February 01, 2015


"It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?" - goodreads.com

I had to set aside everything that I had on my to-be-read list when I found this book. I'll be honest, I love zombies, everything about zombies. As long as you do the zombies right that is, they must be dumb, slow moving, fleshing eating zombies. The walking dead type of zombies. Well Courtney Summers captured this perfectly. I loved everything about this book, if it could just continue on for, forever I would be a very happy camper. 

The book is all written from the perspective of the main character Sloane. She is not only battling the walking dead outside but she has many of her own psychological issues thanks to her home life. Sloane isn't like your usual character in a zombie outbreak, she actually doesn't care whether she survives or not, she has wanted to commit suicide far before the outbreak. I just wanted to cuddle Sloane and tell her everything was going to be okay. 

Courtney Summers' writing is beautiful and flows very nicely. I enjoyed every part of the book, although there could have been MORE zombies, but that may just be a personal problem because there are never enough zombies in anything for me. I highly recommend this book to everyone, just go now to your local bookstore, or online website, and buy this book! Thanks to this book I was able to find more books about the Zombie apocalypse, so I foresee many zombie reviews coming sorry, not sorry.

Now there is a second book to this one called Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers which I have yet to pick up (I don't know why I'm waiting), the sad thing is it only 100 pages which just doesn't seem like its going to do justice as a second book!

I have a text message.

It's the end of the world and I have a text message.

5 out of 5 stars!

Courtney Summers was born in Belleville, Ontario in 1986 and currently resides in a small town not far from there. To date, she has authored five novels. Her first novel, Cracked Up to Be, was published when she was 22 and went on to win the 2009 CYBIL award in YA fiction. Since then, she’s published three more books–2011 YALSA Top 10 Quick Pick and White Pine Honour book, Some Girls Are, 2012 YALSA Quick Pick, Fall for Anything, and 2013 YALSA Top 10 Quick Pick and White Pine Honour book This is Not a Test. Her next projects are an e-novella, Please Remain Calm (a sequel to This is Not a Test) and a new novel, All the Rage, both out in 2015. 

It is  awesome that Courtney is from the same province I am from, and she was born the same year as I was. 


  1. This book sounds pretty intriguing! I enjoyed one book by Courtney Summers, Cracked Up to Be, but I was worried her zombie apocalypse writing would not be as good as her contemporary writing. However, you're making me want to read this one, especially with what you said about the protagonist. It must be fascinating to read about an apocalypse from the point of view of someone who doesn't really care if she lives or dies. The short sequel worries me too, but I'm still tempted to give this one a shot. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    1. I'm glad I could help you decide to pick this up, I really enjoyed it! If you do read and review it I would love to see what you thought!