This Is Not A Test

This Is Not A Test

Book - 2012
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Barricaded in Cortege High with five other teens while zombies try to get in, Sloane Price observes her fellow captives become more unpredictable and violent as time passes although they each have much more reason to live than she has.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781451768701
Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION Summers Courtney
TEEN HORROR Summers Courtney 07/2012
Characteristics: 326 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.


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Barricaded in Cortege High with five other teens while zombies try to get in, Sloane Price observes her fellow captives become more unpredictable and violent as time passes although they each have much more reason to live than she has.

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WPL_Erin Mar 12, 2021

This was so good! So gritty and raw and just utterly bleak. Fantastically told and had me frantically turning the pages.

The characters were faceless, which bothered me at first. However I came to appreciate their faceless-ness in the world they were living and it allowed me to feel for them rather than see them.

Nov 29, 2018

Why read this book? Gillibrand has come a long way since her first years as a lawyer defending tobacco companies. She went to the mat for women in the military, falling just five votes short of being able to take sexual assault cases out of the chain of command. She went out on a limb asking Al Franken to resign, which though a huge loss to the Democratic Party, was still the morally right thing to do. Based on interviews I have heard, I get the impression that she started her professional life "going with the flow" of her mentors, ultimately coming into her own strong self. Her standing up to George Soros, the Democrat's uber-donor--priceless. Love or hate her, she's earned a read.

Mar 27, 2017

I read This is Not a Test in one sitting (when I ought to have been sleeping). That tells you how fast-paced and engrossing it is. It's what I'd consider to be a realistic look at the zombie apocalypse. Six teens, thrown together by chance, trying to survive and figure out their next move...while under so much pressure, guilt, depression, and fear that they're incapable of working together as a team. Truly, this is how it would go. Human beings are just too fractious under pressure and fear for anything else.

As a narrator, Sloane is not a likable character. She's rather fatalistic and has a pretty crummy life even before the fall of humanity. She doesn't make connections with others, and she comes across as standoffish and self-isolating. So right away the narrative scope is interesting. The choices made by characters throughout the novel are pretty heartbreaking. I didn't tear up or anything, but I really appreciate the irony and the surprises that Summers threw into it.

The end is a bit of a cliffhanger- emotionally poignant but somewhat unresolved. However, there's a #1.5 in the series, and hopefully a #2 in the series at some point. And I will read both. Probably in one sitting again. Aside from the ridiculously pretentious names (which makes me think the town is 99% white folks, and these kids were born in the early 90s when it was en vogue to name your baby esoteric things), this book was really intriguing. I recommend it for fans of zombies, YA dystopian, and unreliable narrators.

BlueDragon22 May 03, 2014

This book actually ended up being my favourite this year, I really enjoyed it, it was suspenseful and had interesting characters.

november191998 Mar 30, 2014

This book was something I wouldn't normally pick up but enjoyed. I found it played around with your emotions and I really felt for the main character.

Sassy29 Mar 25, 2014

I did enjoy this book, but i found it very emotional and depressing. Also i think the ending should have answered a few more questions.

fantasy8dreamer Feb 06, 2014

I don't usually enjoy zombies, but this book made me want to keep reading. It was well done and I do recommend that you read it.

Princealamar Dec 18, 2013

Just finished this book- it was definitely a suspenseful story and it was interesting how instead of making zombies seem not scary and dangerous they made themseem scary and dangerous but I wish that the end wasn't so open.

Aug 29, 2013

I started reading last night and I'm half way through - would have finished if I could have stayed up all night.

ChristchurchLib Jun 04, 2013

"First-person, present-tense narration brings psychological tension and raw authenticity to this unusual and gripping survival story. Sloan Price is so damaged by her horrifically abusive home life that when the zombie infection hits her town, she sees it a welcome opportunity to die. Yet when she’s barricaded inside the high school with a group of other teens, she finds herself fighting for life instead, even as personal relationships strain and flesh-eating monsters beat down the door. Pushing the boundaries of traditional brains-and-blood-soaked zombie stories, This Is Not a Test is a must-read for fans of Carrie Ryan." June 2013 Teen Scene newsletter

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