[REVIEW] Team Human – Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan

Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan
Team Human
HarperCollins Teen (CA: 20th June 2012; US: 3rd July 2012); Allen & Unwin (AU: 1st July 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Mel Duan is rightfully concerned when her best friend quickly falls in love with a vampire. He’s a shifty dude, writing volumes of his magnum opus studying human emotions – presumably because as a vampire, he doesn’t have any. Of sorts. When a human transitions to vampire, they’ll no longer have the physical ability to laugh, and not even surgery can help. Immortality without laughter? It just doesn’t seem worth it.

Mel is a brilliant creation with a lively personality and wit that you usually get from sidekicks, not the lead. She’s determined, organised, capable, and her humour will totally have you on Team Human.

Cathy Beauvier falls in love with Francis incredibly fast and with no apparent reason. Francis just isn’t likable. Maybe because we only see him through Mel’s eyes, but still… His “nephew” Kit is more like Mel, and therefore more awesome.

Anna Saunders is relatable, concerned about her missing father, and her mother’s secrets. She’s a bit tragic; one can’t help but feel sorry for the poor lass.

Confession: Upon hearing the novel’s premise, I was sceptical. Humour, especially spoof, can be very risky because it’s so subjective. Thankfully, Team Human is more Leslie Nielsen than Scary Movie, and more complex than a one-note joke. Transitioning and the Zombie Disposal Unit intrigue, and hopefully the sequel will further explore these.

Team Human is that rare gem: a novel that gets the balance spot-on between humour and drama. New Whitby is a well-built world with plenty of sparkle – the non-ridiculous kind – to warrant revisiting. The story is fresh, fun, and simply a read that goes down well. If you only read one vampire novel this year, make it Team Human.

3 responses to “[REVIEW] Team Human – Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan

  1. Ooh I’ll be checking this out. Love spoofs.

  2. Ooh I’ll be checking this out. Love spoofs.

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