This is Not a Test

June 2012 / Available now from St. Martin’s Press

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?

“[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 (Starred Review)

“It’s The Breakfast Club, George Romero style…”
- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“Zombie fans will eat this up, brains, heart, and all.”
- Booklist

“[A] riveting and powerful novel.”
- School Library Journal

“Unusual and absorbing.”
- Kirkus Reviews

“Summers’ latest hits every plot point to perfection… This is one supremely talented writer.”
- Romantic Times, 4 1/2 stars (Top Pick)

“[S]exy and desolate… it will blast a hole through your heart…”
– Daisy Whitney, author of The Mockingbirds and The Rivals

“Courtney Summers is a ferocious talent in YA fiction.”
– Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone

“[This is Not a Test is] about so much more than just making it out alive.”
– Julie Cross, author of Tempest

2014 White Pine Nominee
2013 Silver Inky Shortlist
2013 ALA/YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
2013 ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
Kirkus New & Notable Books for Teens: June 2012
Publishers Weekly Picks: Best New Books for the Week of June 17, 2012