This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

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?

My Thoughts:

Oh my, what can I say about this book. Well to put it simply, it wasn’t for me. I liked the idea of high school kids holing up in their school and having to survive against zombies. I think I was hoping it would end up being a young adult version of the As the World Dies Trilogy by Rhiannon Frater (<= if you haven’t read this series I highly recommend it!) but I was really let down. It was an easy read but that was mainly due to the fact that not much really happens. Also, the characters didn’t resonate with me and I didn’t feel for them or their situation. It’s horrible to say but I was almost hoping for the MC to get killed off. I understand that she has been through some traumatic things but her lack of will to live and lack of self-preservation really annoyed me.

Like I usually say, just because I didn’t enjoy this book doesn’t mean you won’t. Everyone has different tastes.

Overall rating: 2.5 out of 5


  1. "not much really happens" UGH! really???? I was going to say that this book sounds really good!
    But I should have known, I really hate the name sloane for a girl! Wasn't that the name of the girl in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"?

    Oh yeah! I read "Cracked Up To Be" by her, that was a pretty good book! Too bad about this one.

    1. Haha. Yes there's a Sloane in Ferris Beuller's Day Off.

  2. Ouch! Sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy this one but I appreciate your honest review. Plus, it prevents me from making the same mistake!


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