Review: Dark Parties

Aug •  3 •  2011
Review: Dark PartiesDark Parties by Sara Grant
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Brown For Young Readers, Little Brown on August 3rd 2011
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/Dystopian
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley
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"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."


 For me, I flew through this book fast cause it was really easy to get into the book. At first when I started it, the reader is thrown in a world ruled by the government, forcing people to do what they want with threats. This book held a real significance for me cause I see one day the government control people like that. And that is scary.
The plot line of this book is fast paced. The reader is thrown in the story, right into Neva shoes. She is rebelling. I like how Neva see things for what they really are. She refuses sex so that she doesn’t bring a child a into the world that she is living in now. She ask dangerous questions, sneaks into dangerous places, and find things she wasn’t suppose to see. I like how Neva fought for a way out, with only the little hope that she has left.
One thing I also enjoy in books is where minor characters take on a bigger role than expected. Minor characters in Dark Parties took on something that caught me by surprise. The secrets, lust, and betrayals in the book all made for good entertainment. Some were expected while others made you gasp. The government aspect in this book is what got me hooked. It really grabbed my attention with the way the government ruled everything. Interrogations, Women control centers, newspapers, etc.
The love interest in the book for me was not what I wanted. I like it when a characters fall in love but insta-love does not work for me. Although, I do like how complicated their relationship turned out to be. The drama with their friends, jobs, and families, made their relationship strain and get stronger.
Dark Parties is a realistic book about a future that is all too true and is happening now. There is lots of fighting, action, drama, and great reading adventure into a world like no other. The writing of this book is easy to get into. Ms. Grant did a great job on taking the reader deeper into the dark. Fast paced and adventurous, Dark Parties is thrilling read.
I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!



  1. Great review Savy! I love a good fast paced novel that you get so caught up in that the pages just fly by.

  2. Kate Evangelista
    Aug 3, 2011

    I wish I could read as fast as you. 🙂

  3. Claudia Lefeve
    Aug 3, 2011

    Oh, I must check this one out!

  4. Sounds good despite the romance. Oh I have heard such good things and I really like your take on it. Yep, it’s on the wishlist now!

  5. Midnyte Reader
    Aug 3, 2011

    I’ve been hearing good things about this. I agree with Melissa, it sounds good even though the romance is “insta-love.”

  6. Savannah
    Aug 3, 2011

    @Nic, I loved it when I do that too!

    @Kate, No You don’t. Cause then you have loads of reviews to right.

    @ Melissa, It’s a good novel.

    @midniyte Yeah insta-love is never good. But the story line is filled with good drama.

  7. Alison Can Read
    Aug 4, 2011

    Sounds good. I like books that are fast paced too. Too many books drag on. And I also love it where the minor characters play a major role. It shows more developed writing to do a good job with side characters.