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Thursday, April 26, 2018

#Book #Review: 4 out of 5 stars for This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers @courtney_s @StMartinsPress

PUBLISHER: St. Martin's Griffin
PUBLICATION DATE: June 19, 2012
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 322 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Horror
ISBN: 9780312656744
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:

This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for so long waiting to be read, and I'm kicking myself for not reading it sooner!

This post-apocalyptic story involves six teens who have holed themselves up in their high school to avoid the zombies outside. For the time being, they are safe and have access to water and food, but they know the time will come when they will have to leave the safety of their fortress. When one of the teachers is able to gain access to the school, the kids realize that their security isn't so airtight.

The main character is a girl named Sloane, whose father was abusive. She has a bit of a death wish, so she puts herself at risk time and again. I really felt for her. Each of the kids have their issues, and this book was more about them than the zombies. The threat to their safety is there, but this is more of a character-driven novel than a horror one.

I can't help wondering what led to the zombie apocalypse, and I wish that Summers would have provided more backstory on that. Maybe a prequel can be added to the series, pretty please?

When I finished, I was ravenous for more and I immediately purchased the next book in the series, Please Remain Calmso that I could find out how it all ends.

Summers is a new-to-me author, and I'm so stoked to find another Canadian author to enjoy. 

MY RATING:

4 stars!! It was really good, and you should put it on your TBR if you enjoy zombies!

This book qualifies as:
#18 for my Strictly Print Reading Challenge
#9 for my 11th Annual Canadian Book Challenge
#20 for my Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2018
#32 for my Beat the Backlist 2018 Challenge
#29 for my The Backlist Reader Challenge 2018
#18 for my New Authors 2018 Reading Challenge
#19 for my 2018 Try Something New Challenge
#24 for my 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge
#32A for my Good Rule Reading Challenge
#15 for my 2018 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
#15 for my 2018 A to Z Reading Challenge
#13 for my What An Animal Reading Challenge 2018
#12 for my 2018 Paranormal Reading Challenge
#10 for my Science Fiction vs Fantasy Bingo 2018
#9 for my 2018 YA Reading Challenge
Task #2 for my Goodreads Spring 2018 Scavenger Challenge - Umbrellas
#4 for my Chapter Break Bingo April 2018
#4 for my Spring into Horror Readathon April 2018

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