Those of you who regularly follow Knight Reader (all both of you) know that I am a fan of both superheroes and vampires. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because reality is a real downer most of the time, and I like to escape into a world of fantasy. Maybe it’s because I wish I were a superhero or a vampire. I’m leaning toward the second option. Anyway, in my latest read, Suck It Up by Brian Meehl, the main character, Morning McCobb, is a nerdy vampire obsessed with superheroes. Except for the whole vampire thing, I can totally relate.
Morning McCobb was sixteen when he was accidentally turned into a vampire. Imagine if you will being sixteen forever. (Shudder.) Now imagine being a scrawny, nerdy, sixteen-year-old vegan for the rest of eternity. (You’ll have to read the book to understand how Morning is both a vampire and a vegan. It’s a little too odd to get into here.) Morning has just graduated from the Leaguer Academy, a kind of training facility for vampires. Leaguers are members of the International Vampire League, and they want nothing more than to live openly in the world and be seen as yet another minority group with “special needs.” Now, Morning has resigned himself to an eternity of reading comic books, watching Star Wars, and becoming a member of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion. (Sounds pretty good to me.) But the powers that be in the IVL have a different path in mind for Morning. They want him to be the first vampire to “come out of the closet” and reveal himself to humans, or Lifers.
As you may imagine, Morning is a little skeptical. He barely passed most of his classes in the Leaguer Academy. Why in the world was he chosen as the first vampire to reveal himself? What happens if he suddenly realizes the guy next to him would make a great snack? And what about Morning’s dreams? Is there any hope to make them into a reality?
These answers and more are revealed as we journey with Morning McCobb as he “comes out” to the world. The big reveal is not without its missteps or people wanting to put a stop to it, but Morning just might discover that he’s not who he always thought himself to be. Will he like the person he becomes, or will he become the monster he’s always feared he could be? Read Suck It Up by Brian Meehl to find out.
While I kind of liked this book, I did think the point of view changed too much. It was hard to tell who was speaking or narrating some of the time. There was just too much back and forth. Aside from that, Meehl introduced a whole new vampire mythology, and I think it’s interesting to compare it to what we think we know about vampires.
To learn more about Brian Meehl and Suck It Up, visit http://www.brianmeehl.com/.