Edition: Orion Indigo (Library) Hardback
Released: December 22nd 2011
Series: No (standalone)
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.
Ever since reading a review of this book over at Page-turner, I'd really want to read this. It looked like a dystopian I would thoroughly enjoy, and I did! It had a really unusual storyline, well-layered characters and I would definitely recommend it to all dystopian fans.
I suppose I should warn you that this book might not be for everyone. The only reason I'm pointing this out is because I have read some reviews in which they didn't particularly enjoy it. But if you were to ask me, I would still say that this is worth a pick-up as it has such an original storyline. For instance, how many books have you read when you're introduced to a rebellion straight away? Usually dystopian books lead up to the rebellion but this isn't the case for Dark Parties - straight away you're introduced to rebellious characters etc. It might have a slightly strange first chapter, but I definietly think you should stick with it!
The heroine, Neva, is a really brave and admirable character. If I were in her situation, stuck in a "Protectosphere", I would feel exactly like her - trapped. I loved how determined she was to never give up hope. She was just so multi-dimensional. Caring, considerate, brave, strong, fiery - always willing to do what it took. I really can't think of a better main character that could have been more perfect - she fit perfectly into the role.
Overall, I really enjoyed Dark Parties. At the beginning, I will admit that I was a little skeptical... but after a while I was gripped - maybe it was because it had that gripping quality that only books in present tense can pull off? So, yeah, if you're a dystopian fanatic, go try this out!