Early Review: This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers

June 17, 2012 Review 4

*This title will be released on June 19, 2012*

This is Not a Test

This Is Not A Test

by Courtney Summers

Genre: Paranormal YA | Excerpt: Yes
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Amazon Vine

  • Reading level: Ages 13 and up
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (June 19, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0312656742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312656744


Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Kissing and scenes of sensuality


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, everyone’s motivations to survive begin to 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 doyou hold on to?

Book Trailer



If John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club had been set during the zombie apocalypse, it would be THIS IS NOT A TEST.  A dark, character driven story about a motley group of teens who barricade themselves in a local high school with an army of the undead pounding on the doors. It is a fascinating and unputdownable book.

If John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club had been set during the zombie apocalypse, it would be THIS IS NOT A TEST.Courtney summers writes in a very literary, yet completely accessible way.  Her characters are sharply drawn and morally messy in the face of the zombie apocalypse.  Most of the characters in THIS IS NOT A TEST will incite hatred from readers at various points throughout the book.  Some will redeem themselves, others will have flashes of reform that only pave the way for greater acts of depravity.  Many times while reading I thought the zombie infested world outside was preferable to the breakdown inside.

The plot unfolds in shocking scenes. Some violent, some emotionally devastating.  If you normally shy away from zombie books because of the gore factor, give THIS IS NOT A TEST a chance.  Most of the violence in this book is carried out by humans, and the zombie interaction is not graphically described.   The real impact of this story is about the emotional fallout that the six surviving teens experience.  The protagonist, Sloane, specifically because of her unique reaction to the apocalypse stemming from her past.  This is a powerful and immensely satisfying book.

Similar Titles


4 Responses to “Early Review: This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers”

  1. [email protected]

    I am so looking forward to this book! I love all things zombies and have heard so many good things about it. I am also a fan of The Breakfast Club ~ so how can I go wrong?? Great review, thanks for sharing it!

    • Abigail

      It was really good. I’m still thinking about it…based on your comment, you will love it too.

  2. Danielle

    “If John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club had been set during the zombie apocalypse” – SOLD!
    Great review 🙂