This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Six months ago, 16-year-old Sloane Price was abandoned by her sister Lily and since then has been living in fear, alone with her abusive father. On the day that Sloane decided she has had enough, the world erupts into chaos as the dead come back to life. In the madness, Sloane bands together with a group of five other high school students and together, they traveled across the destroyed and dangerous town to the safety of their school, Cortege High. Together they worked toward survival by finding reserves of food and water and barricading the windows and doors to prevent the dead from entering.

Despite the constant threat of the zombies outside, the biggest obstacles Sloan and her fellow students faced was dealing with the loss of their loved ones and the loss of the life they used to know. Between struggles for control of supplies, power over the group and the tension of being locked in together day after day, the group began to fall apart. The biggest threat to their safety was not the zombies, but each other.

Picking up “This is Not a Test,” I was certainly skeptical about how much I would enjoy this book, as it seems like every other day I’m getting another post-apocalyptic, dystopian novel. However, I was blown away by this book. What makes this novel stand out among the vast competition is the fact that Summers didn’t spend a lot of time dwelling on the blood and gore and shock value of the zombies. The true horror was psychological. She really makes you think about the lengths people go to for survival, what morals would be compromised, and what people in dire straits would become? This is a beautifully written, haunting book that leaves a lasting impression—much more than just another zombie book.

- Review by Maddie, CLP-Squirrel Hill

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