Courtney Summers has done something that only John Green has been able to do so far this year. She made me stay up all night to finish her book. Ok, so I actually only stayed up until 2:30, but with a 7-month-old that totally counts as all night in my world. I wasn't just up late either...I was so incredibly tense with anticipation as to what would happen next that every little noise had me convinced that a zombie was about to break into my house.
Yep, I said it. Zombie. There are most definitely people in this book that are dead, but not dead, and want to eat the few that are actually still alive. Six teens are locked in a school after a virus takes over their town and quite possibly the entire world. The way Summers manages to give each of these kids a distinct voice and realistic actions during a very unrealistic situation is absolutely amazing.
These teens, especially our main character Sloane, definitely had a lot of "stuff" going on before everything started changing and just because zombies are now attacking doesn't make the stuff go away. There are also an incredible amount of teen hormones in one small place and when under stress, some look for comfort in each other. The feelings are totally believable and understandable. You've all heard me say many times that I don't like sex in books unless it's essential to the story, not just dropped in for drama. These situations work and most definitely have their place.
Please don't be scared away from this book simply because I've mentioned zombies. It's a survival story, a friendship story, and has enough tension that you'll be turning pages as fast as you can possibly read them. Give it a try and I'll bet you'll end up half the night finishing it too. I loved it.
This is Not a Test
Young Adult Fiction
St. Martin's Griffin