Yes, you heard it right. A ZOMBIE NOVEL BY COURTNEY SUMMERS. I was a little bit more than pained that I'd have to wait to read it until June 19th of this year. Then her publisher announced they were releasing the ARC on NetGalley, I requested it, and BOOM! There is was, beautiful and ready to be consumed on my Kindle.
I am so happy I got to read this book. It is truly wonderful in the way that Summers' contemporaries are wonderful- the characters come alive on the page, the story is compelling, and oh, yeah...there are undead lurking nearby and they're hungry for brains. Could it get any better? I think not.
Imagine my excitement when Courtney agreed to have a little sit down with YA Highway to answer some questions regarding THIS IS NOT A TEST, making the genre switch, and what types of refreshments were required to get through this awesome, blood stained manuscript.
Seriously, people. Five stars. When it comes out, go get it. Even if you don't like zombies, because apparently it's so good that even people who are usually wary of the flesh eating undead are also crazy about it.
The synopsis for THIS IS NOT A TEST: (Taken from Goodreads)
Question and Answer Session with Courtney Summers:
1) So THIS IS NOT A TEST is clearly quite different than your other published books. What inspired you to make the genre leap?
2) Are you planning to write outside of contemporary from now on?
3) You've said online that you drew major inspiration from zombie films and video games (hurray Left 4 Dead 2!) Any current faves that are influencing your recent work?