By Elizabeth Wroten
Review: This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
On 24, Apr 2013 | In Review | By Elizabeth Wroten
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 wantto 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 doyou hold on to?
I am really not much of a zombie person, but I am not above enjoying a good creepy zombie read from time to time. This Is Not a Test was well worth the read. A few of the characters were pretty irritating, but I never felt like it was unrealistic (aside from the whole zombie aspect, of course). I think maybe I liked this particular zombie story was because it wasn’t actually about zombies. It was really about the characters and the baggage they brought with them to the situation. Especially Sloane. And because she has survived some pretty horrific trauma and a recent collapse of life-as-she-knew-it long before the zombie apocalypse, it made the perspective on the whole catastrophe and the pettiness of some of the other characters an interesting one.
I will say the writing style took me some time to get into, but after I got past it, I was pretty hooked. The telling sign for me was that scenes have replayed in my head since putting it down several weeks ago.