Saturday, September 29, 2012
This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers...
Published: June 19th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
Rating: 3 stars
Age Recommendation: -
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?
I had very high expectations when I started reading this book use I have loved the previous two Courtney Summers books that I have read "Cracked Up To Be" and "Some Girls Are" but there was something about this book that seemed to fall a little flat for me and I found things I liked and didn't like when reading this book.
The plot. One of the things that I found with this book was that there was no real character set up, especially for the side characters, it just jumped straight into what was happening in the book - the zombie apocalypse - which I have to say I didn't really like and it caused me a few problems when it came to deciphering characters at the start. But aside from that I really did like the plot, this book isn't really about zombies, this book is more about people learning to survive. I thought that the book was a really quick read it took me a couple of hours and I have to say it was pretty enjoyable.
The characters. I thought that the charcters were all written really well they were all really believable and had realistic responses to everything that was going on and for the most part they were all really enjoyable to read. I loved Sloane's character. I thought that she was a great protagonist for the book and I loved seeing everything happening through her eyes and seeing her take on what was happening as well as how she developed through the book and started to let Rhys in. The other character that stood out to me in this book was Rhys, I always thought that he was a strong character throughout the book but I also liked seeing how he changed when his relationship started to develop with Sloane.
Overall I thought that it was a pretty good book, not one of the best that I have read by Courtney Summers but I still liked it.