This Is Not A Test

This Is Not A Test

Book - 2012
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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?
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2012.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312656744
Branch Call Number: YA SUMMERS
Characteristics: 325 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.


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Not just your normal zombie story! Sloan is in a bad place and struggling with suicidal thoughts when suddenly she is caught up in the zombie apocalypse! Soon she and a handful of survivors are struggling to survive in a fortress-like high school. The things happening in the world around them and... Read More »

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Mar 27, 2017

I read This is Not a Test in one sitting (when I ought to have been sleeping). That tells you how fast-paced and engrossing it is. It's what I'd consider to be a realistic look at the zombie apocalypse. Six teens, thrown together by chance, trying to survive and figure out their next move...while under so much pressure, guilt, depression, and fear that they're incapable of working together as a team. Truly, this is how it would go. Human beings are just too fractious under pressure and fear for anything else.

As a narrator, Sloane is not a likable character. She's rather fatalistic and has a pretty crummy life even before the fall of humanity. She doesn't make connections with others, and she comes across as standoffish and self-isolating. So right away the narrative scope is interesting. The choices made by characters throughout the novel are pretty heartbreaking. I didn't tear up or anything, but I really appreciate the irony and the surprises that Summers threw into it.

The end is a bit of a cliffhanger- emotionally poignant but somewhat unresolved. However, there's a #1.5 in the series, and hopefully a #2 in the series at some point. And I will read both. Probably in one sitting again. Aside from the ridiculously pretentious names (which makes me think the town is 99% white folks, and these kids were born in the early 90s when it was en vogue to name your baby esoteric things), this book was really intriguing. I recommend it for fans of zombies, YA dystopian, and unreliable narrators.

BlueDragon22 May 03, 2014

This book actually ended up being my favourite this year, I really enjoyed it, it was suspenseful and had interesting characters.

november191998 Mar 30, 2014

This book was something I wouldn't normally pick up but enjoyed. I found it played around with your emotions and I really felt for the main character.

Sassy29 Mar 25, 2014

I did enjoy this book, but i found it very emotional and depressing. Also i think the ending should have answered a few more questions.

fantasy8dreamer Feb 06, 2014

I don't usually enjoy zombies, but this book made me want to keep reading. It was well done and I do recommend that you read it.

Princealamar Dec 18, 2013

Just finished this book- it was definitely a suspenseful story and it was interesting how instead of making zombies seem not scary and dangerous they made themseem scary and dangerous but I wish that the end wasn't so open.

Aug 29, 2013

I started reading last night and I'm half way through - would have finished if I could have stayed up all night.

ChristchurchLib Jun 04, 2013

"First-person, present-tense narration brings psychological tension and raw authenticity to this unusual and gripping survival story. Sloan Price is so damaged by her horrifically abusive home life that when the zombie infection hits her town, she sees it a welcome opportunity to die. Yet when she’s barricaded inside the high school with a group of other teens, she finds herself fighting for life instead, even as personal relationships strain and flesh-eating monsters beat down the door. Pushing the boundaries of traditional brains-and-blood-soaked zombie stories, This Is Not a Test is a must-read for fans of Carrie Ryan." June 2013 Teen Scene newsletter

Apr 05, 2013

I didn't really expect it to be this good. Thought it was just another zombie gorey and desperate post-apocalypse kind of book, but it was more than that. It had a bit of romance, and intriguing parts about her families' past. Really hooked me in. I finished it in one night! :)

Apr 01, 2013

Oh wow. This book was great - seriously depressing - but a captivating read. The characters were great, but I repeat: this book was sooo sad! The stuff that happens is probably realistic for what would happen, but still majorly sad. And, I do not deal well with open endings haha....I want to know what happens next! I wish there was a sequel or something.

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