Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: August 3rd, 2011
Source: Hardcover from Author
Sixteen-year-old Neva has been trapped since birth. She was born and raised under the Protectosphere, in an isolated nation ruled by fear, lies, and xenophobia. A shield “protects” them from the outside world, but also locks the citizens inside. But there’s nothing left on the outside, ever since the world collapsed from violent warfare. Or so the government says…
Neva and her best friend Sanna believe the government is lying and stage a “dark party” to recruit members for their underground rebellion. But as Neva begins to uncover the truth, she realizes she must question everything she’s ever known, including the people she loves the most.
I came across countless reviews for Dark Parties. Not all were very good. So when I cracked open my copy, I was a little intimidated.
In the end, I loved it. As many of you know, I’m more of plot-person, but lately, I’ve been prone to lean towards characters and their development as well. Though I can’t say I liked Neva’s selfish character, the plot-person in me was wholly satisfied.
Sara Grant weaves a dystopia tale with a fast-paced plot. I could see glimpses of Matched woven throughout the Grant’s debut, but that didn’t seem to take away from the originality of the story.
The story revolves around Neva, a teenage girl living under the Protectosphere. She and the general public are taught there is no life outside the electrified dome. But Neva thinks otherwise. Where else do the Missing disappear to? The list of people, starting with her beloved grandmother, just keeps getting longer and longer. Are they dead?
Being the daughter of the Minister of Ancient History has its horrors, and perks as well, as you’ll see. Dark Parties was enjoyable for me, though it might be a little difficult to get past Neva’s pretty selfish character. She does mature as the story progresses, however.
All in all, from the very cover, I liked Dark Parties. I won’t say I loved it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to see what happens to Neva next.