Saturday, July 9, 2011

Review and giveaway: Dark Parties by Sara Grant

When I was asked to help promote this debut book by new author Sara Grant, of course I said yes, even though I didn't know anything about this book. I love to get the word out about up and coming authors as well as let readers know what to watch out for (I am very glad I did as you will see from my review). And as an added bonus, Little, Brown has provided two copies of Dark Parties to give away to two lucky readers. So make sure you fill out the form at the end of the review. The giveaway will run through 11:59 P.M. on Friday, July 22, 2011.
Dark Parties by Sara Grant
Release Date: August 3, 2011
Genre: YA Dystopian

About the book:   
In a world shrouded in fear and lies, how can you shed light on the truth?

Sixteen-year-old Neva lives in Homeland, an isolated country separated from the rest of the world by the Protectosphere.  The government insists there’s nothing beyond its borders, but as Homeland’s resources dwindle, people, girls mainly, have started to go missing.  If there’s no way out of the Protectosphere, where are they going? Suspecting the government is lying about everything, Neva and her friends stage a Dark Party in the hope of uncovering the truth and finding the freedom they dream about.
Read and excerpt from the book HERE
My Review:
I love the dystopian genre, so when I was given the chance to review this book, I jumped at it, even though I didn't know anything about the book beforehand.  And before anyone says, "Oh no, not another dystopian book", let me just say, the beauty of dsytopian, is that even though there are some similarities in the genre, the author is ultimately the creator of the world and they all put their own spin on it. 
Sara Grant is no exception. With Dark Parties, Grant has created a world in the (not so distant?) future in which a "protectosphere", or dome if you will, has been placed upon the land in which Neva and her family and friends live. The government said it was for their own good, and protection, and no one has questioned it, or gone against it... until now. 
After graduating high school, even as early as the age of 16, the kids have also graduated into the world of adulthood. There they get to work at a job that is given to them by the government. And most importantly, they need to procreate to keep the civilization flourishing. 
But Neva and her friends don't want it. They do not want to live their lives created by someone else. They stage a "Dark Party" in the hope of recruiting others to go against what the government is telling them. They are hoping in the dark that people will be able to find out who they really are, on the inside, without all of the outside influences.
When the government gets wind of the resistance, does Neva and her friends continue on in the hopes of changing things and risk becoming one of the Missing, or do they give in and live the lives planned out for them?
I absolutely loved this book. I could not put it down for anything, and when I was not reading it, I was thinking about it. Grant creates a very believable world, and such strong characters. I am dying to find out what happens next.

 The resistance has staged its first Dark Party. Listen in now and share with it your friends. Join the resistance!

And make sure to check out the Dark Parties Facebook page!

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.


  1. I haven't heard much about this one either but I'm glad to hear that you ilked it! :)

  2. I am a big fan of dystopian books too. Since finishing Divergent, I'm on the prowl for my next dystopian read. This sounds awesome! Can't wait to check it out.

  3. I haven't heard of this book before, I'll have to check on it. Thanks!

  4. Loved this book, one of my favorites this year.

  5. Dystopian is my new thing. I'm assuming this is going to be a series?

  6. @ Pixie... Yes, Me too! I couldn't put it down.
    @ Jessy, yes, it is written as a series.

  7. Mmmm, dystopian. I love it! Thanks for the review and recommend.



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