REVIEW: This Is Not A Test (This Is Not A Test #1) by Courtney Summers a.k.a a a zombie book, but not really
AUTHOR: Courtney Summers
PUBLICATION: Published June 19th 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin
GENRE: YA > Horror | Zombies
PAGES: 336pages (Kindle Edition)
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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?
If there’s one word to describe my emotion after reading This Is Not A Test, it’s.. surprised.
I know that zombies are involved, I just didn’t know that it would be that emotional and that the story has that depth that usually books by this genre lacks. It’s amazing how Courtney Summers made her readers sympathize to a main protagonist who whines every chapter because she just wanted to die. I honestly don’t feel for suicidal heroines, I know, I’m heartless. But most of them are just irritating that’s why it’s hard to sympathize. But Sloane is different. She’s real, she developed as a character and her journey is just heart wrenching.
Sloane is one of the students that hid inside Cortege High when the apocalypse broke down. In there, six students are trying to survive and making plans to stay alive. But they don’t know that Sloane has other plans. You see, Sloane wants to die. From the opening chapter of the book, she makes it clear that she no longer wants to live. Her father hurts her and her sister, the only family she cares about, left her. What’s the reason to live? But Sloane will find the answer to that question when she and and six more students found themselves trapped in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.
This Is Not A Test is a zombie book, but it’s really not. Do you get what I’m saying? The atmosphere of the book is really good, it’s like you’re really there with Sloane that’s why you get the chills and the creeps, and yet, the story.. is so emotionally raw. It’s terrifying and poignant. Courtney Summers is one of the best authors ever, I can attest to that. Her writing is… WOW. I can’t describe it. It’s lyrical, gritty and gripping.
This is also one of the most character driven book I’ve ever read. The characterization is brilliant. Each character has stories and you will find yourself eager to know it. Though the book isn’t focused on the romance aspect, being me, I still shipped Sloane with someone and guess what? It sailed!
Courtney Summers could write on a napkin and I would read it, devour it, love it. Although the fact that it’s a zombie novel is going to be widely publicized, the novel is so much more than that. This is a zombie novel for people who don’t like books about zombies. Fantastic contemporary YA with a twist. Highly, highly recommended.