Thursday, April 24, 2014
This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
Author: Courtney Summers
Publication Date: June 19, 2012
Length: 322 pages
The zombie apocalypse comes on quickly in this story. Sloane is at the breakfast table with her abusive father, contemplating suicide after her sister ran away without her, when a screaming woman bangs on their front door. Suddenly, there's chaos everywhere, with people eating each other in the streets. Sloane, along with five other teenagers, eventually manages to make it to the high school, where they hole up and hope that help will come.
This book, despite the premise, isn't really a zombie story. Zombies aren't what I would consider a primary part of the plot. It's all about the kids in the school. It's about what happens when you take six teenagers, who are very different, and lock them in a building together with death literally banging on the doors. And it's about the one who actually wants death to get in.
Obviously, character development is a big thing in this novel. Especially Sloane's development, but also the other characters, and the relationships between them. The author does a great job with that, and I really felt attached to some of them.