This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
Review by Lauren
From- I bought a copy!
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, everyone’s motivations to survive begin to 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?
Review: I'm not going to have a really long review for this book because it's been all over the blogosphere for awhile now, so I figure you've heard it before. If you have not, read this book. It's seriously wonderful. It's emotional and suspenseful and interesting and full of questions that you don't always get the answers too (or the answers you want) but that's life, and yeah, you have to live it. Keep living and fighting and breathing. One day at a time.
This is my first book by Summers, though I believe I own her first. Now that I've read this one, though, I know I need to keep reading her stuff. Summers reminds me of John Green and This Is Not A Test is the same...just with zombies. And the zombies work. They represent a lot, but they are scary and curious...a living human resigned to this fate. Do they have a soul? What does that mean, anyway? Sloane isn't sure she wants to be alive. She thinks giving in to the zombies might be for the best. But then she won't find out what she's truly capable of, and it's a lot, both good and bad.
Two songs make me think of this book so I wanted to share them, especially for those of you who HAVE read this before. What do you think?
First up, The Zombies with "She's Not There"!
And then, we have Young the Giant with "Cough Syrup"!