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Dark Life | [Kat Falls]

Dark Life

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Bonnie D. Reynolds Midlothian, TX United States 09-15-11
    Bonnie D. Reynolds Midlothian, TX United States 09-15-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Family Read!"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patty United States 01-10-12
    Patty United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Exciting listen for those who love the genre!"
    Where does Dark Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LB canton, GA, United States 10-01-12
    LB canton, GA, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "No more "How much longer" only "press play""
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Life to be better than the print version?

    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).


    What about Keith Nobbs’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    We got Riptide for the second leg. Everyone was so looking forward to it and it did not disappoint.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margit D. Morawietz Albuquerque, NM United States 03-27-12
    Margit D. Morawietz Albuquerque, NM United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Under the sea; VERY entertaining."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Orangeburg, SC, United States 08-20-12
    Kimberly Orangeburg, SC, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "One of our favorites of the season."
    If you could sum up Dark Life in three words, what would they be?

    Stays with you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked them all... it was like the modern day wild west.


    What does Keith Nobbs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Differnt voices, inflection, attitude and intensity for the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


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    Lauren Canton, GA, United States 07-10-12
    Lauren Canton, GA, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent children's novel that interests adults!"
    Where does Dark Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a very interesting book and enjoyable listening experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The futuristic setting--definitely thought provoking.


    What about Keith Nobbs’s performance did you like?

    Enjoyable perfomance


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes--not too long


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin M. Lyles Mooresville, NC United States 06-13-12
    Kristin M. Lyles Mooresville, NC United States 06-13-12
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    "Well thought out futuristic fantasy."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Life to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version, but the performance is good so I enjoyed listening to it. Can't imagine enjoying it more reading.


    What other book might you compare Dark Life to and why?

    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.


    What does Keith Nobbs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    My daughter and I agree that he nailed the voices of the characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Dive into adventure and mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Randy Gumenick 05-07-12
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    "We Loved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, great story from the start. My kids aged 9, 7 and 5 were very engaged throughout the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the mental vision of the life underwater.


    Which character – as performed by Keith Nobbs – was your favorite?

    Thai, of course.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it's way too long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Shelton, WA, United States 04-02-12
    Kathleen Shelton, WA, United States 04-02-12
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    "Great futuristic novel"
    What made the experience of listening to Dark Life the most enjoyable?

    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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