Ashley’s CBR III Review #143: Dark Parties by Sara Grant

CBR III Review #143: Dark Parties by Sara Grant

Dark Parties is another novel that delves into Dystopian Fiction.  Neva has grown up in the Protectosphere.  A sphere put into place to protect it’s residents from whats outside.  All the citizens of the Protectosphere look a like and their resources are starting to dwindle.  Health issues are also a concern due to complications from imbredding.  Neva and a few of her friends decide they want to start to protest the Protectosphere and all the very constrictive rules.  The problem is if they are found out they will be “removed” from society.  Neva accepts the consequences and starts a crusade to try and let the people know that maybe the Proteosphere is actually worse for them then whatever could be outside the sphere.

I think that Dark Parties is a little bit more ambitious then most dystopian fiction because I feel like it was trying to make a point.  If the USA keeps trying to protect ourselves from people that come from outside the US we will ultimately be doing ourselves a disservice, but maybe I read more into then the author intended.

The series has a lot of potential I just didn’t enjoy the entire novel as much as I had anticipated.  For being such a short novel I think the novel would have benefited from a bit more detail on how the Proteosphere came into place and bit more on all the evils the government participated in.  The love triangle I think hurt the novel in the long run.  If had skipped that part I think I would have enjoyed the novel a bit more, but I  have no patience for female characters that go after their best friend’s boyfriend because they couldn’t help themselves.

Product Details

  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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