Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers

February 1st, 2015 kimbacaffeinate Review 32 Comments

1st Feb
Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers
Please Remain Calm
by Courtney Summers
Series: This is Not a Test #2
Published by: St. Martin
Genres: Horror
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon
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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 and find the girl he lost, but in a world overrun by the dead, there are no guarantees and the next leg of his journey will test him in unimaginable ways ...

I love zombies, and Courtney Summers thrilled me in This is Not a Test, so when I learned that the sequel, Please Remain Calm was being released I squealed. Gripping, intense and oh lord I want more, Please Remain Calm satisfied by zombie fix on so many levels.

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Please Remain Calm is told in Rhys perspective and picks up right where This is Not a Test ended. He and Sloane are escaping and heading toward a safety. They have his Dad’s car and a crowbar.

Summers knows how to build suspense , deliver a tale, and she quickly drew me in. Narrow escapes, panic and deadly twists will have you holding your breath. I liked getting Rhys perspective and when he and Sloane are separated, I feared the worse. Summers’ introduces new characters and despite being only ninety-six pages, she managed to flesh them out and have me invested. There were moments that had me cringing, crying and sitting staring at the pagees slacked jawed.

The zombies and danger at every turn had my heart racing. The tale managed to pull at my heartstrings too as I became attached. Do not become attached! Summers’ manages to give me one heck of a ride every time we get together. The ending made me scream. *I mean out loud- the kind that makes my hubby come running to see if I am OK.* Yes it wrapped up, but OMG. I want more. I loved it and hated it, I really did. Fans of Mira Grant will love the This is Not a Test series.

I am desperately hoping Summers and St. Martin Press give us more installments. Please Remain Calm will work as a standalone. But where is the fun in that?

About Courtney Summers

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.

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32 Responses to “Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Her stories grab you, and have twists that keep you flipping the pages.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I loved This is Not A Test..she writes stories that just suck you in and are all twisty.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      She weaves a good tale and it is very descriptive but the characters got me.

  1. Ramona

    Somehow I missed This Is Not A Test, so I’ll start there, I think. I like me some zombies … heck, yeah! 😀 Thanks for sharing, Kimba, as always your review made me head straight for my to-read GR shelf!! Have a good week!
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  2. Adriana

    I’m not a zombie person myself. I’ve only read one and it didn’t go so well.
    Would you think This is Not a Test would be good for me to basically start off with?
    Happy you enjoyed the suspense and really got to care about the characters.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, it is more character focused even though zombies are a threat.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This series is a good one to kind of wet your feet in the zombie genre..since the story has a heavier focus on the characters. Enjoy 🙂