This is Not A Test

PJV Quickie:  In all honesty, I think this one damaged me mentally. Courtney Summers didn’t hold back one iota in ‘This is Not a Test.’ I’m still shivering weeks after finishing this insanely good, young adult zombie novel.

Title: This is Not a Test
Author: Courtney Summers
Series: Hoping for a book 2…
Type: Zombie, Mature Young Adult
Published June 19th 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Review Copy Provided by St. Martin’s
Rating: 5 Stars
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You might not know this, well if you are new here at least, but I have a bit of a zombie obsession. It all started on top of a mall with a bunch of survivors taking shots at the zombie hoards beneath them. I just thought this was the coolest thing, then authors like Carrie Ryan and Rhiannon Frater showed me that zombies aren’t just for the movies, or relegated to the horror section, in which page after page describes in horrific detail zombies and their diet.

Now it was Courtney Summer’s turn to school me in the art of zombie fiction. She dropped a whole new dynamic into the sometimes predictable genre. Summer’s delivered a deliciously messed up character and transported her into the middle of the apocalypse. Nothing like adding a little PTSD to an already mentally unstable character. In turn it makes for a disjointed and choppy read, that is sharp in all the right places and soft just when you think you can’t take any more of the insanity. The zombies are just a small part of the tale, the main focus being the struggle of Sloane Price with what happened to the world, not just when the apocalypse went down, but her own personal apocalypse that happened months earlier. It is basically two ends of the spectrum, both an inner and outer display that meshes so well you will feel upside down when you finish the book. In fact I had no idea how I should feel about this novel when I finished. My emotions were all over the place. And that my friends, makes one great novel. If you can stir me up like that, you did a fabulous job.

‘This is Not a Test’ is basically the story of a few survivors, all teens that hole up in their high school, to wait for help. The teens are from all different walks of life and besides two siblings, non of them were really friends before any of this happened. They fight, they hook-up, they are scared out of their minds. It’s a frightening tale and the portrayal of the characters and their reactions ring true. There are no, snake-skin booted hero, shooting zombie brains all over the place, or epic romances unfolding in the midst of moans of the dead. This is just a story of a bunch of scared kids and the bizarre and real-life things people do when their lives are at stake.


[pullquote align=”right”]A must read for fans of Zombie Fiction.[/pullquote]

This is a parent’s beware young adult novel. There are scenes of graphic violence and light sexual encounters, along with heavy psychological issues that I recommended for very mature young adult readers. I’m going to put this at about 15-16+ and if you have doubts, parents — pick this one up and read it yourself. But, I suggest that all the time.

Other Young Adult Zombie Fiction you might enjoy:

The Forest of Hands & Teeth by Carrie Ryan 5 Stars


Ashes by Isla Bick, Young Adult Zombie Fiction

Ashes by Isla Bick 5 Stars



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