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This Is Not A Test [Paperback]

Courtney Summers
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9 July 2012

"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?

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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: 21 x 14 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,078 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"

About the Author

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post apocalyptic teen angst at its best 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read 1 Sep 2012
By Sally18
Seriously great book. I could not put the book down for one minute. I loved how the relationships between each character were shown and how detailed everything was. Would definitely recommend reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favourites 2 Jan 2014
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Zombie Violence With A Contemporary Feel 26 Mar 2014
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Argh *zombie noises* Can zombies be excited about really great zombie books? Because if they could I bet they would be excited about this one. This Is Not A Test is a horror/zombie tale with a strong contemporary feel and somehow, that just works. With contemporary, I sometimes find myself a little bored as the pace feels slower. However This Is Not A Test kept up the contemporary tone and feel but also kept the action and sense of danger, despite the majority of the book being set in just one building. I would say this was one of the scariest zombie books I have ever read.

My heart really went out for Sloane, her life was just rubbish, seriously. She was constantly being beaten up by her father, like seriously beaten up, the can't go to school because the bruises are showing type. On top of that her sister had recently run away and now there's actual real life (dead life?) zombies banging on the doors. She was so broken I wasn't sure we were going to make it to the end of the first couple of chapters with her, let alone the whole book. She had literally lost the will to live, in the worst possible time.

The other characters had their own faults too, although I won't lie, I kept getting Cary and Rys mixed up at times. I felt that the most interesting person was Harrison, who was one of those wet type of guys who I would probably shoot first or use at bait during a zombie apocalypse. While he moans and complains about not having one anything in his short life, he won't do anything about it either. He's more than happy to follow around whoever he senses as the leader. However I didn't hate him as much as I hated Trace. He was damaged, having just lost his parents but his twin sister Grace didn't act anywhere near as much of a ass as he did.
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I love a good zombie read and this one did not disappoint. It focuses on the six teenagers trapped inside the school building and how they are desperately trying to survive as the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tezza
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of 2012
When I first read the summary of This is Not a Test, I knew I had to read this book. A bunch of students barricaded in a school in the midst of a zomb-apocalypse? Oh HELL yes! Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was good.
I'm not really sure what to make of this one. It was a good read and it was well written but maybe I was expecting more zombies? Or explainations? Or a resoloution? I'm torn. Read more
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