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DarkParties was perfect.
posted by bookittyblog on August 15, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Neva's pursuit of truth leads her into a place where she can glean some answers, but someone she has always trusted seems to be neck deep in perpetuating the lie the government has been feeding people. This gives her lots of conflict to deal with, and I really did like this aspect of the story. It's always hard to reconcile things when someone you've always loved and trusted is appearing to be the bad guy.
One part I was a little disappointed with was the romantic element. I felt like the attraction here was just a little too instant, and very underdeveloped. And yet, they seem to kind of pine for each other throughout the story with very little back up why. I wanted to see a few more scenes with these two together. I wanted a little bit more of a build up and just a teensy bit more focus on this aspect of the story.
I was also a little disappointed in the end, as so much was up in the air. Please let this be a series, because if that was the end for a stand alone novel, I'd be very disappointed for sure. As it is, the final events seem to be leading to a sequel where I hope the pieces that have been left dangling will be worked out.
All in all, this was a good, suspenseful read, and I will definitely be looking out for a sequel.
posted by ReadergirlReviews on July 18, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 4, 2011
For me, I flew through this book fast cause it was really easy to get into the book. At first when I started it, the reader is thrown in a world ruled by the government, forcing people to do what they want with threats. This book held a real significance for me cause I see one day the government control people like that. And that is scary.
The plot line of this book is fast paced. The reader is thrown in the story, right into Neva shoes. She is rebelling. I like how Neva see things for what they really are. She refuses sex so that she doesn't bring a child a into the world that she is living in now. She ask dangerous questions, sneaks into dangerous places, and find things she wasn't suppose to see. I like how Neva fought for a way out, with only the little hope that she has left.
One thing I also enjoy in books is where minor characters take on a bigger role than expected. Minor characters in Dark Parties took on something that caught me by surprise. The secrets, lust, and betrayals in the book all made for good entertainment. Some were expected while others made you gasp. The government aspect in this book is what got me hooked. It really grabbed my attention with the way the government ruled everything. Interrogations, Women control centers, newspapers, etc.
The love interest in the book for me was not what I wanted. I like it when a characters fall in love but insta-love does not work for me. Although, I do like how complicated their relationship turned out to be. The drama with their friends, jobs, and families, made their relationship strain and get stronger.
Dark Parties is a realistic book about a future that is all too true and is happening now. There is lots of fighting, action, drama, and great reading adventure into a world like no other. The writing of this book is easy to get into. Ms. Grant did a great job on taking the reader deeper into the dark. Fast paced and adventurous, Dark Parties is thrilling read.
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Posted July 26, 2011
Plot-Driven and Interesting - A Good Read
Going into Dark Parties, I expected a dark dystopian with a controlling government and an undercurrent of fear. I got that, at least somewhat; but I hadn't realized how Neva's age and her newly minted adulthood would come into play. Many of the people living under the Protectosphere move about their day to day lives with no passion and no motivation to rebel. They do what their told, when their told. Neva doesn't, but she isn't the spark of a rebellion either.
I liked Neva, but I had issues connecting with her. I felt strongest about her when she was thinking about the Missing people that she writes about in her journal and remembering her Grandmother who named her. Aside from that, Neva's strong, sure, but she's also a bit obsessed with red-booted Braydon. I get that the guy has some sex appeal, but she wants him and a lot. All based on a kiss in the dark. It's like that one kiss dominates her thoughts, especially since she didn't really like Braydon before that. Her internal war between wanting Braydon and not wanting Braydon got to be a bit much.
The secondary characters like Sanna (Neva's best friend and Braydon's girlfriend), Braydon, and Neva's boyfriend Ethan stood out, but not a great deal. They play their roles and play them well, but I never connected with them or with their relationships with Neva. Braydon is supposed to be all sexy and broody, but I had issues getting behind a romance between him and Neva when it was all based on that one kiss. Neva's raging guilt pecked at her constantly too. She grows throughout the story though and her reactions towards Ethan showcase her more mature mindset. Surprisingly, it was Neva's mother and father who struck me as complicated characters. We don't get to know them that much, but their minimal presence bears a lot of weight in the story.
As much as I enjoyed Dark Parties, the focus on sex and procreation threw me for a loop at first. I hadn't realized it would be such a huge part of the plot and it is. There are fewer children being born, so the government has to go to extreme measures to keep the population up. It makes sense for the plot, but I didn't realize it would be such a huge focal point. So much so that Neva has all her friends make a vow to not have sex and give into the government's wishes for the 16 year olds (their age of adulthood) to get pregnant.
Aside from that, I really enjoyed Dark Parties. Sara Grant has added a worthy title to the ever-growing list of dystopian young adult books. This is definitely more a utopia with dystopian elements, but still interesting and actually realistic too. It doesn't seem like a stretch that a community would wall itself off from the rest of the world and then dictate the lives of its citizens from then on. Dark Parties feels a bit reminiscent of 1984, only with a younger audience in mind. If you're a fan of dystopians, then be sure to check this one out.
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