This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

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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?


 

About Courtney Summers

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Courtney Summers is the author of young adult novels including Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, and Cracked Up to Be. She lives and writes in Canada, where she divides her time between a piano, a camera, and a word-processing program when she's not planning for the impending zombie apocalypse.
 
Published June 19, 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin. 337 pages
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Yet, although the zombie threat keeps tension high, Summers' focus remains on Sloane and the group of teens hiding in the school.

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Sloane’s world came to an end six months ago when her sister left and abandoned her with their abusive father.

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Common Sense Media

For six months, ever since her older sister, Lily, left her alone with their physically abusive father, Sloane has secretly wanted to die -- but all of a sudden she finds herself in the relative safety of her high school with five other teens: popular twins Trace and Grace, whom she envies for th...

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Open Book Society

She’s a bit misguided but it’s understandable considering she went from a horrible home life to being trapped with people from her high school.

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As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actuallywant to live.

Jul 18 2012 | Read Full Review of This Is Not a Test

Bookalicious

Gone was the niggling thought of not another zombie novel.

May 06 2012 | Read Full Review of This Is Not a Test

RazOrBill

Combine that with a zombie novel (which NEVER end well) and you have an emotionally trying novel.

Jun 29 2012 | Read Full Review of This Is Not a Test

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