Author Courtney Summers offers her view of the end of the world in This is Not a Test, a new teen novel that follows in the footsteps of the popular post-apocalyptic genre. When the world ends, six students, including Sloane Price, take refugee inside Cortege High School to wait out the apocalypse -and, most importantly -to survive physically and mentally.
This is a Not a Test had its ups and downs for me. The books crowing glory, without question, is Summers' gorgeous, lyrical writing style that frequently boarded on poetry. Though, I'll admit that her storytelling isn't orthodox and can be considered slow-moving or lacking in enough dialog, that really didn't bother me for most of the book. I was completely pulled in by Summers' amazing style and the fascinating character depth that grew with every word.
Yet, the plot seemed to move very slowly and seemed to be almost non-existent. The characters didn't seem to do much other than sit around and have retrospective thoughts and conversations about their lives. All that mattered now was survival, and if it took holing up in the local high school to do it, they were going to find a way. While I understand that this can be difficult for anyone to get through mentally, and Summers did a great job of portraying this, there just wasn't enough going on in the plot for me. Despite that, I read the entire book and didn't want to put it down.
This is Not a Test offers a fascinating dissection of the human mind, its reaction to crisis and the will to survive that's interesting to read, but lacks action.