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Dark Parties [Kindle Edition]

Sara Grant
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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This is a thoughtful and, in some places, a distressing book looking at what the future could hold for us. It poses big questions for a teen book about sex, family, society and human nature and it doesn't do a bad job of it. It's dark, it's gritty and some parts are tough to read, but it's worth it. (Catherine Bakes thebookbag.co.uk 2011-10-01)

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Sixteen-year-old Neva plots to escape her world where everyone looks the same and no one is allowed to leave in this compelling dystopian thriller about identity, love and freedom.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 551 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1780620101
  • Publisher: Orion Children's (20 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0062QWV08
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #249,670 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sara Grant is an American living in the UK. She writes and edits fiction for children and teens. DARK PARTIES, her first young adult novel, won the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Crystal Kite Award for Europe. Her next teen novel - HALF LIVES - is a story told in two voices from a pre- and post-apocalyptic time. She also writes a funny magical series for young readers, titled MAGIC TRIX. As a freelance editor of series fiction, she has worked on twelve different series and edited nearly 100 books. She gives writing workshops in the US, UK and Europe and guest lectures on writing young fiction at the University of Winchester. Sara was born and raised in Washington, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University with degrees in journalism and psychology, and later she earned a master's degree in creative and life writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Visit Sara at www.sara-grant.com or on Twitter at @authorsaragrant.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unpredictable and utterly thrilling 5 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
Dark Parties is a page turner of a dystopian tale in which our heroine, Neva, discovers the horrifying truth about life under the protectosphere. Beautifully written, we are led through the story with mounting tension towards a taut, breathtaking ending. I loved this book. So much. I always think I can figure out what's going to happen, in fact I usually can, but not in this case. There are real surprises here, although as you look back you can see how carefully seeded they are. This is a truly exciting story, and I cannot wait to read more from Sara Grant.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This dystopian is Sara Grant's debut novel, and it's pretty impressive! I was first attracted to the striking cover artwork - the gorgeous red dress stands out from the grey and slightly foggy/snowy background which illustrates the whole premise of the book wonderfully; people are unique, we don't all need to blend in and merge into one mass product.

I'm not usually a massive dystopian fan, as mostly I find them too unrealistic. It's not that I don't like unrealistic books, but I like the fantasy to be something I'd like to escape to myself - hence the dislike of zombies etc. (I have no desire to be eaten alive!). This book however is scarily possible; it creates a world controlled by the government, where history is re-written and leaves people wondering what is real and what isn't! Things happen that given the choice, you certainly wouldn't want to be a part of, the question is "How far would you go to be free?"

I found this to be one of the most unpredictable books I've read this year. There are so many twists and turns which keep on going until the very end. Even if you guess some of the twists, I doubt you'll guess them all!

Although a fairly satisfying ending, the book is very much left open for the possibility of a return. I'm very much hoping for a sequel - I want to know more!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing world! 6 Mar 2012
By Lily
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read this book in a few hours, it was so good I just couldn't put it down. I love the idea of the protectosphere which seperates Neva's country from the rest of the world, the author brings all the problems that arise from this to life brillantly. The plot is well thought out and there are loads of twists and turns you don't quite expect, the characters are all developed nicely and Neva is a brave main character but still has her flaws and makes mistakes. I think a follow up to this would definitely be interesting and I would buy more from this author. I couldn't find anything to nitpick about "Dark Parties", I really enjoyed Sara Grants style of writing which was really good at keeping up the suspense.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Bleak though Neva's world is, being lost in it was a thrilling experience. Grant has the knack of sharing information concisely through tiny details and light touches. It's great to read something set in such an intriguing and different world without a ton of 'essential' information being offered via the handy outsider or history lesson. There are plenty of things I still don't know about this world, and I would love to read a sequel or companion novel set in the same context, but I'm intrigued rather than frustrated.

The characters are beautifully drawn and engaging. Neva has our sympathies from the start, with her torn loyalties and desire to rebel. There are many interesting characters in the novel, many of whom impact on Neva's growing unease and isolation at some point. The question of who can be trusted is raised multiple times in this story and the plot offers more than one twist which I didn't see coming. Ultimately, it's a classic dystopian tale of the clash between totalitarianism and the individual. Neva's position as that individual is precarious and her resolve is clear, but so is her fear - particularly her fear for others. Although Neva's strength and determination are admirable, it is her weaker moments and her uncertainty due to possible effects on others that endear her to us.

This is a pacy thriller, speeding us along Neva's seemingly inevitable journey into rebellion, largely due to the immediacy of the present tense narration and the text's efficiency. There isn't a single wasted word and Grant is therefore able to compel Neva on in her twisting quest while also fleshing out characters and setting enough to make this an involving read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 2 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
Neva is one of those characters you are meant to fall in love with meaning you want to get behind her and her cause completely which I totally did. She lives in this 1984esque world where people are controlled by the government in their every waking moment. History has been rewritten, people go missing never to be spoken of again and the youth of the protectosphere are encouraged to procreate like crazy to build up a dwindling population.

Neva and her friends don't buy into this idea. They know there is lots that the government isn't telling them and are determined to find out more at the risk of being arrested or worse becoming one of the missing themselves.

The main plot of the story follows Neva as she tries to find out more about the world she actually lives in. She risks everything to do so and ends up in several situations which are extremely nasty and unplesant and the price she pays for trying to uncover the truth is extremely high. There are several scenes which are truly horrific and show the complete power of the government over the people who live under them.

The end of the book adds in several twists which I never saw coming and whilst ends the story quite nicely leaves lots of spoce for more books to follow on from it which I hope do follow in the future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique tale
What happens to the Missing? It's hard to find answers when your father works for the government: you can't tell who's been 'persuaded' to betray their friends, and even the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. F. Lawlor
5.0 out of 5 stars Protectosphere or Protect Us Fear: who is the real enemy?
Imagine a world where everyone looks the same. A world where teenagers annihilate their bodies with homemade tattoos, just so that they can look a tiny bit different from their... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dan S
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Parties
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Although I rated it 4*, it's probably closer to 3.5* but I did enjoy it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by EponaReviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant!!
What a brilliant read - totally gripping and fantastically written. I was engrossed from start to finish - wanting to find out what happened to Neva, but not wanting the book to... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kayles494
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on young adult novel
Dark Parties is a dystopian near-or-distant future young adult novel. It introduces us to a world that is believable but terrifying. We are close to the protagonist, Neva. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2012 by G. James
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Twisted
I'm loving dystopian novels just now and this one was no exception. They are all different in their own ways and the world that Sara Grant has created is an interesting and... Read more
Published on 10 May 2012 by Mrs. S. K. Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Dystopian Book
MY REVIEW

Once again my daughter, Rachel was responsible for nagging me to read this particular book next, she wanted to know my opinion on the book as she has already... Read more
Published on 1 May 2012 by Sanz
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST MUST MUST READ!!!
Imagine a world where you are trapped inside a protectosphere, you are told that there is nothing outside, you must conform to uniformity, everyone must look the same, feel the... Read more
Published on 1 May 2012 by helenek
4.0 out of 5 stars 8/10 for Dark Parties
My thoughts: I'm not normally very interested in dystopian novels. They just don't appeal to me for a variety of reasons. Read more
Published on 28 April 2012 by Ailsa
5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK NOW!
The storyline of this book is unbelievably imaginative and creative, yet the characters are so believable and endearing that you find yourself absolutely captivated. Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2012 by C Stubbins
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