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@Read Epub ⛓ This Is Not a Test ⚣ 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 And By The Unpredictable And Violent Bids For Life And Death Inside When Everything Is Gone, What Do You Hold On To this isn t a zombie book so much as a zombie framing device to explore damage and the difficulties of making yourself vulnerable in front of someone of communication s pitfalls and the numbing effects of trauma there are people who believe that trauma builds character these people have probably never experienced trauma trauma does not build character, but how someone responds to trauma is the true and most telling test of character. often than not, trauma leads to a retreat nobody is a fan of emotional outpourings, are they or am i projecting again so let s just talk about this character sloane is not a fan of emotional outpourings her father has been physically abusing sloane and her sister for years, and the two of them formed this intensely close bond that never allowed anyone else in after her sister ran away, leaving sloane alone in the path of her father s rage, she had no support system in place to fill the gap, and became suicidal.and then, the zombies attacked.so what happens when the wrong people survive the ones who didn t want to survive before the world went to hell this is a fascinating character study six teenagers holed up in a school, barricading the doors against the zombie invasion outside alliances will form, resentments will fester, desperate hookups and confessions and all around brokenness will ensue.and sloane, watching it all, unable to break through her own emotional reserves to make herself vulnerable in front of the others is this 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 she grows so much as a character, and it is painful and sad and you just want to be there with her, holding her throughout it all not that she d let you the other characters are great, too this is not a one person show it manages to rejuvenate the YA survival genre for me, like a cross between the breakfast club and a wayintense Trapped.one character mourns his life, and how with nothing left in the world, his opportunities to become something have pretty much endedit s nothing i thought it could be something, i mean, eventually he finally looks at us my life i thought but i meanit s nothing how absolutely shattering to realize, at fifteen, that your life has meant nothing and is essentially over GAH and how clear eyed sloane is through it all, as she thinks of a future she is still not sure she wants any part of when this is over, society will need entertainment to get past it we ll make movies about it, hundreds of movies, and in every one of them, we ll be the heroes and the love interests and best friends and winners and we ll watch these movies until we are so far removed from our own history, we ll forget how it really felt to be here.that insight is very rare in these typical survival novels often, it is just all about the clinging to a member of the opposite sex for validation or comfort and there is some of that, here, but it is waycharged than is typical there is an immediacy and a desperation that is deeply written and felt by the reader and thank you for the realism the thing no one tells you about surviving, about the mere act of holding out, is how many hours are nothing because nothing happens.they also don t tell you about how you can share your deepest secrets with someone, kiss them, and the next hour it s like there s nothing between you because not everything can mean something all the time or you d be crushed under the weight of it they don t tell you how you will float through days you autopilot, here but not really here, sleepwalking, and then every so often you are awake.god, i am so tired of import there is an awful lot of sleeping in this book and silence and yet it is not boring to read this is such a fast paced book but the reality of how boring it would be to survive is much appreciated, and the true fact that not every kiss is the beginning and end of everything a kiss can be, in fact, just a kissand this the ramifications of the last two sentences in this quote are quite easy to overlook if you haven t read the book, but i am caked in mud and my hair is straggly and knotted from the rain my lips are bruised there are cuts and scratches on me that i must have gotten since leaving the school but i don t remember how she won t recognize me when she sees me i look like someone who has survived.you should read the book.if nothing else, read the first chapter, which is a triumph of buildup and utter utter chaos i cannot remember ever reading a better opening chapter in all my days.come to my blog
HARROWING I sincerely never thought that I could ever be so fascinated by a zombie post apocalyptic story before, but there s a first to everything, isn t there However, it s definitelyfocused on the psychological elements than the world building, since it underlines the theme of survival and how precious and fragile life is Courtney Summers, you re writing terribly tearful stories Please don t stop. 4.5I owe a huge thanks to Courtney Summers for giving me a second chance to read and review this after my netgalley rejection It made my day and I m so glad This Is Not a Test was all that I d hoped it would be.I m going to say what I said at the start of my reviews or before I started reading Feed, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Other Life and even the one I was sure would be the exception to the rule The Reapers Are the Angels, and that is that zombie novels have never been my thing I ve searched and searched for that one book that would allow me to share in my friends love for novels of the walking dead, brain eating variety This is the first yes, the very first book about zombies I have enjoyed Ah, but then I suppose this isn t really that much about zombies.As with Courtney Summers other novels, this is mostly a book about people, about survival Summers does survival tales best, it doesn t matter whether the threat is zombies, grief or a bunch of bitchy teenage girls, every situation is equally poignant and Summers never fails to leave a lasting impression This is the tale of a group of teenagers who barricade themselves into what was once their high school as the zombie apocalypse descends outside Each character has something important to offer this novel and, for me, when you can make this kind of statement it puts Courtney Summers up their with the few others who have this rare talent Melina Marchetta, Megan Whalen Turner, to name a couple And on top of that, they all have a story, they are all fighting something that goes beyond the realm of living corpses, and this is what I like most about this novel In most zombie stories, people fight until they die and maybe one or two survive but Courtney Summers remembers that, even in the apocalypse, living is aboutthan just not getting eaten and perhaps sometimes there are scarier things out there than those zombies, and even death.Also, it is worth noting, I have always said that zombies do not scare me at all When watching horror films, if zombies manage to get any kind of reaction from me it s usually amusement at their silly moans But this was one hell of a creepy novel I m not sure why this book managed to give me chills when so many others failed, but I admit it, I was freaked out, and not always at the zombies.My only criticism will not be a problem for some people In fact, you may find it positive Summers endings are always sharp, brutal, effective but sometimes a little too abrupt for me The ending to this will leave you thinking, wondering you will undoubtedly be affected by it But, for me, there was a lack of closure that I felt I needed from a novel I d become so emotionally invested in Otherwise, this was a fantastic novel and I knew Courtney Summers wouldn t let me down I will read everything she writes, no question.