,the selfish and obnoxious guy who I just couldn't hate and Grace,beautiful and compassionate girl have to find a way to survive while someone is lurking inside the school. 

I loved The Forest of Hands and Teeth but this book is much better. While reading this book I had a feeling like the zombie apocalypse could happen any moment now and we would be in danger.

4.5 stars

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