Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: January 20th 2015
My rating: 4 stars
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 ...
This book has made me so mad! Just when I thought we’d experienced it all with This is not a Test, I’m given this follow up novella and told to remain calm. Of course this was not going to happen, my heart had gone through a shredder in This is Not a Test, so I was preparing myself for the worst (sort of).
I was thrilled to be back with Sloane and Rhys once more, I’d grown so attached to these characters, that all I wanted to do was to keep them safe. My poor heart really couldn’t deal with it, if anything happened to them once again despite being only a mere 96 page novella. Please Remain Calm was layered with tension, if I wasn’t biting down my nails to the core; I was screaming “DID YOU GET BITTEN?” These rabid zombies used to just come out of nowhere and they were just super fast that you knew they could sneak in a bite any moment and it would all be over. Rhys and Sloane having been through it all just want to find some sort of safety, but is any place even safe?
I loved reading Please Remain Calm from Rhys’ perspective, like I said before Rhys had quickly become one of my favourite characters, so I enjoyed being in his head. I once again had hope that everything would be alright, Rhys and Sloane had been through it all, and Summers wouldn’t be that evil right? Right? Again with an introduction of new characters I was quick to form attachments (why did I always do this?) so I did find it a real struggle when things didn’t go the way I was expecting them to. *why Courtney why?* and that ending??!!!? You know how I detest neatly wrapped endings I was hoping just hoping that everything would be okay. We’re sort of left with the hope that things would end up that way, but sometimes you know when you just need things written out for you and some sort of closure? I sort of needed this with this book.
Overall Please Remain Calm was everything I was expecting it to be and so much more. Summers created that constant fear around the corner and built up the tension really well. And although I was dreading every single page, I would be back in this world with these characters again in an instant!