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Dark Parties (Neva #1)

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,858 Ratings  ·  300 Reviews
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...

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Paperback, 264 pages
Published December 22nd 2011 by Indigo (first published 2011)
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Wendy Darling
So...this book starts out with a makeout scene. Neva does some kissing with her boyfriend and then there's a little bit of We Must Rebel From the Protectosphere business before there's another makeout scene...but this time, with her best friend Sanna's boyfriend. Oops, it was really dark.

I'm sorry if this sounds a little flippant, but although I liked this book well enough, it did strike me as a little odd that this is how it began. I actually had to flip back to make sure this was YA, since it
Steph Su
Aug 24, 2011 Steph Su marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: debs11, dystopian
There was just not "enough" of everything. Not enough chemistry between Neva and the boy she likes. Not enough danger or suspense to justify the amount of surveillance that the book claims there is in this world. Not enough worldbuilding. I won't be finishing this one because I just don't care enough for Neva and the story for it to matter if I know how it ends or not.
Dystopias are where it’s at in YA, these days. I personally think the upswing started well before Hunger Games, but that series definitely made it clear that the kids are into perfect societies that are built on the suffering of their people, especially the young and attractive ones. Being an avowed fan of the genre for many years myself (I still insist that Orwell, Bradbury, and Huxley are required reading for just about everybody), I find myself surprisingly wary of this trend. The more dystop ...more
It's hard to know where to start with Dark Parties. There were times I really liked it and times I had serious reservations. Dark Parties starts off interesting (if a little weird) with a literal "dark party" - Neva and her best friend Sanna organize a party held in pitch blackness. It's a little bit random makeout session and a little bit teenage rebellion. Two things happen at the dark party that are basically catalysts for all of the action of the story: Neva accidentally makes out with Sanna ...more
Jul 08, 2011 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Dark Parties takes place in a dark future world where the Homeland inhabitants live inside a protective shield called a Protectosphere. The government claims this shield is necessary to protect from the uninhabitable toxin infested outside world. Sixteen-year-old Neva and her best friend Sanna are distrustful of the government and have started keeping a list of people who have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Neva’s own grandmother vanished, and The Missing members are multiplying rec ...more
Jul 14, 2011 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, netgalley, dystopia
I like Dark Parties.


Despite the vagueness of the story and the shallowness of Neva-Braydon romance, i found myself rereading Dark Parties right after finishing it. I give the romance-part a 4, the dystopian-part a 3.

I liked that Dark Parties started with the idea of rebellion already in Neva’s and Sanna’s head. [RANT: They only stage 1 Dark Party]. At first, I felt Sana should be the main female lead because I saw the steel in her voice. But I judged too early. Neva resisted normalcy, ordin
Harmony Beaufort
Oct 16, 2011 Harmony Beaufort rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, the conflict that is going to be this review.

Dark Parties is a dystopian about a girl named Neva who's society is trapped about something called the Protosphere, which forbids anyone from getting in or out while the goverment controls every aspect of your life. Population is dwindling, people are going missing, and rebellion is sparking all over the city. And in the center of this is Neva who just wants to find out what's going on and get the hell out of there.

Sara Grant writes with suspense
Aug 05, 2011 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by Dark Parties. For some reason I thought that it was a thriller type.. and honestly I wasn't really all that interested in reading it. And then, I discovered that Dark Parties was a bit of a dystopian novel! Well hello there piqued interest.

The world that Grant created was intense. The Protectosphere aspect was just down-right crazy. The state that the world eventually comes to was scary, yet it was absolutely believable. I'm not sure I would have the guys to do what
You know, I think I would want to read this book except it's in another language so that sucks.
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Dark Parties by Sara Grant has a very intriguing synopsis – Neva lives in a city ruled by the Protectosphere. The government keeps everyone isolated and under their control. Neva and her friend Sanna are determined to prove that the government is lying to them – but they have no idea what they are getting themselves into.

