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Please Remain Calm

(This is Not a Test #1.5)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,795 ratings  ·  407 reviews
In this gripping sequel to THIS IS NOT A TEST, Rhys and Sloane are headed for a safe haven when they get separated along the way. Rhys is determined to reunite with Sloane until he discovers people who might need him more--people who offer him the closest he'll get to everything he's lost, if they can just hold on long enough.

Rhys thinks he has what it takes to survive an
Kindle Edition, 96 pages
Published January 20th 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Amber Don't bank on it; this is a novella. Similar to Mira Grant's novella extensions of her Newsflesh trilogy, this may be ebook only. Perhaps down the lin…moreDon't bank on it; this is a novella. Similar to Mira Grant's novella extensions of her Newsflesh trilogy, this may be ebook only. Perhaps down the line the two books will be released as a volume?(less)

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Emily May
Honestly... Courtney Summers is pure EVIL. And she needs to write more! Damn it!
Once you know the sounds of teeth tearing into human flesh, the wet, sloppy noise of skin and organs rolling around an infected's mouth, of fingers with the kind of hunger driving them enough to make it possible to rip a belly open and pull all its insides out, you don't forget it.

this follow-up novella is more of a typical zombie story than This is Not a Test. which, although i loved This is Not a Test completely, is a good thing. the use of zombies in the first one as a background foil to real
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia, horror

Somebody please tell me there's a third book!!! It couldn't possibly end this way, could it? Because if this is the end, I don't know what to make of the story. I honestly don't have any idea how I'm supposed to process everything from the first book up to this point. The first book gave me a platform of provoking and challenging concepts that I was waiting to be resolved in this book, but I didn't get any AT ALL!!!

What I did get are a lot of nerve-wracking events, teeth chattering incidents an
L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~
"Easy, son"
It's been so long since I was anyone's son.

This was just less than 100 pages long, a novella really and yet it stirred variety of emotions from me throughout.

The way Courtney Summers writes... she just about broke my heart.

It read so incredibly honest  that I believed everything wholeheartedly. Who even cares of suspension of disbelief? If it's this good, embrace it!

What, in any other book, I would have rolled my eyes at- (view spoiler)
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ebook

I could leave my review at that, really >.<

Courtney Summers has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Her books are just so well written -enthralling and character driven. My first book by her was This is Not a Test, which I absolutely loved, so I was stoked when I heard she was coming out with a sequel. This is a novella, though, but it's on the long side with about 100 pages or so (mine was an eBook so I'm approximating). Still, there's no lack of intensity and
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
No, Courtney Summers, I will not remain calm, okay? NOT AFTER THAT ENDING.

That ending is WRONG. That is NOT how the story is supposed to end, okay? You got the wrong memo, Courtney Summers. This companion was supposed to make me HAPPY, not TERRIFIED, not UPSET, not SAD, not SOBBING, not CRYING MY EYES OUT. OKAY? SO STOP TELLING ME TO REMAIN CALM.

This is one of those short, short stories where you're on the edge of your seat the whole time, expecting the worst to happen and when it does, you so
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hey :) Courtney :) Summers, :) why :) don't :) you :) just :) slowly :) poison :) me :) to :) death :) and :) then :) slice :) me :) into :) pieces? :) It :) would :) be :) a :) lot :) less :) painful :) than :) the :) ending :) for :) this. :) ...more
Jun 07, 2014 marked it as to-read

First I would like to start out with a warning -- please remain calm: this *is not* a full length sequel. It is a *short story*. It is a *chapter* of what we can only hope will become part of a much larger series that Courtney Summers will -- she better! -- continue to write.

My ebook edition displayed as 65 pages and I didn't even get that many since those 65 pages also included a sample of Summer's new novel All the Rage (which has no zombies, but I still want to read anyway because Summers is
Kathe L
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How can an author make a book on only 96 pages be so good? In fact, when I realized I was finishing reading it I completely freaked out because I don't want to wait forever for the next ones, I really don't. I'm not going to say much and I'll only post one quote (I can't not post a quote), but seriously, this was... I don't know what this was. This made me cry.

"People aren't supposed to be able to fathom eternity. It's an amount of time beyond all human comprehension. But ever since this started
Elle (ellexamines)
Sloane catches my eye and she quickly turns away from me and I get this weird feeling in my chest, that I should tell her—not that I love her. Because I don’t. But that I could, maybe, if we survived long enough.

Courtney Summers has really nailed down the creep factor. Or, you know what? This is not even the creep factor. This is just the mindfuck factor. It should be illegal to end anything like this. Way to make me sit up in bed and drop my phone, Courtney. Love you.

I genuinely love that
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
There's not much to say that hasn't already been said in my review for This is Not a Test. But I do think there were some small differences that clearly showed a distinction between the two, so it deserves it's own review. For instance, if you thought the first book was heartbreaking, you're in for a whole new world of hurt. And if you thought you saw quite a few zombies before?? Think again.

People aren't supposed to be able to fathom eternity. It's an amount of time beyond all human comprehen
prag ♻

Remember when I said This is Not a Test was the limit of mind fuckery? Well, I was wrong.

I'm so conflicted, I can't decide if this deserves a five star rating or one, but somehow she convinced me to the winning side, so here we are.


I mean, Are they dead? Are they alive? Are they zombies? WHO KNOWS. WHO CARES, RIGHT?


