First Impressions: It is no big secret that I can't stand the more modernized vampires, like the kind you can find in Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I read all of the books when they were released and I wasn't impressed by the writing or the vampires. My kinds of vampires are the ones that Anne Rice came up with. I love me some hardcore, gritty, dirty monsters. I'm totally not into sparkle-like-a-fairy vampires. You get my point. Team Human is a parody of vampires, not Twilight in particular, but it might as well be. If you have ever questioned why humans are so fascinated with vampires or why a human would be attracted to a vampire, this is the book for you. Not everyone loves parodies, so I have a feeling some people will love and some people will hate this book. I personally think that parodies are hilarious if they are written by the right author. Team Human has two amazing, hilarious authors that have already proven themselves to be worthy of tackling a vampire parody. Needless to say, I had extremely high hopes for this novel.
First 50 Pages: I think you have to have a sense of humor to read this book. Right away I noticed that the writing style is humorous, sarcastic, and has some hilarious one-liners. I have no idea which author worked on what part of the story because everything flowed together so nice. I was a little bit worried, like I am with all books that have multiple authors, that the writing would seem stilted or that it wouldn't be in sync. Not only is the writing fantastic but the whole book is so incredibly creative and fresh. It is completely unique in every way even though I found some parts to be a little predictable. Who cares? This book is so, so funny! Oh, and it has a ton of drama llamas, so just be prepared for that.
Characters & Plot: The plot line and characters in Team Human are so quirky, flawed, and once again, very funny. The setting is New Whitby, a town with an overload of vampires, but not everyone who lives in New Whitby loves their vampire neighbors, especially not Mel. She hates them. Mel is basically a vampire racist, or whatever you would call it. She thinks they are disgusting and she can't understand why a human would want to be a vampire or love a vampire. When Mel's best friend, Cathy, falls in love with an extremely shifty and up-to-no-good vampire named Francis, Mel has to smack some sense into her friend before it is too late. There are tons of side plot-lines that are weaved into this story as well that make this book that much more interesting and entertaining.
Mel is a character that took some time to grow on me. Her personality is very sensible and old-school. Like I said, she is basically a vampire racist and she isn't afraid to show it. Mel can come across as being very pushy and judgmental, but she has her reasons. I think many people are either going to love or hate Mel because of her personality, but she is totally awesome to me. Mel says all of the things that I think when I'm reading some of the vampire books that are out right now.
Cathy has a one-track mind: to be with Francis no matter what the cost, even if it is her humanity. I never was able to see what Cathy saw in Francis, which is kind of the point of the whole story. He isn't anything special and he is a very underdeveloped character (I think this was done on purpose). Cathy knows fully well what she would have to deal with by being with Francis and she isn't going to let anyone, including Mel, talk her out of it. Cathy reminded me of Bella Swan, basically.
Even the vampires themselves in Team Human are very unique. They are of course, very much out of the proverbial closet, but they do have some more traditional traits. For one, sunlight will kill them, so if they want to go out during the day, they have to put on a sort of Hazmat suit so they don't die. This makes it very easy to identify who is a vampire in New Whitby. Another kind of unique attribute to this story was the introduction of zombies. When a human wants to make the transition into being a vampire, something that everyone in Team Human has the opportunity to do, they have a 10% chance of the transition going horribly wrong and becoming a zombie. Somehow the inclusion of some zombie lore didn't really surprise me even though it delighted me, because Justine co-wrote a book that featured zombies. It was just an added perk that I really loved!
Final Thoughts: Team Human was such a fun and hilarious book! It was borderline goofy, but it was so well written and I loved how both authors took on all of the vampire stereotypes that have bothered me for years. I think fans of vampires and people who hate vampires will both be able to enjoy this one, as long as they have a sliver of a sense of humor. I'm pretty sure this is a stand-alone novel, but I would love to see Justine and Sarah pair up again. They make a great team!