Okay guys. I am a huge dystopian fan. I love exploring all the futuristic worlds and rebellious characters that authors create. Unfortunately, this book fails to deliver on many
Sep 22, 2011 Lillian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't finish this book. I got about five or six chapters in and still didn't get it. Whose idea was the dark party in the beginning? Why was it supposed to allow the characters to 'find themselves'? Why did they end up wandering around and smooching each other instead? Did it work? Why the heck was it supposed to work in the first place? I'm sure that if I had finished the book, all my questions would have been answered. And I'm just not a big fan of rebellious teens wandering around spray pa ...more
***German Review***

Die sechzehnjährige Neva lebt in Heimatland. Heimatland ist durch eine riesige Energiekuppel von der Außenwelt abgeschnitten. Niemand weiß, was da draußen ist. Die Menschen tun, was die Regierung ihnen vorschreibt. Sie stellen keine Fragen. Sie gehorschen einfach.
Doch Neva ist anders. Sie hat Fragen. Sie will sich nicht fügen. Sie nimmt den Kampf gegen Heimatland auf, um herauszufinden, was sich außerhalb der Energiekuppel befindet. Doch schon bald schwebt sie in höchster Gefa
Lisa Mandina
I did enjoy this book, it is another in what seems to be a growing list of dystopian novels that I'm reading lately. It had some of the same elements as several that I've read though. First it had what I would call a dome called a Protectosphere over this city, state, country, not sure from the book itself, and that made me think of the Goneseries by Michael Grant. Next there were issues with reproduction it seems, or not issues exactly, but the government was trying to control it, and that remi ...more
Nov 30, 2010 Karin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Neva lives with her mother and father under the Protectosphere – an electronically charged dome that covers and protects the population. The Homeland tells the people there is nothing beyond the Protectosphere except an unliveable wasteland.

Young people are encouraged to get married and have children in order to increase the dwindling population. Neva and her friends don’t like being forced and manipulated to have children and make a pact to abstain from sex.

Neva keeps track of people who have d
Lydia Presley
Review originally posted here

With Dark Parties, Sara Grant jumps on the dystopia train and offers her version of a future that might be. Neva lives in a dome, a place where people are disappearing, where the calendar has been reset to 01/01/01 and where life’s luxuries, things we take for granted today, are disintegrating quickly.

Honestly, the book was okay. But just that – okay. I kind of felt as if Sara Grant took a stock “this is the outline for dystopia” booklet and filled in the blanks with
Bethany Miller
Neva has lived inside the Protectosphere her entire life. Most people believe that nothing exists outside of it, but Neva’s Grandma used to tell her stories of life before the Protectosphere. She believed that there was still something else out there, but Neva’s grandma, like so many others, mysteriously disappeared, and even Neva’s parents refuse to speak of her. The gene pool is limited, so each generation born within the Protectosphere looks more and more alike. Because of this, Neva and many ...more
A Book Vacation
2.5 stars

This novel has a very interesting concept, but overall, I think it’s very similar to many dystopian novels that came before it. While I did like the novel on the whole, at times I felt that originality and characterization was a bit lacking, leaving something to be desired as I read. Neva and Sanna are both tired of the unexplained disappearances and Government sanctions, yet these characters are underdeveloped in a way that stops me from making meaningful connections with them. While I
Jul 24, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Dark Parties is a very unusual dystopian novel. The story is something that has not been done in previous dystopian novels and I loved that about it. It did have its flaws and there were some things that I really did not care for but in the end I really did end up enjoying this one.

