“I’m standing in the dark, not the gentle grey of dusk or the soft black of a moonlit night but pitch-black. My heart batters my ribs like a bird beating its wings against a glass cage. I wave my hand in front of my face. I can’t see it. I never knew it could be so dark. My edges are beginning to merge with the inky blackness around me. My dad would finally be proud of me. I’ve blended in.
Someone touches my elbow. I jump.
‘I’m right here, Neva.’ It’s Ethan. He guides my fingers to his lips and kisses them. ‘Follow me.’”
Sixteen-year-old Neva keeps a list of The Missing. She secretly records each one in a tattered journal hidden in her mattress. Written records are forbidden, but Neva wants to remember each person, each face. And she will never forget her first entry – her grandmother. But where do they go? There’s no way out of the Protectosphere, the shield that separates Homeland from the rest of the world, and the government insists that everything beyond is an unliveable wasteland. But as Homeland’s population and resources dwindle, Neva suspects that the government is lying: about the outside world, about The Missing, about everything. Neva and her best friend, Sanna, take action and stage a ‘dark party’ to recruit members for their underground rebellion. They begin to uncover horrifying truths, but can they succeed in opening the Protectosphere? Or will they, too, become part of The Missing?
Romance, faith and ideology converge in this suspenseful, compelling and thought-provoking dystopian novel.
Age Group: Young Adult 12+
Praise for Dark Parties
'With vivid imagery and realistically portrayed teen angst and emotions, Grant creates a believable, if horrifying, world peopled with interesting and well developed characters … Grant is a debut author to watch.' – Library Media Connection
'Dark Parties by Sarah Grant swerves deeply into the YA center of things.' – School Library Journal
'I've had my eye on this book for a while now. A place closed off to the rest of the world? I absolutely love the premise of the story.' – Amaterasu Reads
'Dark Parties is an interesting dystopian novel. It includes friendship, survived, betrayal, and suspense. The story will keep you turning pages until you get to the exciting conclusion.' – Karin’s Book Nook