Y’all, I clearly need to change my reading habits. Seriously, I’ve never read a book by Justine Larbaleister or Sarah Rees Brennan prior to Team Human and now I feel like I am totally missing out. There’s humor, parody, swoons and warmth in Team Human, a collaboration between the two that has me wanting to search out the authors’ back lists and get down to business.
Vampires are pretty much a Thing and while perhaps their time is almost past for now, I am pretty sure there will be another cycle in my lifetime where they are the Thing again. Team Human by Sarah Rees Brennan and Justine Larbaleister explores the mania surrounding these creatures of the night in quite a clever way. When a vampire begins classes at Mel Duan’s high school in New Whitby, she finds herself filled with worry and concern for BFF Cathy who has this overwhelming fascination for Francis the vampire. Mel, being an awesome friend does not want Cathy to get hurt and does everything in her power to save Cathy from joining the dark side. Meanwhile her other friend, Anna, is dealing with vampire related trouble at home. Friends, Mel has A LOT on her hands, friend wise.
You guys! This is what I want in a book. I want to read books that weave themes of love and f friendship without sacrificing one for the other, i.e. a person can be both in love AND have friends. And I think the characters of Team Human do a great job of exploring those sorts of dynamics — basically showing people in relationships hanging with those outside of the romance. I love that. I also like that all the characters learn something, as hokey as that sounds. I liked that they all came in with these incorrect preconceived moments, some of which include hilarity, including a first kiss. Don’t ask, just read. Another thing I quite liked was what I perceived as references to In Real Life Things, like before a person makes the choice to become a vampire they can go to a clinic and go on a tour to see what exactly can go wrong and are given all of these pamphlets to try and get them to change their mind.
In all, this is a refreshing, fun and touching satire with a world I had fun checking out. With an irresistible heroine in Mel Duan, Team Human is definitely an amusing read.
Disclosure: Received for review.
Other reviews of Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan:
Book Harbinger – “has substance to boot.”
Bookworm1858 – “ended up taking some twists that I did not anticipate”
The Book Smugglers – “surprised the hell out of me“