Monday, September 21, 2015

This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

3.5 Stars
"This must be what Dorothy felt like, I think.  Maybe.  If Dorothy was six scared teenagers and Oz was hell."

When I saw ALLLLLLL of my friends reading All the Rage recently I figured I would end up reading it wrong (see Exhibit A) and opted for Summers’ version of zombies instead . . .

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What can I say? I’m not interested in being the oddball again this week but I enjoy brain-nomming stories. *shrug*

However, being that Summers is Summers, this book had a lot less of this . . .

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With a lot more of this . . .

The premise seemed familiar – the zombie apocalypse began a week ago, leaving a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal six students no choice but to work together in hopes of surviving the danger that potentially lurks around every corner of their former high school where they are holed up . . .

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The only thing that separates them from the undead is a chain link fence . . .

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Okay, so while the basic concept has been done a time or twelve before the delivery was 100% unique. If Lord of the Flies and The Walking Dead had a baby you might end up with something along the lines of This Is Not A Test. If you like your zombies with a lot of gore and a high body count you should probably look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a “zombie” book that deals more with questions or mortality and morality, this is the book for you. Summers is quickly becoming a YA fave.

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