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Thursday, April 18, 2013

{Book Review} This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

This is Not a Test
by Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Released: June 19th 2012
Genre:Fiction- YA(With adult themes): Horror, paranormal, zombie
How I got it: Bought it

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?

Review: I found This is not a test to be a very emotionally draining book.
Sloane is a teen who's life hasn't been great. Her life father was an abusive jerk, her mother is dead and her sister took off leaving Sloane to be their father's punching bag. At the beginning of the book Sloane has had it, she's ready to end her life. She doesn't want to keep going, as she just doesn't see the point. Basically Sloane is the opposite of every heroine I've seen. She hangs back content to stay invisible and silent. Her strength and loyalty seem to stem from the fact that she refuses to be like her sister.
Especially as she learns there were things about her sister that she never knew. Even though she said and thought that she was going to give up, and even after a botched attempt at death by bravery, I never got the impression that Sloane was a quitter.
For a zombie book there really wasn't a lot of zombie fighting, yet with Sloane's emotional upheaval the book was rarely boring. Once Sloane reached the bottom, I felt like the other characters were working to build her up. For me this wasn't really a book about surviving a zombie attack, but of a young woman being pulled up from the bottom.

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