Review: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

**Also published on Goodreads**

Dear Reader;

I think it is incredibly hard to find a good Zombie novel (World War Z aside), mostly because they more or less follow the same plot line. I think it’s even harder to find a good YA Zombie novel. That’s why this one just blew me completely out of the water. I thought it was incredibly well written and impressively riveting. I didn’t want to put it down.

This is an unusual novel because the main character, Sloane (I love the name!) is so detached from everything. Her life has been hard and she’s lost so much–in such a different way from the other characters–that she isn’t all there. It means she can be braver and stronger without actually being brave or necessarily strong. It makes her an intense and interesting character and from the outside she must look a little like a zombie herself.

This isn’t a story about how everyone comes together in the worst of times and they all work together to save one another. Not exactly anyway. The characters are selfish and gritty and real. They lie and cheat and sacrifice when it’s necessary and it is slowly eating them all alive. Forget the zombies, they might not be able to survive themselves! It’s compelling and believable, something that I think is much harder to do than people realize. Sloane isn’t a hero; Rhys isn’t prince charming. Grace and Trace aren’t necessarily good or bad. And in the end, it’s all okay, because they are just human.

It was sad and a little triggery for some, but it’s good. If you can get it started (it shouldn’t be hard; this book is pretty fast paced) then don’t stop. It’s worth seeing through to the end.


E.C. Orr

Book Information:

Title: This is Not a Test (This is Not a Test #1)
Author: Courtney Summers
ISBN: 0312656742
Language: English
Approximate Length: 326 pages
Stars: ★★★★★
I had a Kindle edition that was gifted to me via Amazon.


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