Jul 22, 12
Read from June 28 to 30, 2012
They don’t tell you how you will float through days. You autopilot, here but not really here, sleepwalking, and then every so often you are awake.”
After some time and several revisions, I have decided my voice in typical review fashion will add nothing new to the many beautiful reviews out there for this book. I dived into This is Not a Test knowing very few details and perhaps that is the way to go. I don’t know. I do know I LOVED this book. Courtney Summers got in my head. This story got under my skin. So I am just going to leave this tidbit and call it a day. :)
This is Not a Test brought on my very first book inspired nightmare in a very looong time. Growing up with a love for horror, I got my nightmares over with pretty early. Haha….Stephen King stories in middle school will do that to a kid. It takes something special to scare me in fiction and film now. Real life is another story.
But yes, I had my first “pounding-on–the-door-boo” dream after spending time in this world. Have you ever jumped awake with overwhelming fear pumping through your blood convinced that someone was banging on your door or just in your face yelling BOO? Haha…I love it! That heart pumping terror in the night is like a drug for horror addicts and this book brought one hell of a dose and fix my way! Makes me smile just thinking about it. I guess the way to my scare bone now is a quiet intensity made up of dread, terror, and loss that creeps up on me. Not a bloody attack that I see coming. My defenses were down and Summers just crept on in.
So go, GO read this book. This story and characters will haunt you. It made me ask and wonder:
What keeps me alive now? What would keep me alive if all that was gone?
What would keep me alive and fighting at the end of the world?