Dark Parties – Sara Grant

“Neva keeps a list of The Missing – people like her grandmother who have vanished.  The people that everyone else pretends never existed.

In a world isolated by the Protectosphere – a dome which protects, but also imprisons – Neva and her friends dream of freedom.

But a forbidden party leads to complications. Suddenly, Neva’s falling for her best friend’s boyfriend, uncovering secrets and lies that threaten to destroy her world – and learning the truth about what happens to The Missing …”

I bought this book after reading a review on Book – Love – Bug, I thought the storyline sounded good and it also has a beautiful dress on the cover (one of my weaknesses when buying books) so I went ahead and got it.

I made the mistake of starting this book just before the school run and I very nearly didn’t make it because the first chapter is so gripping! I really didn’t want to put this book down, the story is well written and exciting so I ended up reading it in just one day.

Most of the people in this fake world, known as Homeland, do as they are told by the government, they are all living in fear and believe that the Protectosphere is actually protecting them from the nothingness outside.  However, Neva and her friends are rebellious and looking for answers and this results in many exciting but scary times for them.  There are plenty of dangerous moments and sexual tension throughout the book as the teenagers try to rebel against the government’s reproduction plans.

Following Neva on her adventure was nail biting and unpredictable, one minute I’d think she was well on the way to happiness and truth and the next moment disaster would strike and I’d think she would never ever get what she wanted.  It is a fab idea for a story and I suppose I found it quite believable as the world is always trying to improve life and you never know what the future holds.

The ending was good but left me feeling that I wanted more, I still want to know how things turned out for certain characters and what the future holds for all of them.  A sequel would be great and I really hope that Sara Grant decides to write one.

Overall, this is a dark, adventurous and moving story that keeps you hooked throughout.