First, you build such a story I can't help but fall for the characters. Then, you do this. Nuh-fucking-uh.

I know I said I'm intereste
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well, I'm super traumatized now. Thanks a lot, Courtney Summers. ...more
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
My heart hurts so much. That can't be it. Where's the next book? Please tell me that's not the end. ...more
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
A follow-up to This is Not a Test, we get more of the zombie apocalypse from Rhys' POV. Although I missed Sloane, Rhys was a great character from the first book, almost as interesting as Cary, so it was fun to read his inner thoughts. I felt that the male POV was written very well. He never came off too girly, like some males have a tendency to do when women authors try to write them. He was a little crude, raw, awkward, and used bad language. He also tried not to be a pussy which is big in the ...more

Pretty good, some of the narration was a little dull at times but overall it was a decent novella/sequel to the first book. I was kind of disappointed at first that this was from Rhys's POV instead of Sloane's, but his perspective actually ended up being quite interesting at times.. Especially when it came to Sloane's state of mind and how she generally came across, she was messed up in the first book but she seemed even more weirder and sadder from an outside perspective. It made sense
Tom Lewis
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic sequel to one of my favorite zombie apocalypse novels, This is Not a Test! I’m not exaggerating that once you start on these books, you don’t want to put them down. They’re that engaging – you keep thinking about them after you’re finished. The zombie horror is ferocious and awesome, and fans of the genre won’t be disappointed; but it’s the characters that really pull you in. Remember the scene in The Walking Dead when Sophia staggered out of the barn as a zombie, and Rick h ...more
h o l l i s
This follow up was better. Not good or great but readable. Also, short! It was more action packed but with an ending that was pretty sad, awful, sawful and yet also somewhat open ended so I don't think if there's eventual plans for more or not. But.

Overall? Still couldn't recommend this series.
Neil (or bleed)
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please remain calm?? I can't fucking calm! This book is fucking cruel! ...more
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Every time Courtney Summers writes something, she finds new ways to tap deep into the horrors we all have. Each story is a nightmare of some kind, be it between the walls of a high school or beyond them.

In Please Remain Calm, she takes her signature flair for the dark and her ability to write terrifying zombies to a whole new level.

The story picks up immediately after the end of This is Not a Test, so the novel is required reading beforehand. Rather than tell the story through Sloane's perspec
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, ouch-my-heart
I hope it doesn’t hurt worse than this, being ripped apart, but I know it will. I don’t want to die in someone else’s mouth, but who did.
Geez, zombies can be such assholes. Seriously.

So I remember how, when I read the last page of This is Not a Test, I wondered where the fuck the ending went. You know, cuz it totally didn’t have one. (Pissed. Me. Off.) Sometimes I can be ok with open-ended endings like that, but I was strung up too tight at the end of that book so that particular one
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
There needs to be a sequel.
Nafia Zalal
Who the f**k gave Courtney Summers the permission to write and slowly kill me?!?!!?
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of This Is Not a Test

Novella that continues from the end of This is Not a Test. Not enough time to reach some of the emotional depths of the first book. However it does provide a satisfying ending to the questions left in the first. Rhys and Sloane continue to flirt with the question of "why struggle to survive" while the plot takes a classic zombie approach, excepting some very fast zombies. None of the hows/whys are explored; this is survival on a personal level, as well as the question of what trust might be wort
Dec 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
pre-read: hehehe this book is supposed to rip my heart out and stomp on it. i have high expectations. predictions? one of the two main characters, or maybe both if we want to get crazy, are going to die. I mean, it’s a zombie book. It’s bound to happen. But I’m not very emotionally attached to either of these characters, so hopefully this 200 page ebook will change my perspective when (if) they all die

post-read: excuse me, officer? yes I’d like to report this book right here.

So it didn’t stomp
Francesca ❆
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't like Rhys' voice as much as Sloane's. This was more typical zombie survival than the original novel and therefore more interesting for me but the tediousness of Rhys’ POV, the meh writing and uselessness of the plot didn’t add much to the original story or gave a new shine to the series. ...more
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Horror! Gore! Lots of Screaming! This was the perfect freaking scary Halloween read! Hope you guys enjoyed the Halloween!
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book has made me so mad! Just when I thought we’d experienced it all with This is not a Test, I’m given this follow up novella and told to remain calm. Of course this was not going to happen, my heart had gone through a shredder in This is Not a Test, so I was preparing myself for the worst (sort of).

I was thrilled to be back with Sloane and Rhys once more, I’d grown so attached to these characters, that all I wanted to do was to keep them safe. My poor heart really couldn’t deal with it, i
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
People aren't supposed to be able to fathom eternity. It's an amount of time beyond all human comprehension. But ever since everything ended, I think I'm getting closer to understanding it. These little tastes of it in the way hell stretches around us, making pain endless and moments like this one rare and fleeting.

A much-needed look into what happens to Sloane and Rhys past This is Not a Test. The first one was good but leaves things quite open, something this short sequel remedies. Oddly
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Courtney Summers is the bestselling author of several novels. Her work has been released to critical acclaim and multiple starred reviews, received numerous awards and honors--including the Edgar Award, the John Spray Mystery Award, the Cybils Award, the Odyssey Award, the Audie Award--and has enjoyed the recognition of many library, state, 'Best Of' and Readers' Choice lists. Courtney has reviewe ...more

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