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Dark Parties

Dark Parties - Sara Grant Protectosphere is a world of greys. Grey walls... grey concrete... grey everywhere. Living a life devoid of color, of personality, Neva and her best friend, Sanna, have had enough. In an attempt to strike back, they host a dark party. A party where you can be any one and do anything, including starting an underground rebellion. But Neva's plans are derailed with a kiss. One soul searing kiss that will lead her down a path of discovery.Neva and her society are trapped inside a giant glass enclosure that no one can either enter or leave. And after generations of this, the world has become a shadow of what it once was. No more new clothes or technology. This is a world where everything has become recycled. Although on the surface, this may seem a very intriguing world, and it was to a point, I simply did not get enough information about it. An article here... a secret discussion there. But ultimately, I had a hard time believing why this society's "founding fathers" thought that the Protectosphere was the best option. Like the Protectosphere, I found the relationships to be very lacking. Neva seems to go from one bad relationship to another. She can either have Ethan, the shell of a boy who will obsessively do anything to be with her, or her best friend's "boyfriend" Braydon, who... gosh, I am not even sure I know how to describe him. He, at times, had boyfriend potential... other times, came off a complete creep. But since Grant tends to skim the surface about what is really going on, I am not confident my feelings toward him are accurate.Despite what it may sound like, I actually enjoyed Dark Parties. But with so many questions left unanswered, I became frustrated with the whole experience. At this time, Dark Parties seems to be a stand alone. However, the ending gives me hope that there could be a sequel, making Dark Parties more of a set up type novel, which would make a lot of sense. And if there is, will I read it? Probably. Grant has created one of the edgiest dystopian societies that I have read in a while, and I want to know more. I want to get inside this society's head so to speak and figure out what makes it tick. But only time will tell if I will get my wish.