"THIS IS NOT A TEST... I REPEAT...THIS IS NOT A TEST..."
This was my first Courtney Summers book, but I promise you, it won't be the last!
I can't believe how much I enjoyed this book, definitely my goto title for a horror/zombie fix.
The opening is so gripping! Sloane's narrative keeps the pace exciting right til the very end. The reader can tell right from the first page, that Sloane has a dark, violent past- which foreshadows the events about to come in her life. Her quiet demeanour juxtaposes the chaos surrounding her (i.e. epidemic of ravenous flesh-eating zombies).
This read is definitely not for the faint of heart. The gruesome violence and death surrounding Sloane's past and future create a melancholy atmosphere in the beginning. That is until Sloane joins forces with five other teens who actually want to survive this epidemic. Summer's writing combined with the stellar cast of six uniquely different characters, all forced into close quarters, makes for a truly action-packed read.
Believe it or not, with all this going on Summers still manages to incorporate a romance full of hot tension. No love triangles in this read (so I won't mention my favourite character and give it away).
I do have a couple of issues with this read though. I'm hoping this is the first in a series because some things were kind of left up in the air for me:
1)Unanswered questions, especially concerning Mr. Baxter
2) Ending, to ambiguous for my liking (PLEASE HAVE A SEQUEL!!! :))
With all that said, I truly enjoyed THIS IS NOT A TEST. I went through it in one sitting I just couldn't stop! I think Summers has done a great job of giving the reader six very different perspectives on how one would react when forced into a life or death situation. I look forward to reading much more from her!
If you like some bite, action and gore galore in your YA, than pick up This Is Not A Test, it'll have you on the edge of your seat from cover to cover!
Now please join me in welcoming Courtney to the blog today!!!