Neva Adams should be the perfect patriot. Her dad is the Minister of Ancient History and he is very high up in the government. Instead of making her want to be a good citizen that makes her want to rebel even more. S
Maggie V
Jul 22, 2011 Maggie V rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, futuristic
I’m not as impressed by Dark Parties as I thought I would be. The story jumped right into the action, which is fine, but I was a bit confused on some of the character’s back stories. Sanna was an off and on rebel without any explanation and Ethan seemed to do a 180 after his arrest, which is understandable, but a bit unsatisfying at the simplicity of his character. It would have been nice to understand why Sanna and Neva had the dark party or made identity marks. Neva’s parents had secret depths ...more
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Neva is a 16 year old girl who lives in the sheltered place under the Protectosphere; the only world she has ever known. Her father works for the government, who tell its citizens the land outside the sphere is poisonous and no one can survive it. Yet, as Neva well knows, people go missing all the time and no one mentions their name ever again. But Neva writes the names of the missing in her journal. As Neva comes of age and finished high school, she is expected to take a government job, marry a ...more
Shannon (aka The Tale Temptress)
This was an interesting dystopian compared to others I've read in the past. I wasn't quite sure how I was going to like it, and I'm still not entirely sure. I love the premise of a society stuck beneath a protectosphere where they are told the outside world no longer exists. I also like the fact that some teenagers are figuring out that perhaps things aren't exactly what they seem. It seems that teenagers, who often strain against any form of protection or stricture, would find this type of soci ...more
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I'm very torn with this book. My real rating is a 3.5 (not a 3): the plot line was great and I loved the idea of the "protectosphere" and all of the secrets that flourished in it. I think, overall, Sara Grant had a good idea, and ran with it, but didn't go back and add all the things that would have made it great.

There were several things that I didn't like, which drew me away from the enjoyment of the story:

(1) I did not like 2 out of four of the main characters (and I only really did like on
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
My Rating: 4.5

The characters in Dark Parties live in a society where it's safeguarded by the Protectosphere, a secluded bubble run by the overzealous government. Rebellion is frowned upon, while orderly conduct and a plain way of living is enforced. I'm sure most of you have heard the saying, "Big brother is watching you." In this case, it's very much true, the quiet revolt is slowly sweeping across the people. However, if careful precautions aren't taken, the vigilant government will easily mak
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
In a futuristic world, Neva Adams and her best friend Sanna seek to begin a revolution that will tear down the walls of the Protectosphere. Though the government insists that there is nothing outside of the Protectosphere, Neva has grown up believing the stories her grandmother told her about a world on the other side of their borders. Once Neva’s beloved grandmother goes missing, Neva will do anything to uncover the secrets and lies of their government.

Neva and Sanna’s radical plans become comp
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The idea of this book sounded so cool! A whole city living inside a huge glass structure? Heck yeah! Plus, it's dystopian. Always a plus for me.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a great story. However, there were a few things that I didn't like. First, the Dark Party. It's a group of rebellions who are rebelling against the government to find out what lays outside the Protectosphere. I was really excited to hear this and imagined what kinds of things they would do. Unfortunately, the group on
"Die Protektosphäre bringt uns um", platzt Sanna heraus. Jemand schnappt hörbar nach Luft. Noch keiner hat es gewagt, so etwas laut auszusprechen. Wenn ich doch auch so mutig wäre!

Eigentlich sollen die mächtige Energiekuppel und die strengen Gesetze den Bürgern von Heimatland Schutz und Sicherheit garantieren - doch ihr Leben ist alles anderes als idyllisch: Die Regierung überwacht jeden Schritt, der Einzelne hat kaum persönliche Entscheidungsfreiheit. Selbst äußerlich sind die Mensc
Jul 12, 2011 Britta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark Parties was an interesting, fast read, but it left me with a few questions... but I'll get to those later.

Neva lives in the Protectosphere, an area that closed itself off from the world when the rest of the world became too dangerous to live in. Neva's grandma never let her believe all that she's been told and ever since her grandmother disappeared, Neva has kept an illegal list of all the people she knows have also disappeared. No one knows what happened to them - they are just gone, their
Jan 20, 2011 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Neva lives under the Protectosphere, a giant electric shield that protects her small nation from the outside. Inside the Protestophere they are safe. The world outside is dangerous and uninhabitable due to a long ago war that ravaged the country. But Neva and her best friend, Sanna, know that the government isn't telling everyone the truth. There is no new technology under the Protectosphere. Everything must be recycled and reused until it falls apart. Fewer and fewer babies are being born, so t ...more
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