Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Emilia's Review on This is Not a Test

This is Not a Test
Author: Courtney Summers (@courtney_s)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: June 19, 2012
Format: E-Galley
Pages: 335
Source: Netgalley
Rating: Escapable
Challenge: None
Extras: Trailer
Seek: Amazon, Goodreads
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?
The cover is what blew me away. The blood spots got me a little freak but everything else called to me.
. . . I think it isn’t enough to survive for the sake of surviving. There has to be more to it than just that. Trace and Grace have each other. This is what they’re here for. Why they’re still here. Surviving should mean something like it means something to them. And if it doesn’t—

If it doesn’t.
I took me awhile to come up with a review for this book. When I first read it, I was utterly speechless. I couldn’t think straight when it came to writing the review. So I waited awhile and read it again. Now, I have some thoughts.

Okay I do read a lot of dystopian and science fiction novels, because that was the genre I choose to read. I usually try to stay away from zombie novels because I usually have nightmares when I see zombie movies and thought it might be the same if I read zombie books.

What I am most worried about in zombie books is survival. I always get scared that the people I am reading about, or watching, are not going to make it to the end. These are people I connected with, in about 300 or more pages, and I definitely don’t want them to die. I definitely don’t want them to die, then come back and kill off another character. That is way too much!

This book came to me with high recommendations. I was scared to read it but lay down and took it like a woman, of course during daylight hours.

I can honestly say I connected with Sloane through so many levels. I thought I was going to be able to connect with her because she was thinking about death constantly. I know it zombies and that’s what they do, but I wanted to hear, “Okay, we can do this. We are going to make it. We are going to live.” That’s what I wanted to hear from her. We get that mostly from the other characters.

There are deaths in this novel and like I said before, I usually don’t like connecting with a character then seeing them die. It hurts too much. Some of the characters though, I got teary eyed and got over it. Not in a way where I’m like, “Eh, they dead, get over it.”. For me it was more like this, “Why!?” and “I will never forget you!”.

By the middle and towards the ending, I started to understand Sloane. She takes you through emotional ride and I could not leave her story. This is more than a zombie book. I find out Courtney Summers is a contemporary writer and you can see that writing style in this novel. If you are a big fan of her other novels, you will love this one. If you want a heartbreaking story, be prepared to have some tissues and a cuddle buddy with you.
After this book, I decided that I need to read more from Courtney Summers. Her next novel sounds really interesting! It is titled, All the Rage, and set to be released in 2013. Sounds like a really good mystery novel. Check out it's Goodreads page.

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad that you decided to go for this book. I also have a serious love for dystopian but am cautious with zombie novels. It's for a different reason though, I am afraid of being let down but after reading this I don't think I will be. I actually am way excited to get my hands on this one now. Great review!