Aug 3, 2011

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Review: Dark Parties by Sara Grant

Dark Review: Dark Parties by Sara Grant
August 3, 2011
Little, Brown

Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

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 Review:
Dark Parties started out with a bang and quickly drew me into the story. However, after chapter 1, it was difficult for me to continue reading because of some of the characters. I got so annoyed with their actions and it was all I could do not to throw the book across the room. I will say that I enjoyed the plot and that once I was able to get past some of my grievances, I was able to get fully amerced in the story.

I went back and forth with how I felt about Neva. At times I admired her for her courage, but at other times I was furious with her behavior. I couldn’t get over how she was lusting for someone that she shouldn’t be even thinking about, considering that he is with her best friend. I may have been able to forgive her if there was an undeniable connection between them, but I felt that their “relationship” felt forced. I did like how she stood up for what she believed in, no matter what her friends were saying. She was determined to get to the bottom of The Missing, and I was cheering her on the whole way.

The one character who I couldn’t stand was Neva’s best friend Sanna. She was as flat as any character can be. I didn’t understand her motives at all. One second she wants to lead the rebellion, the next she is acting meek and saying that she can’t do it anymore because her boyfriend Braydon says so. I have no respect for anyone who just follows along with what a guy says. I also hated how she used “A-ma-zing” in what seemed like every single sentence. Stop!! Don’t say it again!

While this isn’t the most original dystopian novel, I did enjoy it somewhat. I really wanted to know what happened to all the people who disappeared, and how Neva’s family was involved in all this. I was shocked at some of the revelations that came about! I couldn’t believe how one of the characters was involved in everything. I would never have suspected. The ending leaves off at a critical point so I will definitely be reading the next novel when it releases!

Dark Parties is a riveting debut that I would have liked more if the characters had been more relatable. It wasn’t the most unique or exciting dystopian novel, but it was gratifying. If you aren’t as concerned with characters, you will definitely like Dark Parties.

My Rating:

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  1. I just finished this one and you said it — gratifying. Not the best, not the worst, interesting main character, intriguing premise, but some very flat characters and some seriously slap-worthy behavior. Great review!
    Mary @ Book Swarm

  2. I've been wondering about this book. I haven't heard much about it. I hate it when I can't relate to the characters. It makes it so much harder to enjoy the story, so I completely know how you feel. At least it was an interesting story! Might as well give it a shot!

    Thanks for the honest, awesome review!

  3. Lauren M says:

    I liked Dark Parties quite a bit, but I agree that Neva's dalliance with her best friend's boyfriend was kind of awkward. Thanks for your thoughts! :)

  4. Marg @ Clockwork Reverie says:

    I've got this one starring at me from the shelf across the room. But given the fact that the last few of YA distopian books I've read recently have been majorly disappointing and that I've seen a lot of mixed reviews on this one, I'm a bit hesitant to dive into it.

    Thanks for the review!

  5. Melissa (Books and Things) says:

    I can see how the characters would bother you, but if she stood up for what she believed… I think I might end up liking her. Plus, I do like what you say about the rest of the book. I'm going to have to wishlist this one. :)

  6. Reading Angel says:

    Great review. The storyline sounds really intriguing and while the characters irritated you and seems they were real enough to be able to do that, which is always a good thing!

  7. Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading) says:

    Your review was just A-ma-zing!! Sorry, I just couldn't help that! Sanna did bug me too, but I liked the resolution (although I thought the ending was predictable). I will read the next one but am not just dying for it.

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