Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Living Dead: This Is Not A Test-Courtney Summers

This is Not a TestThis Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers
Date Released: June 19, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 323 pages
Date Read: June 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
Source: For Review by St. Martin's Press
Goodreads Synopsis:   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?

My Review:

Tagline: "The end of the world. 6 students trapped in a school. The living dead constantly pounding on the doors"

"…I think it isn’t enough to survive for the sake of surviving…. Surviving should mean something like it means something to them. And if it doesn’t-
If it doesn’t."
Usually when people see a zombie book they usually think of all gorey details and no one suriving the living dead, but This Is Not A Test was no like that at all. It was more of how people react and see the world through the eyes of the survivors. This Is Not A Test will amaze you till the last page! Also, one of the very first zombie books I read and I didn't freak out like I normally do when watching zombie movies like Resident Evil. *gasps and looks relaxed* I was blown away by this book! :)


“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.”

This Is Not A Test starts with Sloanne Price, girl who's world has crumpled. She cuts herself and doesn't want the chance to live her life. When the undead comes and she takes refuge with 5 others at a local high school. Sloanne finally sees how other who actually want to live effect how she sees the world. Sloanne was surprisingly easily to relate too. Not that I cut myself or want to end my life but she was real and fresh. Courtney Summers really made a great character and shows how you can fight everyday even if you want it all to end. Sloanne really pushed me on edge with all her reasons to end her life, like going outside to rescue a person only to see it as an oppurtunity to die, but she was cutting edge and she really ripped me heart. *looks around*

All of the character was pretty intense. They would curse, freak out, cry, but its real and people really do that in situations like the dead. Rhys really stood out to me and I really like him as a character! He was always there for Sloanne and she would always push away but no matter what he was there for her. The other where also real but both Rhys and Sloanne really where the most relatble ones. It was a fight for survial for all of them and in the end it will surprise you what all of them do and what Sloanne does herself.

This Is Not A Test was a reiviting and intense zombie book. Courtney Summers blows you away with her take on the living dead and intense revalations with yourself. I'm definetly picking up her books again! [Deciding to read Cracked Up to be or Fall For Anything?]


I move closer to the glass, as close as I can get to it, begging her, begging Lily, begging Grace, begging all of them to tell me what's left, to just tell me while the girl pushes against the window, turns her tiny hands into tiny fists, begging me for a taste of - life.
My life.
Lily disappears. Grace. They all leave, they're gone, they will never be here again. But the wright of what they've shown me is settling into my bones. I don't know if I will keep it, but just in this moment, however brief, I feel closer to it that I ever have before...
The dead girl presses her face against the glass. She wait for me to tell her what's next.”


  1. As soon I picked up this book I did nothing else but read it, ok I may have gone to the kitchen to grab my lunch, but other than that I spent my whole Saturday in bed reading this book. I am not a zombie fan either but as soon as I had heard about this book I wanted to read it and I am happy that I did. My review for this will actually be posted tomorrow :).

    Scribing Shadows

  2. I'm glad to hear that this one was good. I recently bought it and I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the review! :)


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