Monday, November 19, 2012

Book Review: Team Human by Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan

Team Human By Larbalestier, Justine/ Brennan, Sarah Rees (Google Affiliate Ad)
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Team Human
Mel lives in New Whitby, a town founded by vampires in a world where vampires are common place. She doesn’t like or trust vampires, so she faces quite the dilemma when one starts going to her school and her best friends falls for this enigmatic vampire.

Team Human plays on several of the cliches that plague the Young Adult genre (vampires, falling in love in 5.5 seconds, quirky heroines and such). The authors clearly had fun writing it and the books is a testament of how well the authors work together. But, for all of the witty humor, smart prose and effort, I could not stop myself from snoozing with the book in hand. The pacing is radically slow and nothing really happens for the first 100 pages. I kept wondering when the action was going to start.

Mel, the protagonist, has smart and witty inner monologues. I found her funny but not very likable. Whether intentional or not, her prejudice against vampires is highly reminiscent of prejudice against African Americans. Racism and prejudice is an overarching theme throughout the book. Several characters keep pointing out to Mel her issues with vampires and she finds nothing wrong with it. You could have easily substituted the word vampire with blacks and you would have found yourself reading a book on racial relations.

I still found the book extremely boring and even thinking about the book and writing this review made me sleepy.


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