Monday, July 1, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Publication Date: June 19, 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 wantto 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?



The book is about a group of teenagers trying to survive an attack of zombies in their town. The group consists of Sloan, Cray, Grace, Trace, Rhys and Harrison.

The main character and the voice of the book is Sloan. She’s in the verge of planning to take her own life when the attack happened. Her sister, who’s she’s close with, went away without her because of some family problems. With what happened, she felt left out and insensitive about the people around her.

Cray acted as the leader of the group. He has some good survival instincts which made them last long. Cray is known in school as the one who sells pots and is always stoned. Grace and Trace are twins. Grace, as described by Sloan has a vintage look while Trace has a jock vibe, plays a lot of sports. They lost their parents while trying to get away from zombies. Rhys is a good guy and you’ll know more about him as you read the book. One thing that makes me remember Harrison is that he always cry, ALWAYS.

Sloane's way of narrating the book is a bit depressing and full of negativity. But I became so into the book and I really want to know what will happen to these kids. I felt for all of them eventhough each have different personalities. This is a book full of emotions and twists.

I haven't read any other zombie books but I highly recommend this!


Memorable Quotes:

“I woke up and the last piece of my heart disappeared. I opened my eyes and I felt it go.”

“Waiting around to be saved is like waiting to die and I have done more of both than anyone else in the room.” 

“The thing no one tells you about surviving, about the mere act of holding out, is how many hours are nothing because nothing happens. They also don’t tell you about how you can share your deepest secrets with someone, kiss them, and the next hour it’s like there’s nothing between you because not everything can mean something all the time or you’d be crushed under the weight of it.” 

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