Sunday, April 7, 2013

Review: This is Not A Test

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?

My Thoughts:

This book is dark. It's not pretty, there is just no way around it. It's brutal, it's honest, and it's what life would probably be like in a situation like this! Courtney Summers has written a book that's so visceral and ..well let's just say when you open this book, just go ahead and clear a day off your schedule. You will NOT want to stop!

The writing is beautifully honest and bare. Sloane's character may be cold but this is her conditioning. After years and years of abuse she see this event as a means to an end, but the people around her change this in so many ways. It's a tragic, brutal, and beautiful story. It's definitely now one of my favorites!


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