Title: This is Not a Test
Author: Courteney Summers
Genre: Zombie Apocalypse
Age: 15+ (Violence, Suicide, Sexual Situations)
After the prologue, the reader is thrust into Sloane’s new world when we find her and a group of six other teens hiding out in the local high school. What are they hiding from? Zombies, of course! (Though Summers never actually uses the word ‘zombie,’ but rather “the dead.”) The story follows the month-long stay in the high school. However, things aren’t so easy for Sloane and her fellow survivors. There’s built-in tension between Trace and the “leader,” Cary. Trace and his twin sister, Grace, hold Cary responsible for the deaths of their parents.
As time progresses, they find someone has snuck into the school, despite their careful efforts at barricading the doors. Mr. Baxter, their former English teacher, is not infected, but they don’t trust him. When the their suspicions become too powerful, they force him to leave the safety of the school.
Throughout the story, told in Sloane’s point-of-view, the reader is stuck in Sloane’s head as she tries to come to terms with still being alive — something she desperately wants to remedy. Sloane wants to die, which taints the story’s survivor slant. However, (SPOILER ALERT), she doesn’t. But, maybe she has something to live for in her companion, Rhys.
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