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Dark Parties

(Neva #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  2,129 ratings  ·  317 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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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 3rd 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (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
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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 S ...more
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Steph Su
Feb 04, 2011 marked it as did-not-finish
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. ...more
Nov 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
May 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Nov 12, 2010 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Um...I'm not really sure what went on here.

OK, let me give you an overview of the book while I try to collect my thoughts. Neva only knows life inside the Protectosphere, which is a dome whose role is supposedly to protect people from the outside. Yet whenever anyone even mentions the outside, or thinks about life before the Protectosphere was in place, they go missing. Neva keeps a list of The Missing and determines to find out the truth. But she finds out more than she bargains for and not onl
Bethany Miller
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: royal
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
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
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
Lisa Mandina
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it
I love dystopia like no other. The political corruption! The tension! All the horrifying consequences for just being yourself. All those things usually add up to a very captivating story for me. The plot and world in Dark Parties was no exception.

Sara Grant has created a interesting world. It's unique and I really liked the idea of the Protectosphere. The question of what remained outside of the Protectosphere's boundaries made me turn pages faster and faster. Unfortunately the pacing was a tiny
Nov 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
A Book Vacation
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
2 stars. Mainly because the effort it takes to write a book and I guess we should all appreciate the effort Sara Grant took. Just a shame it didn't pay off.

Poor plot, poor characters and poor setting. The world in the future has so many possibilities, yet all I learned about Homeland is that it is very grey and recycled.
I missed descriptions of everything. People, surroundings, events, emotions. About the only descriptive scenes were the kissing ones. If I was interested in descriptive kissing s
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ Pg. 44
1.5 stars

So, I misread the blurb a little for this one and I just didn't enjoy the first 44 pages of this. I honestly don't know why but something about this just rubbed me the wrong way.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, ya
In the future, I'm destined to be a drone. It's a sad truth I've come to realize (and accept) the more I read dystopian fiction about the government controlling populations. Go ahead and assign me a husband and monitor my calorie intake. Since I'm not doing so great managing those things on my own, I'm sure I'd appreciate the assistance.

With a premise reminiscent of other dystopian fiction I've read recently (Awakened, The Third, Matched), at first I believed Dark Parties wouldn't necessarily o
The cover of this book convinced me to at least read the blurb at the back. The blurb, although short was what really made me want to read this book. It read "Every act of defiance adds up. Maybe this one snowflake can start an avalanche." I had just finished re-reading the series 'The Hunger Games' (amazing!) and the similar themes of rebellion was what inspired me to read this book. I was also sick at home the day after i issued the book so i decided to read it for a bit, but once i started re ...more
Feb 03, 2011 rated it liked it
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 o
SJH (A Dream of Books)
Sara Grant's debut novel is a dystopian thriller which will take you on an incredible journey in a society ruled by fear of the government and protected from the outside by the Protectosphere. This was a thrilling read with some shocking twists and turns. As the story unravelled I was constantly surprised by the unexpected chain of events that played out before me.

The story centres on Neva who lives with her family in the Protectosphere, a dome which was built to protect the people living within
Neva and her friends have been brought up inside the Protectosphere, a dome that isolates the Homeland from the rest of the world to protect them all from lethal toxins. Well that's what they've always been told anyway but are they really being protected or is the dome really their prison? Neva doesn't believe everything that the government is telling them all but is she brave enough to face the consequences of finding out more? Can she discover what is happening to The Missing, people who vanis ...more
Jan 04, 2011 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
Aug 31, 2010 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
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, fiction, ya, dystopian
Neva has lived within the electrified boundaries of the Protectosphere for her entire life. The isolation of her world has put a strain on the civilization: resource shortage, inbreeding, and government censorship are all part of daily life. Neva and her best friend Sanna believe that the government is lying when they claim that there is no life outside of the bubble, and they hold a dark party to try to recruit members into their resistance. As Neva begins to discover the truth about her world, ...more
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Sara writes and edits fiction for children and teens. Her new series Chasing Danger is an action-adventure series for tweens. Dark Parties, her first young adult novel, won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Crystal Kite Award for Europe. As a freelance editor of series fiction, she has worked on twelve different series and edited nearly 100 books. She has given writing worksh ...more

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