Reviews

“Laugh-out-loud funny, heart-wrenchingly sad and fist-pump-in-the-air triumphant, this sparkling gem proves that vampires, zombies and even teenagers . . . at heart, we’re all on Team Human.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This smart and entertaining novel—part Nancy Drew with vampires, part thoughtful and provocative story about assumptions—fully blooms in the second half. Themes of honest friendship and freedom of choice mix with zombies, accidental romance, a diverse and complex cast, and sharply funny dialogue to create a thoroughly enjoyable read with a core of unexpected depth.”Publishers Weekly (starred review) Best Summer Books 2012

Team Human…is interesting…and…appeal[ing]” Voya (starred review)

“With an interesting blend of vampires, zombies and some very un-ordinary teenagers, Team Human cleverly balances side-splitting humour with an exploration of what it means to be human.” Australian Bookseller & Publisher

“Stamped with Mel’s distinct brand of sarcastic humor, Team Human is both fearsome and funny, a fresh entry in th[is] popular genre.” Horn Book

“[T]he perfect blend of humor, heart, brains (braaaaaaaainssss?) and thrills. This will be equally loved by readers who swoon for vampires and readers who, like Mel, can only shake their heads and say, ‘A vampire who wants to go to high school? That is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.’” BCCB

“Larbalestier and Brennan write a witty, comedic parody that adds a fresh idea to the teen vampire novel trend. With elements reminiscent of the Twilight Saga, this is a funny and fascinating take on a society where vampires are legal citizens.” Booklist

“I could not be more a fan of this book than if I had a Team human cheerleader outfit … brilliant, funny, sharply emotional!” Rachel Caine, New York Times bestselling author of Morganville Vampires

“No matter what team you’re on, there are characters here you’ll cheer for. Suspense, humor, and romance: Team Human has it all!”Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of Evernight

“Funny, scary, touching, and thoughtful in ways you’d never expect: if you love vampire books, this is the book for you—if you hate vampire books, this is also the book for you.”
Maureen Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of Name of the Star

“Incredibly fresh and original-and absolutely charming.”Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother

“I fell in love with the genuine and quirky characters on their quest to deal with the unexpected. I’ve never had so much fun with vampires!”danah boyd, blogger, tweeter, academic, activist, author of It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

Further Declarations of Team Human Love from Maureen Johnson:

“If you love vampire books, this is the book for you. If you hate vampire books, this is also the book for you.” —Maureen Johnson, author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes

“Whether you know it or not, this is the book about vampires you’ve been waiting for.” —Maureen Johnson, author of Suite Scarlett

“Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan have written the vampire book I needed in my life. I’m glad someone is finally dealing with these toothy freaks.” —Maureen Johnson, author of Devilish

Team Human is Team Awesome. I know that makes no sense, but I’m too excited to make sense. YOU NEED THIS BOOK.” —Maureen Johnson, author of Bermudez Triangle

“It’s fang-tastic! Get it? Get it? Okay, just read this. It’s the only vampire book you’ll ever need.” —Maureen Johnson, author of Girl At Sea

“You probably already think this book is going to be good. Let me tell you, it’s even better than what you are thinking. Read it now.” —Maureen Johnson, author of The Key to the Golden Firebird

“It’s like Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan got into my head and wrote the vampire book I didn’t even know I needed. Team Human completes me.” —Maureen Johnson, author of The Last Little Blue Envelope

“If you’ve ever shouted ‘What the [bleep] are you doing?’ at the pages of a vampire story (and I have), then Team Human is for you.” —Maureen Johnson, author of Scarlett Fever

“If you’ve ever considered the logistical problems of dating a vampire, then this book is definitely for you.” —Maureen Johnson, author of Uglies1

“One of the funniest books I have ever read.” —Maureen Johnson, author of I Capture the Castle & I’m Not Giving it Back2

“Funny, scary, touching, and thoughtful in ways you’d never expect.” —Maureen Johnson, author of The Master and Margarita3

  1. Truly. She ghost wrote it for Scott Westerfeld. Tell no one! []
  2. Yes, MJ wrote that unfairly suppressed unauthorised sequel to Dodi Smith’s I Capture the Castle. A work of genius you will never see. []
  3. Not really. Some Russian bloke wrote that. But if MJ had written it then she totally would have written it. Just would have been set in Philadelphia instead of Moscow and it would have been dogs not cats walking around smoking cigars. Or maybe dogs and cats. Also I think there would’ve been less nudity and hardly any thinly veiled references to Stalinist Russia. But more hijinks. And The Master and Margarita has a lot of hijinks. []