This is the new blockbuster hit in YA-- zombie style. I may be in the minority in questioning the author's choice for a suicidal protagonist in a post-apocalyptic world... but does anyone else see a problem with this?
4/5 Stars, Dark and brooding with a touch of the Lord of the Flies
This book has been touted as one of the big YA blockbusters of the summer, so I have been waiting eagerly for it to come out.
zombie YA fiction is hard to come by. This Is Not a Test by Courtney
Summers is an attempt to rectify that fact. We are introduced to Sloane,
the protagonist, who has been beaten repeatedly by her father and is
completely emotionally dependent on her sister Lily, who has just run
away and has left Sloane behind. Sloane is about to commit suicide when
the infection takes hold of the rest of the town, converting everyone
into zombies, except a select few teenagers who have holed up in their
high school. What follows is a combination of a horror movie and Lord of
the Flies. The teens have to make hard decisions and try to stay alive.
are a lot of wonderful things about this book. The tone is dark and
depressing, and it should be. I'm still thinking about what happened in
the book. There are strong supporting characters and Summers is not
afraid to kill off characters. How the future unfolds is not out of the
realm of possibility in a zombie apocalypse. And how things deteriorate
inside of the school is also very believable.
I wonder at the
decision to make Sloane the protagonist. It's an interesting choice,
because during the whole book she is trying to find ways to commit
suicide, and yet, she still remains alive even though many other people
succumb to the virus. She seems to drift through the book like a ghost. I
try to imagine if another character had been the main one-- the idea
that there is a suicidal person surviving in an end of world situation
is interesting, but one that doesn't maintain interest throughout a
whole novel. The twist at the end is the likely scenario and not
surprising, but the end is chilling and still stays with me.
a dark, brooding, and suspenseful book and entertaining to read, but a
different choice of protagonist may have been a better decision.