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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (August 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316085944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316085946
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,671,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Sara Grant is an American living in the UK. Born and raised in Washington, Indiana, Sara graduated from Indiana University with degrees in journalism and psychology. She now works as a freelance writer and editor for Working Partners, a London-based company creating series fiction for children. She lives in London with her husband. This is her first novel.

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I can't wait until the next book comes out to find out what happens next.
lisa mccarter
A unique and promising debut, Dark Parties is sure to entice readers who enjoyed Lauren Oliver's Delirium as well as Veronica Roth's Divergent.
In fact, the book really started getting interesting just as it ended - which made me a bit upset.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By the golden witch on July 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
(4.5/5 stars)

Okay, okay, I can see the places where people might have had some issues with this book (in terms of character believability/backstory), and I agree with them. Here's hoping these issues get addressed in the next book, if there is one. I'll try to keep this review as spoiler-free as I can when I talk about them. Otherwise? I really, really enjoyed this book, and here's why it's making my best of 2011 list:

For what Grant lacks in the development of some of her characters (and they're all male, but I won't go any farther than that lest it turn spoilery), she more than makes up for in plot. The true goal of Homeland that's the Big Reveal in the final part of the book is so awful, so horrifying, that it made me violently nauseous. To have that much of a visceral effect on me is rare, which is why, I guess, for me it balanced out the lack of character development with the guys. I'm really hoping that there will be a second book so that those omissions get rectified, but at the same time, I can understand why they were omitted in the first place.

This is a heavily feminist story when it comes down to it. The male characters really aren't important, even if they seem that way through the first chapter and in bits and pieces throughout the book. This is Neva (and Sanna, and the rest of the girls who are "unpatriotic")'s story, not theirs. For every woman that has had something done to her against her will, no matter what that is, emotional or physical, this is their story. That is the larger message that I think a lot of the other reviewers out there are missing. This is not your usual YA dystopian book. The girl does not wait for the boy in the end. She saves herself instead. The romance, in the end, is shelved for personal freedom.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The Allure of Books on July 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 levels...both the characters and plot left many things to be desired.

The Protectosphere sets up a very interesting foundation - reading about characters determined not to be controlled by their governments almost always makes for a fast-paced and exciting read. However - Neva did not make a worthy heroine. While I by no means believe that every MC has to be on the Katniss level of awesome...I do expect something. None of these characters had any consistency - one minute Neva was determined to be a rebel, the next she was terrified of being in trouble. She kept making big claims about what she hoped to accomplish - but she really never actually succeeded in being anything but timid. Sure...she played around on a forbidden computer and wandered down some prohibited hallways - but those actions do not an interesting book make. I was never able to find a consistent and believable character in her thoughts and actions.

I think the book's goal was to be a character-driven story because there wasn't really a cohesive plot that I could discover. Unfortunately, that basically fell flat. I followed Neva as she waffled between wanting to do something worthwhile and being too afraid to do so...and also as she fought a strong attraction to her best friend's boyfriend.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Sicurella VINE VOICE on July 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A clearly dystopian novel that easily touches upon fears and situations in the world today, Dark Parties is scary in its realistic potential. Neva and her friends look alike. They look like everyone else in the Protectosphere. So much so that many teens use identity marks to stand apart from all the others. Interbreeding with a limited number of people will do that.

Neva's grandmother used to tell her about a time before the Protectosphere, before people were sealed inside the shield that keeps safe from the barren land outside. Neva's like most dystopian protagonists - she's part of the small minority that knows that the life she's living is worse than the rest of the population is willing to acknowledge and she's willing to risk it all for something different and hopefully better.

While Neva's a standard character, Dark Parties is well beyond a standard story. Society hiding within a Protectosphere is realistic. Given the current opposing viewpoints on immigration and border control, a Protectopshere isn't something all that outlandish. I thoroughly enjoyed the look at what could result from cutting people off from outside influence for generations. Not just in so much as the way it effects genetics, but how it impacts commerce and other aspects of a society as a whole. Dark Parties is an entertaining book, while also causing the reader to consider long-term ramifications of real world situations.

Dark Parties s a wonderful example of government trying to protect its people and going bad in the process. This is a thought-provoking read that'll delight dystopian fans.
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