Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Dark Parties by Sara Grant

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Age Group: YA
Rating: 3.5/5
Source: 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.

When I first looked at the cover of DARK PARTIES, I thought it was going to be some sort of mystery novel, but only to find it was a dystopian. I'm just getting into the hang of dystopian novels and so far, I'm liking them, even though they give me the chills. This book definetly did bring chills through me.

The characters in DARK PARTIES, live inside the Protectosphere which is isolated from everyone thing else on Earth. Everyone inside the Protectosphere live in fear everyday because the government just fills them with lies on what's beyond and no one actually knows. Neva and her best friend Sanna are going against the government and they have this own party of theirs called the Dark Party. And also, the government wants the citizens to have lots of babies. So if you're pregnant, no matter what wrongs you have done, you're safe because you're being good by having kids.

Neva was very smart and didn't give up easily. She wanted to do what was right and she never gave up and I felt horrible for her that she didn't have the support from her father who worked for the government and knew all the secrets.

Towards the end of the book, there are so many twists and turns that only engage you and make you want to read more. And did I meantion there's a love triangle? Neva has to chose between her boyfriend, Ethan and Sanna's boyfriend, Braydon, who loves Neva as well.

For me, the cover is pretty eye catching. The blood red snowflake dripping (which has a meaning in the book with Neva's name) and the girl with her eyes covered is pretty eye-catching.

Overall, this book was a great read and if you're looking to read more dystopians, try this one.

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