She rips his shirt wide open. Heart attack, I think. Mr. Jenkins has a bad heart. She’s giving him CPR. Except that’s not what it is at all. Mrs. Jenkins’s determined fingers have torn past the material of Mr. Jenkins’s shirt.
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, everyone’s motivations to survive begin to 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?
2014 OLA White Pine Honour Book
2013 Silver Inky Shortlist
ALA 2013 Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
ALA 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults
Kirkus New & Notable Books for Teens: June 2012
Publishers Weekly Picks: Best New Books for the Week, June 17, 2012
Optioned for television by Sony
FOREIGN EDITIONS: Hungary (Konyvmolykepzo)
“[A]n unforgettable and powerful vision of the end of the world, up close and personal.”The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books on This is Not a Test
“[A] riveting and powerful novel.”School Library Journal on This is Not a Test
“Unusual and absorbing.”
Kirkus Reviews on This is Not a Test
“[S]exy and desolate . . . it will blast a hole through your heart . . .” Daisy Whitney, author of The Mockingbirds on This is Not a Test
“[A]bout so much more than just making it out alive.”Julie Cross, author of Tempest on This is Not a Test
“It’s The Breakfast Club, George Romero style.”
Publishers Weekly on This is Not a Test
“Zombie fans will eat this up, brains, heart, and all.”
Booklist on This is Not a Test
“Summers’ latest hits every plot point to perfection . . . This is one supremely talented writer.”
RT Book Reviews on This is Not a Test
“Courtney Summers is a ferocious talent in YA fiction.”Nova Ren Suma, author of The Walls Around Us on This is Not a Test