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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Dark Parties by Sara Grant


  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (August 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • Release date: August 02, 2011
eARC for review from Netgalley.


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.

Book Trailer: NEVA by Sara Grant (Dark Parties) from Sara Grant on Vimeo. With English subtitles.

Another dystopain novel to be released this August.Neva and her best friend Sanna has organized a Dark Party, or simply put a group of rebels, trying to get the word out that the Protectosphere's government is a bunch of liars. They say that beyond their electric fence is nothingness and toxins that can kill anyone, there are even carcasses of animals surrounding it to enunciate the dangers. They alter history and delete names of people who made a difference. They even control the news!

Neva have this pink journal from her grandmother who disappeared without a trace many years ago. She is not the only one missing, Neva compiled a list of missing people, which posed as a danger to her and her family. Sanna and Neva decided to take action and made their first sign or protest. But the government altered it and used it for their own benefit, soon after, Neva started working in her father's office which had proven to be more dangerous because now she is in the inside and her rebellious and curious nature was just unleashed. There is a boy in the story, something to be always expected even in the darkest of times The romance part is mostly what gives hope for the dystopian characters because now they have more to live for. The problem is this boy is forbidden not because of government laws but of girl code. Plus she kind of have a boyfriend in Ethan, even if the status is complicated. It kind of made me not like Neva a little bit but I see why and how she is drawn to him. Plus Neva is just headstrong and brave that I squased that little defect in her emotions.

The Dark Parties is full of twist, suspense, and mystery. It is hard to guess what is going to happen next. I find it hard to stop reading, what got me is the anticipation, I was too curious to find out what Neva will do to uncover the truth.

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