This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers Review

Courtney Summers

Publication Date:
June 19, 2012

St. Martin’s Press

Paperback, 336 pages

CAD $10.99

An eARC was provided by RaincoastBooks for review! Thanks!


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?

About The Author

Courtney Summers is the author of young adult novels including Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, and Cracked Up to Be. She lives and writes in Canada, where she divides her time between a piano, a camera, and a word-processing program when she’s not planning for the impending zombie apocalypse.


I haven’t had a lot of experience reading zombie themed novels, but I’m glad I picked this one up because it was written so well. The gore that is supposed to be splashed all over zombie novels are gone, and the writing is written with more character development and back story than actual action and violence.

Told from the viewpoint of Sloane, she’s not your average character who wants to survive. She is such a different character in a way that she doesn’t know if she wants to survive. Her suicidal plans have already failed and what she wants most can be easily met if she just let it. And that point is why I believe she’s so much more vulnerable to the zombie attacks. Because she would let them take her and not fight. She’d give up.

I love Courtney Summers’ writing style. It’s fluid and dynamic and it makes me feel like I’m an observer dropped into Sloane’s world full of chaos, murder and even sadness. She is a wonderful writer and I look forward to reading more from this fellow Canadian in the future. I believe she has a couple of books already published so I’m hoping to pick them up soon!

Rating 4/5


“Is that what it’s like to get close to other people—you do something insane together and then you have to share everything even if you don’t really want to?”—Sloane

Giselle San Miguel is a freelance web designer who has a voracious appetite for reading and manages her own book blog at She also enjoys writing, design, movies, and photography.