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This Is Not a Test

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Zombie apocalypse meets mature high school-set thriller.

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Canadian author Courtney Summers has created a page-turning tale that's equal parts angsty high-school drama and zombie apocalypse thriller. Although the zombies pose a continuous threat, they aren't the characters' most immediate problem. Most of THIS IS NOT A TEST takes place in the mostly undead-free days that the teens spend (re)acquainting themselves with one another, fighting over the mundane (how to ration cafeteria food), and struggling with the growing rancor between Trace and Cary, whom the twins blame for their parents' death just before the group reached the high school.

The most intriguing aspect of the story is Sloane's conflicting feelings. She genuinely wants to help her classmates stay alive, but she's so bereft that she's not sure she wants to keep on living herself. An intense burst of romance with Rhys seems more like a form of release than an undying (pun intended) love, but there's a promise for something more as the two emerge as the most likely to beat the overwhelming odds against them.

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