Breaking the Spine--smart girl! This Wednesday, I'm back in the YA fold.
Last week, I met Alvina Ling, editor at Little, Brown. You know, that publishing house that published an interesting series called the Twilight saga. She was kind enough to critique the first chapter of my manuscript and my writing certainly has improved, I'm happy to say. She had some books to give away and one of them caught my eye right away: Dark Parties. Gosh. I love that title. What does it mean? I snatched it up immediately. Check out the blurb on the back of the book:
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 unlivable wasteland. But as Homelands 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?
This sounds like a nice, edgy dystopian story. I'd never heard of it before. Have you? I can't wait to get some time to dig into it.
DARK PARTIES releases Aug 3, 2011