This is Not a Test
by Courtney Summers
Original Publication Date: June 19, 2012
Length: 326 pages
Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
Obtained Via: Borrowed from the library
View at the Traffic light:
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…
Sup. Yes, I reviewed The Secret History (and really loved it) back in July of 2012. I suspect that part of why I loved it is because reading it scratched some of same itches as writing The Raven Cycle.
But I can’t consider it an inspiration: I only picked up The Secret History in 2012, years and years after its publication, because early reviewers of The Raven Boys noted that they had a similar vibe, and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
Books that were inspirations, though: Susan Cooper’s the Dark is Rising sequence.
I always thought The Raven Cycle had a slight The Dark is Rising vibe! Nice to know it wasn’t just in my head.