Review: Dark Life by Kat Falls


Title: Dark Life

Author: Kat Falls

Publisher: Scholastic

ISBN: 978-0545178143


May Contain Spoilers

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The oceans rose up, 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 her debut novel, 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.

This book gets a WOW! rating.  From the first page, I was hooked.  I am fascinated by the premise, and I love the way Kat Falls presented her underwater world.  While I would be too freaked out to live beneath the waves, the descriptions of the homesteads made the prospect very appealing.  The underwater landscape of Dark Life is richly imagined, and made me wonder what it would be like to live in this almost magical environment.

Protagonist Ty is awesome! I liked him from the very beginning of the book.  He is daring, confident, and totally dedicated to his family and his way of life.  He loves his home, he longs to work his own homestead, and he has big, big plans for the future.  When a chance encounter with Gemma, a Topsider, turns his life upside down, he gets the adventure of a lifetime.

Dark Life is a fun read.  Ty has to take on a group of vicious pirates who are threatening his way of life.  With the thugs brazenly attacking government vessels, the small colony of homesteaders have been given an ultimatum.  Capture the leader of the raiders, Shade, or face a raft of unpleasant consequences, the most dire being an embargo on any supply shipments to the colony.

I was so caught up in Ty’s world that I could not put this book down.  I stayed up so late finishing it, and I didn’t even mind being exhausted the next day.  The politics are convincing and got me as riled up as they did Ty.  There is so much action and suspense, as Ty and Shade match wits and try to get the better of each other.  Even Ty’s blossoming feelings for Gemma held me enthralled.  Though the book ends with a satisfying conclusion, I want more!  I would even love a book about Ty’s plucky younger sister, Zoe.

Grade: A-

Review copy obtained from the library

2 thoughts on “Review: Dark Life by Kat Falls

  • September 13, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    This definitely sound like my kind a book, and the fact that you gave it a wow rating makes me even more certain as many of the books you read and are waiting on are books I read and wait on too. Great review, I will be getting this one soon.

  • September 13, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    @Jan – Books like this one are the reason I love to read! This was such an awesome title! I can hardly wait for Kat Falls’ next book 🙂

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