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This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

This Is Not a Test (edition 2012)

by Courtney Summers

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Title:This Is Not a Test
Authors:Courtney Summers
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2012), Paperback, 336 pages
Collections:2013 Archive (inactive)
Tags:Teen, Adult, Zombies, Post-Apocalyptic, Eden Rassette, 2013

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This is not a test like Zom-B was yet again centered around a group of teenagers, fighting for survival after a zombie outbreak hits their town. And just like Zom-b its not exactly what I would call a Zombie book. More a book with a zombie background.

Warning: May contain spoilers

The main Character in this book is Slone, a young girl with an abusive father and absent sister. Slone had planned for years to run away with her older sister Lily, to be free of their father. But when Lily decided to do it alone, without warning, Slone is let alone with no one else who understands. Contemplating suicide when the outbreak happens, she finds her self barricaded in the local school with 5 other teenagers, only difference with her and them? they actually want to live. She tries to cut herself off from the rest, something that isn't as subtle as she thinks, but when she finds her self falling for someone unexpected, part of her wants to survive. For him.

The teenagers are constantly battling with the outside, and themselves. And this book is filled with a lot of hard subjects such a abuse, suicide and death. The only thing I didn't like about this book was the way Slone was always constantly talking about killing herself. I know that's the way she was from the start, it just got slightly annoying

First Courtney Summers book and I'm happy to say it wont be my last. I thought it was very well written and I loved that she had managed to mix contemporary with paranormal. I would have loved to see it as a series, but it worked really well as a stand alone. ( )
  Staciesnape | Sep 14, 2014 |
This book kinda seemed like the Breakfast Club meets the Zombie apocalypse.
Six teenagers are hidden in the school and its the end of the world as we know it.
The main character Sloane had decided before the end of the world happened that she was done. She had been abandoned by her older sister to an abusive father. She keeps looking for her out to end her life several times in the book.
I really did enjoy this book. It's fast paced and there is no down time where you are waiting for something to happen. It keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. I started it in an afternoon and couldn't go to bed until I finished it. ( )
  bookqueenshelby | Sep 9, 2014 |
As someone who loves zombie books I really had high hopes for this one. I feel so let down.

I found the writing flat. I couldn't get a good feel for some of the characters - it seemed they just morphed whichever way the author needed them to go. And I really could have done without all of the language. It didn't really fit in with the conversations - just seemed thrown in there for spice. And the spice was horrible.

I'm kind of sad I spent money on this, but hopefully there are some who will like it. ( )
  Mirandalg14 | Aug 18, 2014 |
*No spoilers.

4.5 Stars.

I didn’t take a lot of notes while reading this, because I didn’t have it in me to stop reading. I was sucked in from the first sentence and I just held on for the ride.

I love zombie books, zombie movies, zombie jokes, zombie TV shows, zombie references, zombie costumes, etc. When I read that this was a zombie book, I was ecstatic. Little did I know, friends. Little did I know. This isn’t a zombie book. This is the poignant story of a young girl with not a lot to live for, who suddenly finds herself in a world where she might not survive the night. Now add a zombie crust and YUM – my kind of book.

The MC is a downer. Like, seriously. She’s a fucking downer. Like, Black Hole type of downer. Don’t look for uplifting hope anywhere in her vicinity, because you will be disappointed. She’s a fucking downer. But, she doesn’t drone. I LOVE that. To me, there’s nothing worse than a Debbie Downer that drones on and on about how shitty they are, their world is, their situation is, everyone else is, etc. Sloane makes very keen observations and has pointed thoughts that are often a punch to your gut. There’s no dwelling and so it makes her very dreary disposition easy to swallow. I like dark. I crave dark and Sloane is dark. She just doesn’t bash you over the head with it. Her main focus, what drove her every move throughout the book was something that touched me profoundly. I just put myself into her situation and it tore me up inside. The imagining. And the anger. Ugh. Good ugh.

This is a poignant and creepy read. Some moments were so intense that I had to stop reading and steel myself. The creep factor is high with this one. It doesn’t come often, but it comes hard.. Heh.

There were some mediocre moments, true. This is not a perfect book, nor is it perfectly written, but it was intense and had me on the edge of my seat. I also liked the MC and all her flaws. All of these things will milk 5 stars outta me on most nights.

