Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Review: Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers

Title: Please Remain Calm
Author: Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Published: January 20, 2015
Purchase: Amazon  |  B&N

From Goodreads:

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’m almost ready to believe not seeing the infected is worse than seeing them 
because at least wherever they are, you know where you shouldn’t be.”

I read This Is Not a Test in 2012 -- it was a fascinating story that kept me glued to the pages. I said in my review that it is not about the dead nearly as much as it is about the living, and that was one of my favorite aspects of the story. Those darn post-apocalyptics just don’t end with warm fuzzy feelings and boat loads of happiness, though, so when the end of the book arrived… I was not ready to say goodbye. It left me saying, “Don't. Wait. Stop. COME BACK.” 

I’ve thought about Sloane so much since I finished that book and wondered what happened to her and Rhys? I was so excited to read Please Remain Calm and finally have those answers.  The best part of this novella is that we pick up exactly where we left off, and this time around we are in the head of Rhys.  This poor guy is doing his best to keep them alive, and it’s not easy when you’re not sure your partner in survival is as intent on the whole surviving part as you are.

“I’m afraid everything I was is gone and all that’s left is everything I'm not.”

Their adventure is just as thrilling and horrific as their first. The characters they meet along the way are absolutely absorbing, and the journey is undeniably emotional. This novella may only be 96 pages, but it will engage you as soundly as any 300-page novel. And just like the first, when the end came… I wasn’t ready to let go. Once again, I am saying, “Don't. Wait. Stop. COME BACK.” 

“So close.  We were so close.  But we’ll never be close enough.  What am I supposed to do, knowing that?”

All I can do is hope that this amazing author will give me more of this story and these characters one day.

“'Let’s keep going,' she says.” 

© at A Belle's Tales



  1. Gahh I have to read This Is Not a Test! I snagged in it one of my many book outlet sprees and now it is just waiting patiently for me on my shelf. I love this review wifey!

    1. Yes! I am so excited for you to read that one -- you're going to love it! Thank you, dearest *smoosh*

  2. I've been meaning to read This Is Not a Test for quite a while now. Now I know I really must get to it! With how much you seem to enjoy the characters that the author created let's me know I have to get lost in the books!

    Lovely review! *huggles* <3

    1. You will love the writing, Magen! I can't wait for you to start it! Thank you, sweet friend *tackle hugs*

  3. Doesn't she rock. I hope you read her newest All the Rage as well Michele.

    1. She's amazing! Oh, I early reviewed that one -- such a powerful story! Thanks for stopping by, Kimba :)

  4. I keep thinking I need to read this, but I am waiting for more because I don't want another open ending. This author rocks!

    1. Isn't she amazing? But, yes... those open endings. This seems to be a trait of hers. I will say she does them in such a way they leave me with a hopeful heart and usually a smile on my face.

  5. Yikes, her covers are always so pretty o.O I do like this author though, her new novel All The Rage was fantastic as well, I'm hoping there is a sequel for it. I like her open endings, but sometimes I NEED TO KNOW what happens next xD Beautiful review. <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

  6. I hope there will be more for you to read! I want to read This is Not a Test and this novella. Both sound great. I love that you were still thinking about the story and characters before you read the novella and that you still want more. Awesome review! :)

  7. I need to read this. I loved This is Not a Test and want to know what happened to them.


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