Thursday, June 28, 2012

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

genre:  young adult science fiction

Somehow I missed that this book is about zombies.  I just need to get that out there, first of all.  I needed to be ready for that and I wasn’t.

Now that that is out in the open, I can tell you that the main character in this zombie story is Sloane, a high schooler who has lived an incredibly challenging life anyway.  Abuse and loss have already brought Sloane to the brink of serious depression when suddenly life is invaded by…yes.  Zombies. Flesh-eating undead that, with one bite, can create even more undead.  And Sloane has managed to find a safe haven in her high school with several other teens.  Within its walls they are temporarily safe from the army of zombies outside but they know they can’t stay forever and somehow what happened on the outside keeps making its way in.

So, there is serious creepiness in this book – some parts are actually quite intense and scary. There is also a lot of crazy violence.  And obscene language.  The plot is rather Lord of the Flies, which is intriguing but also full of contention and fear and people’s biggest nightmares becoming actual reality.  It is a harsh, harsh story.  Sloane has so much baggage to work through that throwing zombies on top of it puts her pretty much over the edge.  While I didn’t love the general darkness of the book, I did actually appreciate Sloane’s reaction to her abusive past and how much it affected her psyche.   

Not for the faint of heart, this book. 

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bermudaonion said...

I had no idea that's about zombies either. Not sure it's for me even though I love the title.

Kara said...

Hmm. I've never read a book about zombies before, and I have to admit this one's got me curious.

By the way, just checked out your Rated Reads site. What a great idea to have a site devoted to book content ratings!

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