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Friday, April 27, 2018

#Book #Review: 5 out of 5 stars for Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers @courtney_s @StMartinsPress

SERIES: This is Not a Test, Book #1.5
AUTHOR: Courtney Summers
PUBLISHER: St. Martin's Griffin
PUBLICATION DATE: January 20, 2015
FORMAT: Kindle Edition
LENGTH: 96 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Horror
ASIN: B00PF8197K
In this gripping sequel to This is Not a Test, Rhys and Sloane are headed for a safe haven when they get separated along the way. Rhys is determined to reunite with Sloane until he discovers people who might need him more--people who offer him the closest he'll get to everything he's lost, if they can just hold on long enough.

Rhys thinks he has what it takes to survive and find the girl he lost, but in a world overrun by the dead, there are no guarantees and the next leg of his journey will test him in unimaginable ways ...

Wow, just wow! Summers has outdone herself!! When I finished the first book in this series, This is Not a Test, I couldn't get my hands on the next book fast enough. Summers totally blew me away with this one.

This novella is told from the point of view of Rhys, and it picks up right where the previous installment leaves off. Rhys and Sloan have left the safety of the school and have ventured out into the zombie-infested world in an effort to reach Rayford, a nearby town that is supposed to be safe. 

If you are thinking that these zombies are the slow-moving kind that stumble around like the ones in the cheesy B-flicks, you'd be wrong! These ones move fast, and the only time they aren't moving is when they are in a kind of stasis when there is no living food to hunt. They wait. <cue in the creepy music>

This book is one wild ride! The danger was all around Rhys and Sloane, and it was so palpable that it felt like I was living what they were going through. It was scary and intense, and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough! I loved the Preppers but, geez Louise, gaaaaaaaah. That's it. I won't say more. You'll have to read it for yourself. 

Memorable quotes:

"My dad always said we're at the mercy of something greater than ourselves and whatever humanity we don't show to others, we pay for."

"I'm afraid everything I was is gone and all that's left is everything I'm not."

"These days it feels like alive is an accidental state of being."

I know it's not likely to happen, but I'm holding out for the slim chance that Summers will make a prequel or sequel to this series. Please, give me more! In the meantime, I'm definitely going to check out her backlist.


5 stars!! I loved it, and I will likely re-read it! You should definitely put it on your TBR if you are a zombie or post-apocalyptic fan!

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