This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers (Review)


Summary: 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?

Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Zombies, Science Fiction

Cover: I love how cryptic the cover is. It’s simplistic and eye-catching.

My thoughts: This Is Not a Test is a story centered around six students who have hidden in their high school because zombies have overtaken their society. The protagonist, Sloane Price, would rather be killed by a zombie than continue living because her sister, Lily, has ran away before the zombie outbreak began. Sloane lives a brutal life considering her father beat her and her sister before she ran away, leaving Sloane by herself. Rather than hoping to survive the apocalypse, Sloane embraces her hopelessness and wishes that the end will come soon because she doesn’t want to live anymore. This story isn’t just about zombies taking over the world. This beautifully written story is about depression, survival, unlikely friendships, betrayals, and the destruction of lives because of the apocalypse and people’s inner battles More