I was excited to read Team Human just from the title alone. I’m also a big fan of Justine Larbalestier’s books (especially Liar), and I’ve heard good things about Sarah Rees Brennan although I haven’t read anything else by her.
I was predisposed to like this novel because, to be honest, I’m not super into vampires, and especially not into vampire romances. Who wants to date a stupid vampire? Best case scenario, you end up a vampire forever. Gross. Worst case scenario: death. (Which I guess is really the worst case scenario for any kind of relationship.)
Team Human is about Mel, who lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires. But just she lives in a vampire city doesn’t mean she likes vampires, or even that she sees them very often. Most vampires keep to themselves, in the vampire part of town, and none of them go to her school. At least not until Francis shows up. Mel’s best friend, Cathy, falls in love with Francis. He loves her too, and Mel is disgusted both by how sappy the two of them are and also by the thought that her best friend might one day be turned into a vampire, too.
There’s some strange stuff happening at school, and Mel and her friends investigate. Could Francis be behind it? What happened to Mel’s friend’s father, a vampire therapist who’s been missing for several months? Why does a teenage human live with Francis’s shade of vampires, and why is he so cute?
I really enjoyed this book for its developed characters and intriguing plot twists. It also had one of the best-developed worlds I’ve read in awhile. By that I mean that it seemed to actually make sense that vampires and humans could co-exist. It seemed very logical that vampires would have their own special police force, and that there would be such strict laws and procedures about changing a human into a vampire (for example, the vampire-to-be would need at least three counseling sessions).
Reviewed by: teen librarian Renata.
Recommended for: those who thought Twilight was implausible; those who thought Twilight was romantic.