After withdrawing from the EU, Britain is governed by The Party, and everyone born outside the country is subject to immediate arrest and deportation. Failing to report illegals is a crime.
Zara is the only one who knows how her friend Sophie died. But Zara's an illegal. She can't tell anyone her secrets. Not even Ash, the boy she loves. The boy who needs to know the truth.
As the country prepares for an election, Zara must make an impossible choice.
For politically minded teenagers, Tracey Mathias’s Night of the Party(Scholastic) is a furious dystopian shoulder-shake, indicting the apathy that allows both rights and ethics to be quietly discarded. Post-Brexit, an increasingly insular England elects the far right Party, who vow to deport everyone not British Born, declaring it a criminal offence to fail to report an illegal. Ash has been grieving since his sister’s mysterious drug-related death; her friend Zara, with whom he is gradually falling in love, may have answers for him. But Zara is not “BB” … Skewering both the inhuman bureaucracy of the detention centre and the casual acceptance of horrors, Mathias’s debut is a hundred-decibel alarm call.
Imogen Russell-Williams in The Guardian, May 26 2018