Release Date: August 3, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
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 love dystopia like no other. The political corruption! The tension! All the horrifying consequences for just being yourself. All those things usually add up to a very captivating story for me. The plot and world in Dark Parties was no exception.
Sara Grant has created a interesting world. It’s unique and I really liked the idea of the Protectosphere. The question of what remained outside of the Protectosphere’s boundaries made me turn pages faster and faster. Unfortunately the pacing was a tiny bit slower than I would have liked, but I was still on the edge of my seat for most of the book wondering when Neva’s actions would catch up with her.
Neva was somewhat of a underwhelming protagonist for me. I understood her actions when it came to wanting to find out about The Missing and what was outside the Protectosphere. She was brave, maybe a little too brave for her own good. The thing I didn’t understand or connect to was the romance.I just didn’t feel it. I wanted to, but there was no spark. I don’t know how much this had to do with the fact that the love interest should have been strictly off limits, no questions asked or if it was the writing. Either way I didn’t like it. But the romance really doesn’t even play a big role in the story. Neva is mostly on her own throughout the book, so this really wasn’t a huge issue.
Overall, Dark Parties was a good read. I think the series will only get better. I’m anxious to learn more about this world, so I will definitely be reading the sequel. (If there is one)