Thursday, June 21, 2012

This Is Not A Test Review

320 pages
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?

Surprisingly this isn't your typical zombie novel. Instead this story focuses on the people trying to survive more than the actual zombie attack. Sloane is a hard character for me to admire because she is both weak with rare moments of strength. The things that Sloane has been through in her life are what made her what she is so I can't really blame her for that. It was frustrating at times watching the way Sloane reacted to things but at other moments she really impressed me with her random acts of bravery. All of the characters are coping with the zombies in different ways. Some retreat inside themselves and others are overly aggressive. Its interesting to see what people will do when suspicion enters the small group and even the extreme actions some will take to avoid being bitten. This was a really good book with moments of harrowing action and danger. I actually didn't put this down from start to finish. I would recommend this to those who like zombie novels that also explore human emotion.


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