Review: This Is Not A Test

This Is Not a Test

Courtney Summers
2012
St. Martin’s Griffin
978-0-312-65674-4

Sloane Price is ready to give up on life. Ever since her older sister, Lily, left six months ago, things at home have just gotten worse. So when the tiny town of Cortege is overtaken by zombies, Sloane is far from panicked. Instead, as she hides with five other teens inside her high school fighting for survival, she can’t help but wonder if this is her chance to escape from a life she’s no longer sure she wants.

This Is Not a Test is different from Summers’s other books in the sense that it features zombies and therefore can’t really be classed as realistic fiction. I’m not big on zombies myself, but I feel confident fans of her other books will still enjoy this one as I did. Throughout the novel, we see different sides of the teens taking shelter at Cortege High, such as Cary, who tries to be a leader but is really just as scared as everyone else, or Trace, who I found extremely obnoxious but yet manages to show a softer side though his relationship with his sister, Grace. As the story unfolds, we learn more about Sloane and how she got to the point of being ready to take her own life and we hope she finds a way to hold on amidst the chaos surrounding her.

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