Disclaimer: This is not a review. Read carefully. This is not a review.
I can’t believe I made myself read another zombie book. Really.
Courtney Summers is a YA Contemporary writer so when I saw this book I thought she’s just trying out for Dystopia. I never thought this is a zombie book. If only I had known… Well, it doesn’t change anything; I would still read it anyway.
This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
Kindle Edition, St. Martin’s Griffin, 337 pages
Science Fiction, Horror, Zombies
Read from June 23 to 25, 2012
This was a good book. I was just irritated with how the story turned out. Seriously, it’s the same ending you see in suspense-thriller movies that would make you scream and hurl popcorn everywhere.
I have nothing against Courtney’s way of writing. The book is gripping, fast-paced and moving. I wouldn’t feel this way if I didn’t relate with her characters. It’s just that I hate senseless deaths and open-ended endings. Tina T (This is Not a Test) has an intense plot. I didn’t notice I’m on the last page until I pressed for the next page and was surprised to see the Acknowledgement. I got up cursing for I can’t believe that was it. Like, really, it ends there. I’m so fuckin’ annoyed. I stayed up late for this and I only got that?!
At first I thought I’m reading a male’s POV. Sloane is a common name for boys so finding out that our protagonist is a female is surprising—and I don’t like her. I can’t believe she’s having her own personal drama when they are facing the end of the world. I don’t know if she’s crazy, selfish or plainly stupid. I tried to see her as a person who is really decided to die. I tried to understand where she’s coming from, why she wants to end her life and how difficult it was for her to continue living. As the story progress and I get the answers to my questions, I also get angrier by the minute. (Oh fuck Sloane, if you want to die then just die! Andami pang arte eh.) I was trained to save lives but in a setting like this, I will kill her. Matapos lang drama niya sa buhay. Leche.
And the way it ended? Wow, it made me royally pissed. First, the person who wants to die lives and the ones who want to survive died. Second, the way they died is epic. Ganun din pala kakahinatnan ang dami pang arte. Pinalapa na lang sana sila lahat sa zombies, natuwa pa ‘ko. And third, is this:
We readers are left with the same question, what happens next? And just like Rhys we’ll never get the answers.
Honestly, I was torn between giving this 3 or 3.5 Kiss Marks. I decided to rate this 3.5 Kiss Marks since it was okay and was written very well. What’s a 0.5 difference anyway? Oh and this has similarities with the anime/manga High School of the Dead.
You know this would have been better if I found out why and how this happened but I guess you can’t put that in just 300+ pages (and I’m gonna go crazy reading a 600+ pages book again. Newsflesh Trilogy is enough) plus this is just the beginning of an outbreak so I understand why it has to be like this. Well, I’m just sayin’ it…
Book # 86 of 2012
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