This is Not a Test

Courtney Summers

This is Not a Test
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This is Not a Test

Courtney Summers

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?

Review

I couldn’t put this book down. I carried it with me everywhere, reading it on my lunchbreak, on the tram and standing in line at the supermarket.

It’s a fantastic, addictive read – The Breakfast Club meets The Walking Dead. Six teenagers are barricaded into their school after a zombie virus breaks out. The zombies are a constant, threatening presence, banging on the doors and hovering outside, but the real tension of the novel lies within the walls of the school as a psychological drama plays out. Every character has done questionable things to survive this far and no one is sure of who they can trust. Secrets are exposed, alliances are formed (and broken) and resentments grow. This is dark, gritty, sophisticated YA – the kind of book to be equally enjoyed by both adults and teens.


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