The ocean rose, swallowing up the lowlands. Earthquakes shattered the continents, toppling entire regions into the rising water. Now, humans live packed into stack cities. The only ones with any space of their own are those who live on the ocean floor, the Dark Life. Ty has spent his whole life living deep undersea, helping his family farm the ocean floor. But when outlaws attack his homestead, Ty finds himself in a fight to save the only home he has ever known.
Joined by Gemma, a girl from the Topside who has come subsea to look for her brother, Ty ventures into the frontier’s rough underworld and discovers some dark secrets to Dark Life...secrets that threaten to destroy everything.
In Dark Life, Kat Falls has created a breathtaking world where the deep can be dangerous, the darkness can be deadly, and sometimes it takes extraordinary power to survive.
©2010 Kat Falls (P)2010 Scholastic
I listened to Dark Life with my kids--21, 18, 15 on a car trip. We were captivated! Ms. Falls creates a believable undersea world in a future where global warming has greatly reduced the livable land on Earth. Her characters are bright, witty and adventurous and we thoroughly enjoyed our peek into their lives. Look for the sequel, Riptide, also a great read! Narrator Keith Nobbs voice the parts perfectly. Dark Life has been optioned for a movie, and author Kat Falls plans five books total in this engaging series. Highly recommended!
Dark Life was a good listen for those who enjoy books of this genre. Although the story was a bit predictable at times, I really did find myself looking forward to my daily commute to listen to the next chapter.
We had 2 round trips car tripsin 3 weekend span (about 30 hrs worth), and my son needed to get in his reading time in and he can not read in a car. I got this intending to load it on his iPod and get an another book for hubby and Myself. My husband and I read the reviews and decided to listen as a family. We all thoroughly enjoyed it! (Ages 43,42,12,9).
The story and narration where so good my 9 year old said he felt like he was watching a movie because he could see everything so clearly in his mind.
We got Riptide for the second leg. Everyone was so looking forward to it and it did not disappoint.
I'm just a fool for under water colonies and I don't know why it is not done much more often in sci fi... [I love V.McIntyre's 'Superluminal' ; see also 'A door into ocean'] This story seems so logical, but I did not find it at all predictable. I found a unique world, a beautiful world, full of interesting characters, with a likable main character. Very, enjoyable and entertaining. I'm just starting the next in the series 'Rip Tide', and hope the next one will be available soon.
Stays with you.
I liked them all... it was like the modern day wild west.
Differnt voices, inflection, attitude and intensity for the characters.
It was like the hunger games, in that, you caught yourself thinking about the book at random times. Unique story, that was inventive and borders on the realm of possible... in the distant future.
It was a very interesting book and enjoyable listening experience.
The futuristic setting--definitely thought provoking.
Yes--not too long
I am a children's librarian--This book has been nominated for my state's children's book award. My students will love this book! It is also very interesting to adults.
Didn't read the print version, but the performance is good so I enjoyed listening to it. Can't imagine enjoying it more reading.
Life as We Knew It because the main characters are teens and it's science fiction. The difference is that Dark Life is not a downer.
My daughter and I agree that he nailed the voices of the characters.
Dive into adventure and mystery.
I'm a middle school Science teacher and am always watching for interesting science novels for my students. I picked this up at the book fair. My daughter read it and wouldn't leave me alone until I read it. She even researched that it was on Audible and I could listen to it.
Yes, great story from the start. My kids aged 9, 7 and 5 were very engaged throughout the story.
I liked the mental vision of the life underwater.
Thai, of course.
No, it's way too long.
Keith Nobbs is a wonderful narrator - he brings the characters to life. As an educator, this is a great book to teach about life in the sea/science in the sea and potential uses of the sea in the future.
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