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?
— Goodreads.com description
This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers book is about zombies. If you know anything about the contemporary author, you would NOT think “ZOMBIES!” when you think of her. So, at first, I didn’t know what to expect.
And yet, if you have given me an altered version of This Is Not a Test that didn’t mention the author’s name once, I think I would have been able to say “This is a Courtney Summers book.”
(Hey, tangent, but maybe we should do that! Sort of like those blind ingredient taste tests they do on Top Chef? Like, as an event in the imaginary Book Olympics I am now envisioning in my overactive imagination. LET’S MAKE THIS HAPPEN!)
This Is Not a Test has all the elements that I love about Courtney Summer’s writing. It’s dark and twisty and sad, beautifully written and surprisingly relatable.
I went into This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers not knowing a lot, and I suggest you do too. Just know that book will make you feel things — confused, scared, hopeful. That’s what Courtney Summers is great at, and that’s exactly what a book should do, whether it’s paranormal, contemporary or anything in between.