There were a few characters that could have used a good munching, for my taste. They annoyed the shit outta me and I wished fervently for their horrid death, but that didn’t detract from how much I loved this book, because that part of the story wasn’t the main focus. It seemed like it was, but it wasn’t. Not really.

Oh, and there were fucking zombies.

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  JennyJen | Aug 14, 2014 |
What would you hold on to, when everything's gone? That's the question Courtney Summers asks her characters, and ultimately, us, in her new, explosively exciting novel, This Is Not a Test.
This awesome, post-apocalyptic zombie novel is seen through the eyes of the down beaten, often depressing Sloane Prince. To Sloane, life is all but over for her, for the past six months when her world all but tumbled down all around her.
Joining her in the novel are five teens: Rhys, Cary, Harrison, Trace and Grace, the twins. Each of the five teens have an annoying predisposition of living and surviving the zombie attacks, which oftentimes annoys Sloane.
Okay, do you get the idea of zombies, the apocalypse, and six teens stuck in their high school? Yeah? Great, now I can start reviewing.
As mentioned above, Sloane is the Debbie Downer of the novel. She's so down on her luck that even I, the person with the worst luck ever, feels fortunate. At every turn she managed to make me feel for her. My head was spinning throughout the novel, questioning her and her decisions, until finally I threw my head back and said, (to myself of course), 'Sierra, stop thinking. Just read.' When I did, I'll tell you, Sloane stopped making me what to slap the heck out of her and give her a huge hug and a pat on the back.
I realized, people, that she is much, much stronger than I would ever be in the aftermath of the DAMN ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! She's so calm, when I was sittin' up here going, "OMFG. THERE ARE ZOMBIES AT THE DOOR! AHH!" and at every thump on the stairs in my house, or the rain on the windows, I was jumping going "Holy shit! ZOMBIES!" and I just wanted to grab Sloane, perform some kind of brain surgery and take her calm, sensible thinking and give it to myself. (I actually just grossed myself out thinking of that procedure...ick!)
Alright, Sloane has been established, let's move on.
I absolutely adored Harrison. If I were in this novel, Harrison would be my best friend. Mainly because no one really liked him, and he was so worried about dying that I would have to befriend the little dweeb. Grace was okay, but Trace was mean, cruel and hilarious. Cary, you're damn awesome, too.
And then there was one.
Rhys. His character was almost awesome. I say almost because I really didn't feel connected to him, and I wasn't sympathizing with him like I was with all the other characters. I dunno. It was just this huge sense of disconnect when he popped the hell up (and he did it a lot. Following Sloane around like some little puppy).
Anyways, the characters were all pretty cool.
But let's move on to the awesomesauce of the novel: ZOMBIES. God I love those little bastards. It's such a thrill when reading and your characters are running for their lives from formerly-innocent humans starved for your blood. I legit felt like my heart was palpating out of my damn chest when Sloane and Rhys venture outside. I was like "OMG OMG OMG THEY'RE GUNNA DIE! LOOK OUT! ZOMBIE!!!!!".
Alright, caps, exclamation points, gtfo. I'm done with them I swear. But do you understand how much I love ZOMBIES?! (I can't say zombies without caps-ing it. Oh, I just did. I'm cured! Thank god. For a minute there I thought I was turning into an airhead. Aren't zombies airheads? Oh, god. Am I a zombie? Fuck this shit! I'm outta here!)
Loved the characters, the story line (um, durr! or gurrr depending on if you're a zombie or not...), and Courtney Summers' exceptional writing. Can't wait for more by this author!
Now for a little more: The title? Pure awesome. The cover? So damn beautiful. When I saw it I was like 'OMFG. LOOK AT IT!' and shoving it in the faces of family/friends. Ah, behold the awesome that is a Courtney Summers novel. :)
4/5 stars.

Thanks GR First Reads for the chance to read! :D ( )
  cicibear26 | Jun 28, 2014 |
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Barricaded in Cortege High with five other teens while zombies try to get in, Sloane Price observes her fellow captives become more unpredictable and violent as time passes although they each have much more reason to live than she has.

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