Paperback: 320 pages
Expected Publication: June 19th 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Received: Finished copy from publisher for review
Challenges: 2012 Goodreads Challenge
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?
Sloane does not have your happy go lucky teenage life. Sloane's father is a terrible man, one who has a hard time dealing with his anger. He has only one way, his. And if something happens to not go his way Sloane will endure his anger, and wear it all over her body.
Sloane's mother has died, and her sister..just couldn't seem to take it any longer. So she left, leaving Sloane to deal with it all on her own. That was not the plan and Sloane just can not understand why her sister left her, when they were going to leave together. Why did she just leave Sloane, alone?
One morning while eating breakfast, there is loud commotion at the door, and Sloane knowing that she cannot move, she has not finished her breakfast yet. Her father goes to the door; at that moment everything changes. Shouting, screaming, blood. What is happening? Why is the neighbor eating her husband?
The only thing Sloane is thinking right now, leave. Run. & she does.Salone, Cary, Trace, Grace, Rhys and Harrison are all trapped inside the High School. They have barricaded them shelves in. Hoping that soon they are saved, rescued from the undead that reside outside. Constantly trying to get inside to them, it's like they know they are there. Like they can just smell them. But the thing is that is what Sloane wants, a way out, one step closer to leaving this world. What does she have left to live for? Nothing! Sloane's life is to complicated for her, and giving up is the only thing she wants.
The only news that they have is a constant playing on the radio. Over and over the same thing.
---This is Not a Test----
Leaving them unsure of not only of each other but if help is ever going to come.
Throughout most of this book you will learn more about the characters, watch them grow; and come to terms with things within them selves, as well as a group. Although this is a book taking place during a zombie apocalypse, there is so much more to this book then just that. Yes, they are there & they will make their appearance; and when they do, you will be on the edge of your seat. Literally.
This is Not a Test is a very disturbingly haunting, dark story filled with broken characters. They must have the will to live, the fight, the strength to make it out alive. But everyone does not have the mentality to endure this situation, while others just want to die. Give up. The end would be easier right?
If you are looking for a happy ending to this story, you will not get it. You will get a gut wrenching finale that will leave you speechless.
I was not let down by Courtney Summers; This is Not a Test. Summers is a fabulous writer who has a way with words. Her books have such raw emotion, to where you cannot, help but to feel what the characters are feeling. All of them. Especially the MC, the Sloane. She was not this happy character. Her life was shattered in a million pieces, but Summers wrote her to be MORE then just that!! Very intriguing.
“I woke up and the last piece of my heart disappeared. I opened my eyes and I felt it go.”