Review: ‘This Is Not A Test’ by Courtney Summers

Review: ‘This Is Not A Test’ by Courtney SummersThis Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on June 19th, 2012
Genres: Horror, Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult, Zombies
Pages: 326
Format: Paperback
Source: bought online
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 wantto 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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I haven’t had a lot of experience reading zombie themed novels, but I’m glad I picked this one up because it was written so well. The gore that is supposed to be splashed all over zombie novels are gone, and the writing is written with more character development and back story than actual action and violence.

Told from the viewpoint of Sloane, she’s not your average character who wants to survive. She is such a different character in a way that she doesn’t know if she wants to survive. Her suicidal plans have already failed and what she wants most can be easily met if she just let it. And that point is why I believe she’s so much more vulnerable to the zombie attacks. Because she would let them take her and not fight. She’d give up.

I love Courtney Summers’ writing style. It’s fluid and dynamic and it makes me feel like I’m an observer dropped into Sloane’s world full of chaos, murder and even sadness. She is a wonderful writer and I look forward to reading more from this fellow Canadian in the future. I believe she has a couple of books already published so I’m hoping to pick them up soon!


Is that what it’s like to get close to other people—you do something insane together and then you have to share everything even if you don’t really want to?





  1. Jen

    November 11, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    One of my favourite books! Summers’s writing is flawless. The rest of her books are fantastic as well. If you haven’t read them, you must! Best zombie book out there!

  2. Jaime Lynn

    August 29, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    I am a huge zombie fan. I like the blood and guts and gore of most zombie novels. But I am seriously intrigued by this very unique type of zombie story. I have heard amazing things, and I can’t wait to take a chance with this book.

  3. Brooke

    April 14, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    I really loved this book! Best zombie book I’ve ever read.

  4. nurmawati djuhawan

    January 25, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    i also gave this book 4 of 5 stars..
    oner of the best zombies book i’ve ever read…

  5. Samantha

    December 26, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    I have read three novels by Courtney Summers and I can honestly say that I enjoyed all of them. Out of the three this one would have to be my favourite. I just loved this different take on a zombie novel.

  6. Grace Lo

    October 16, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Wow. That really does sound amazing. Courtney Summers must be a pure talent for her ability to make a zombie book (love those) turn into the kind of book that makes you do some real soul-searching (don’t really read those often, but when I do I start sobbing uncharacteristically). Need to get soon!

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  8. Jason

    July 12, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    I love your new blog design, babe. keep up the good work! and I promise I’m not being biased lol 😛

  9. Jenn@OwlReadIt

    July 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Glad you enjoyed this one! I’ve been seriously debating reading this one. I’ve never read a zombie book before, but if it’s not too gory, it should be ok.

    Thanks for the review!

  10. Meg K.

    July 12, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    So glad to hear that you enjoyed this one! I did, too. 😀 I really loved how Courtney Summers was able to turn a normal zombie plot into something more meaningful. Great review!

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