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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Griffin (9 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312656742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312656744
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""This Is Not a Test" is both "sexy" and desolate, and it will blast a hole through your heart, yet somehow start to stitch it back together again"--Daisy Whitney, author of "The Mockingbirds" and "The Rivals""Courtney Summers is a ferocious talent in YA fiction. "This Is Not a Test" brought me to tears, caused me to gasp in shock in public places, and almost put a stop to my heart . . . Summers' voice is raw with emotion, and utterly right for the impending zombie apocalypse."--Nova Ren Suma, author of "Imaginary Girls""[Courtney Summers] blends all the perfection and simplicity that defines her writing so well with this added paranormal element for a snappy, exciting story I just couldn't stop reading, and then I got to the very end and realized that it was about so much more than just making it out alive."--Julie Cross, author of "Tempest""Intriguing.... It takes some artistic guts to set a portrayal of a suicidal teenager amid attacking zombies, but Summers has a history of risky choices.... Unusual and absorbing."--"Kirkus"

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Courtney Summers is the author of young adult novels including "Fall for Anything," "Some Girls Are," and "Cracked Up to Be." She lives and writes in Canada, where she divides her time between a piano, a camera, and a word-processing program when she's not planning for the impending zombie apocalypse.

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This is not a test is centred around a group of teenagers, fighting for survival after a zombie outbreak hits their town. And its not exactly what I would call a Zombie book. More a book with a zombie background.

The main character in this book is Slone, a young girl with an abusive father and absent sister. Slone had planned for years to run away with her older sister Lily, to be free of their father. But when Lily decided to do it alone, without warning, Slone is let alone with no one else who understands. Contemplating suicide when the outbreak happens, she finds her self barricaded in the local school with 5 other teenagers only difference with her and them? they actually want to live. She tries to cut herself off from the rest, something that isn't as subtle as she thinks, but when she finds her self falling for someone unexpected, part of her wants to survive. For him.

The teenagers are constantly battling with the outside, and themselves. And this book is filled with a lot of hard subjects such a abuse, suicide and death. the only thing I didn't like about this book was the way Slone was always constantly talking about killing herself. I know that's the way she was from the start, it just got slightly annoying

First Courtney Summers book and I'm happy to say it wont be my last. I thought it was very well written and I loved that she had managed to mix contemporary with paranormal. I would have loved to see it as a series, but it worked really well as a stand alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pedacinho Literário on 2 Jan 2014
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It's so hard for me to talk about this book. I don't want to forget it, I don't want to read anything after this, I feel kind of numb actually, and I sure don't want... I don't even know what I want or don't want anymore. All I really do know is that This is Not a Test has touched me incredibly, and I seriously hope I'll never be in a situation like the one Sloane or any other character from the group, was. It's desperation to its maximum. It's constant fear. It's dealing with the unknown, with the infected ones, the starved ones, who will haunt you, hunt you, chase you and eat you at the first chance they get. This story is so well written, the characters are so astonishingly damaged and scared and lost, the plot is so damn emotional and raw and thrilling and mysterious... that anything can happen and everything undoubtedly will.

I fell in love with Sloane at first line. I'm still in love with her. I'm still in love with Rhys, and Cary, and Harrison, and Grace, and even with Trace. I absolutely love them all, because every single one of them is special, was special, in their own way, and every single one of them served a purpose. Not all had a happy ending--or when you come to really think about it, they just might have had their happy ending--but they were certainly all memorable. Sloane for her numbness and persistence, Rhys for his passion and loyalty, Cary for his leadership and strength, Harrison for the innocent panicked comments and questions that somehow made me laugh even when they were not intended to be funny, Grace for her beauty and forgiving will, and Trace... Trace for his devotion to his sister and his beliefs and, of course, his edgy side that always kept me in alert mode.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. Clarke on 21 July 2012
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I LOVE zombie books - I LOVE Courtney Summers
So when I heard that an author I love had written a book in my favourite genre I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!

It was not what I expected at all - it has Courtney Summers' stamp on it, her writing style is clear to see : the characters are very well developed, they all have unique and distict personalities and their actions fit in with these, the dialogue is very believable and she really makes you care about them - even the less disirable ones.

I personally usually like more gruesome zombie action but I like that she has stuck to her style - there was enough and when it was done it was done brilliantly. This book definitely focuses more on the psychological aspect of a zombie apocalypse. The fear that they will breach the school - hearing them banging to get in - and everyone dealing with the things they saw, the people they lost, and for Sloane : she is still alive when just before the zombies came she had decided to end her life after years of violence at the hands of her father. How do you fight to survive when you want to die? How do follow through with your plan to end your life when you are surrounded by people who desperateky want to live? This was the most fascinating part of the book, witnessing Sloane try to decide what she wants to do whilst being influenced by others.

There was plenty of conflict too within this book - between the survivors hiding in the school and with outsiders they encounter. Its scary what people are capable of when put in a situation like this and I love the conflict created by the author. She chose some very interesting ways of putting issues between the characters.

Overall this was really a very good zombie story.
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