This Is Not a Test-Courtney Summers

This Is Not a Test

Courtney Summers

St. Martin’s Griffin, Jun 19 2012, $9.99

ISBN: 9780312656744


When her older sister Lily fled from their physically abusive father, she left her younger sibling Cortege High School junior Sloane as his only victim.  With mom buried, six months since Lily betrayed her when she abandoned her, Sloane increasingly considers suicide. 


Her “To be or not to be” contemplation ends when the world ends.  Sloane and five other teens (Harrison, Grace, Rhys, Cary and Trace) are trapped inside the high school prison while outside zombies over run the town.  The sextet easily converts the building into a fortress knowing that for now they have plenty of food and water.  As they struggle to survive in an oasis surrounded by hell, power fights occur while Sloane thinks of what she will say to lily when they next meet.


This is an intriguing young adult zombie thriller that focuses on staying alive rather than on the nightmare outside the school; ergo the action is limited while how the characters behave during the crisis is the prime storyline.  The six protagonists have different personalities though we meet them through Sloane’s melancholic filter or in-fighting; Harrison showcases her lens as the readers learn almost nothing about him compared to the others except in Sloane’s mind he is a weeping non.  Dark with a sort of On the beach (by Nevil Shute) mentality, fans who enjoy a psychological thriller will want to read this fascinating zombie apocalypse now.


Harriet Klausner


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