Monday, September 12, 2011

Dark Parties by Sara Grant

Title: Dark Parties
Author: Sara Grant
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Acquired: Received free for an honest review
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 92% or A-
Buy It: Amazon

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.

My Thoughts::
This book, this book, this book! I always read books in the order in which I receive them, so there was no way that I could have read this book any sooner without cheating. But I do wish I would have read the books before it faster so I could have gotten to this one earlier!

Frequent readers of my blog now that I fall in love with almost every dystopian book that I read, this one included. There is just something about reading of a world that I live in, changed. And seeing how and why it got that way. It appeals to me much more than fantasy and romance books do. I just can not get enough of them, so whenever when comes my way, I gobble it up with few complaints.

As per usual, we got thrown right in the middle of everything. This doesn't bother me. I would much rather start out a but confused and wait a little for an explanation, then go on for 50 pages of introduction and dullness.

The premise of the book wasn't exactly new, but brought in a sense of freshness once we see some of the back story and conspiracy going on. I do not think I could have predicted it, if given another chance. The characters were probably my favorite in a long time. I hated all of them at one time or another except for Neva, but all were redeemed by the end of the book. Many of the characters had surprises up their sleeves and it helps us realize how closely the government controls they way people act, even toward their family. But also we see the wanting of a revolt from everyone.

Overall this book pleased me as much as I hoped. It seems that a sequel is possible, and I hope that there will be! I would recommend this book to dystopian lovers, or who loves a good conspiracy and government secrets book.

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