Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers

February 1st, 2015 Kimberly Review 32 Comments

1st Feb
Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers
Please Remain Calm
by Courtney Summers
Series: This is Not a Test #2
Genres: Horror
Source: Purchase
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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.

Espresso Review of Please Remain Calm

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?

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32 Responses to “Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers”

  1. Olivia

    I haven’t read the first book in this series but I am starting to think I am going to have to. I haven’t read too many amazing zombie reads excepting one, so this might make it one more for me!

    • 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 🙂

  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.

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  3. tonyalee

    I haven’t read This Is Not a Test but I know many loved it. Glad this one worked out too 🙂

  4. Jeann

    I think this series is definitely up my alley, seeing as I’m a zombie lover! Thanks for the review Kimba, great to know you enjoyed.

  5. kindlemom1

    I meant to read the first book and never got around to it. I had no idea the second book was just around the corner! I bet this would make a great Halloween read. 😉

  6. 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!

  7. A.P.Bullard

    Oh, wow. This sounds really, really good! What was it about the writing that drew you in so much? Did have to do more with the general narrative, the imagery, or the character development? This definitely sounds like something I am going to have to read!

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  8. Kathy

    Wow, this sounds really good! I’ve only read one zombie series and I really liked it. I’ll definitely check this series out.

    • kimbacaffeinate

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