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Ive 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 and by Is Not a PDFEPUB #235 the unpredictable and violent bids for life and death inside When everything is gone what do you hold on to This has been said a few times but it s certainly worth repeating This is not really a zombie book Although it has zombies in it they are just the constant threat in the book and they are minimally shown The gore is uite minimal too This is just a warning for others like myself who aren t really into gory books because I wouldn t want anyone to not read this book just because of that Of course that can go both ways however and a zombie fan looking for an all out gore fest may be disappointedAfter I read the opening chapter of this book I was blown away It was uite intense We are introduced to our main character Sloane who has just been and freuently is physically abused by her father Suddenly there is a woman pounding on their door and she s covered in blood Her father finds out that their street is full of screaming and chaos and then uickly the scene switches to Sloane in the High School with 5 other students Six survivors after the zombie apocalypse They have barricaded the windows and doors They have foodwater and a radio to listen for emergency broadcasts All they can do now is wait for help to arriveThis story has a lot going on for how short it is but it never feels cluttered We know that Sloane was abandoned by her sister Lily but the details of what was supposed to happen and how that has affected her come out slowly throughout the book The main focus of this book is each person s will to live Lily was all Sloane had left so once she left her she has none Sloane wants desperately to just die I thought the author wrote this very well We can feel Sloane s desperation and hopelessness but she never seems emoEach of the students has a very different personality and they need to learn to work together despite their disagreements if they want to survive With a book about six teens I often find myself getting really annoyed with about half of them because of their attitudes This didn t happen with this book luckily At one point I was starting to get annoyed with Trace and his bossiness but that was just his personality and it wasn t overdone These kids all lost everything and almost everyone they loved I felt bad for them yet hopeful they would surviveThe last chapter was just as intense as the first I was feverishly turning the pages wanting to know what was going to happen next This chapter was action packed and seemed to fly by so uickly my head was spinning at the end I am so happy about Sloane s personal ending view spoiler The Sloane we met in the beginning was definitely not the same Sloane was got at the end Courtney did an amazing job with writing her character and the growth she experienced throughout this book hide spoiler

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Sound so bad Six months ago her world collapsed and since then she's failed to This Is PDF 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 l Edited because ZOMBIE NAILS See below45 starsThis is not a zombie book This book has zombies in it But it s not about zombies as suchIt s about so much than thatCall them a catalyst a threat an inciting event the zombies are an ominous presence that set off a chain reaction of events and lurk unnervingly around the corners of the book But this is not even so much a book about survival although that s certainly one of the themes threading through the story For me deep at its heart this was a book about will The will to live versus the will to die And how sometimes for some people this is not an unconscious involuntary response to each day as it arrives but a choice and a fight every momentThis Is Not A Test is an incredibly intense and psychologically gruelling novel to read It had me in a stranglehold from the first page from Sloane s opening words which almost echo with the emptiness carved out by her sister s absence While her pain bleeds through the pages in places there s also something detached cold about her narration Because her mind has been made up She s resolved Until the morning the world shattersIn depicting her vision of the zombie apocalypse Summers uses restraint to masterful effect The horror of the undead is rendered powerful by the suggestion of their presence like the sound of them hammering against doors in their hunger as opposed to always placing them in the limelight Similarly by barricading six teenagers into a school it s the constant fear of a breach that stretches the nerves to breaking point rather than an endless gore fest Which is not to say that This Is Not A Test doesn t contain disturbing images of violence or pay homage to the genre of zombie horror it does but the effectiveness is amplified by the enormous amount of tension that has been wound up in the plotThe scenario of six people thrown together under siege by the rabid infected and forced to make snap judgements with life or death ramifications makes for a mental battleground The dynamic balances on a knife edge allegiances and motivations threatened by accusations guilt and desperation born out of the desire to live or die At work beneath the obvious conflicts are the character s own internal battles and the larger uestions of what it means to take or save a life and at what cost do they preserve their own Who is the real enemy the undead or the darker side of human natureThis Is Not A Test almost defies categorisation It s a hybrid of sorts and the brutal emotional honesty is not sacrificed in order to continue ratcheting up the tension It sounds strange but the juxtaposition of the contemporary elements with the horror premise work exceptionally well The parallels between the internal and external fight to survive are powerful and there is a depth and relevance to this story in it s insightful portrayal of pain loss grief and ultimately choice In Sloane Summers has created a character and a story that hit me right in the chest I felt an almost relentless ache for her for what had compelled her to make her decision And yet never does the writing feel gratuitous or melodramatic It feels painfully realistic all the powerful for the things that are left unspoken the profound silences between the scenes I was exhausted when I finished This Is Not A Test I felt mentally emotionally physically because I stayed up so late to read it wrung out and the haunting final scene of the book lingered with me days afterwards I m a little bit in awe of this book And I m going to start sleeping with a cricket bat under my bed

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It's the end of Not a ePUB #180 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 HARROWING I sincerely never thought that I could ever be so fascinated by a zombie post apocalyptic story before but there s a first to everything isn t there However it s definitely focused on the psychological elements than the world building since it underlines the theme of survival and how precious and fragile life is Courtney Summers you re writing terribly tearful stories Please don t stop


10 thoughts on “This Is Not a Test

  1. says:

    this isn't a zombie book so much as a zombie framing device to explore damage and the difficulties of making yours

  2. says:

    HARROWING I sincerely never thought that I could ever be so fascinated by a zombie post apocalyptic story before but there’s a first to eve

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    view spoilermade you look hide spoiler

  4. says:

    45I owe a huge thanks to Courtney Summers for giving me a second chance to read and review this after my netgalley rejection It made my day and I'm so glad This Is Not a Test was all that I'd hoped it would beI'm going to

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    Edited because ZOMBIE NAILS See below45 starsThis is not a zombie book This book has zombies in it But it’s not about zombies as suchIt’s about so much than thatCall them a catalyst a threat an inciting event – the zombies are an ominous

  6. says:

    When someone sees a zombie book there are two reactions 1 Oh zombies scary and gory AwesomeSAUCE or 2 Ewww zombi

  7. says:

    2015 reads Do not give me zombies 'kay▨ This is not a book about zombies this is a book with zombiesAnd I'm so okay with that I mean to be frank I'm not into zombies Like at all Usually they never manage to a Scare meb Int

  8. says:

    This has been said a few times but it's certainly worth repeating This is not really a zombie book Although it has zombies in it they are just the constant threat in the book and they are minimally shown The gore is uite minimal too This is just a warning for others like myself who aren't really into gory books because I wouldn't w

  9. says:

    4 12 starsBecause I’m a fancy creative post writer I thought I’d start this off with a uote from someone whose opinion I really trust“ Can you imagine what she's going to do with zombie survival I bet it's going to be gruesome

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    Find all of my reviews at Stars This must be what Dorothy felt like I think Maybe If Dorothy was six scared teenagers and Oz was hell When I saw ALLLLLLL of my friends reading All the Rage recently I figured I would end up reading it wrong see Exhibit A and opted for Summers’ version of zombies instead What can I say I’m not int

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