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Dark Life (Dark Life Series #1)

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    Safe Book for Your Tween

    The novel plopped me in the middle of nowhere. I was afraid it would be one of those books full of random events which would leave me lost. Thank goodness, it wasn’t. By the end of chapter one, everything had smoothed out, and I was totally on board. An underwater adventure. The setting wasn’t my typical read. However, Ms. Falls did a glacial job with the world building. It didn’t take long for my misgivings about the watery world setting to evaporate. I could almost picture a community under the sea. How I would love to visit a place like that, even if freaky things did happen to my brain because of it. The story was told entirely from Ty’s perspective, a teenage boy, living at the bottom of the ocean with his family. For the most part, I liked Ty. He was practical and water smart, yet still fallible. He also had a bit of child recklessness in him. Not the crazy risk-taking like he was a superhero, but rather the kind I remember as a child–it’s not too bad if I don’t get caught and my parents are overreacting about the dangers. Gemma was the supporting actress in Dark Life. The girl had quite a bit of spunk, which I loved. Where Ty was responsible, she was rash–100%. The only thing which gave her pause was occasional doses of fear. Even then, she wouldn’t let fear keep her from accomplishing her goals. I do have to say, my girl wasn’t the brightest crayon in the box and did her share of stupid thing, dragging Ty along for the ride. She was still a fun character though. Plot wise, we had two going–Gemma’s missing brother and saving the underwater ranches. Ms. Falls was awesome about weaving these two pieces together to form a big picture at the end. The only complaint I had is about the deep POV. As you all know if you keep up with my reviews, I hate being left in the dark when inside a character’s head. There was a lot of that going on when it came to the “Dark Gifts.” I knew Ty had one, as well as his sister, early in the novel. Yet the big reveal didn’t occur until after the halfway mark. On one hand, I could see why Ms. Falls wanted to keep the info as a surprise. On the other, not knowing what the main character knows kind of detracts from the POV, but that’s just me. Others may feel differently. For parents looking for a safe book for your tween or teenager, I’d recommend this one. It had romantic elements which were sweet, and age appropriate behavior for youngsters. I certainly plan on passing this one on to my 13-year-old. There was a bit of violence which drew a sympathy wince or two. Of course, I’m a baby about pain. Do I want more? You betcha! I’m looking forward to Rip Tide.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

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    Life has become grim in the futuristic world of debut author Kat Falls' novel, DARK LIFE. Climatic and tectonic shifts have caused sea levels to rise and continents to fall, leaving humans fighting for precious space in "stacked cities" of the skies, or submerging themselves in "dark life" on the ocean floor. Ty Townsend is one of those people. As part of the first generation born and raised farming his family's underwater plot , he dreams of reaching his eighteenth birthday in order to claim and farm his own hundred acres. Trouble is afoot, though, as the Benthic Territory and their supply ships are being raided and the settlers terrorized by a ruthless group of bandits. In response, the topside government, the Commonwealth of States, issues a "request" to the territory's inhabitants: help us capture the Seablite Gang and their mysterious leader, Shade. Just in case the threat posed by the bandits isn't enough, the Commonwealth provides three incentives: a halt on all supply shipments, reassignment of the territory's doctor, and no new homesteads until the gang is apprehended. Ty is determined to ensure the realization of his dream, but his love for exploring vast underwater canyons has also thrown him another complication in the form of teenage Topsider runaway, Gemma. While searching the outpost for her missing brother, the Seablite Gang's attacks intensify and hit closer to home than either Ty or Gemma ever could have imagined. It's not long before they realize their best chance for survival and success resides in each other. Despite a slow start, the characters soon plunge right into action. Ms. Falls has created an eerie, haunting world filled with mysterious creatures, nefarious villains, and two genuine protagonists, who are well-supported by a passel of quirky, intriguing secondary characters. Without a doubt, DARK FALLS will satisfy anyone with a dystopian future craving.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

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    A Pleasant Surprise: I'm not one to read books in first person P

    A Pleasant Surprise: I'm not one to read books in first person PoV when it's a male protagonist but I really enjoyed this book. The main character, Ty, is passionate about what he believes in and tries to do the right thing, whether his parents and the government believe in it or not. He made reading Dark Life very enjoyable.

    Post-Apocalyptic Goodness: I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic based novels. Whether it be zombies, world war three, or in this case a new underwater society, I'll read it. This was an interesting new take on the aftermaths of the apocalypse. Falls created a whole new world based around the land-living Topsiders and the underwater subsea society, filled with pioneers, outlaws, and a whole world yet to be discovered.

    Lovable Characters: Especially for YA/MG readers, the characters of the novel are easy to relate to. The main characters, Ty and Gemma, are both teens struggling with the same basic things that modern teens deal with. I love the almost innocent relationship between Ty and Gemma that develops over the course of the novel; the same goes Ty and his sister, Zoe's, relationship. I always felt like I was really part of the story, seeing it through Ty's eyes.

    Overall, I liked Dark Life and look forward to the next book in the series.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2011

    You should check it out!!!!!

    This is a very good mind catching book and I am lucky to have had this as a book I HAD to read because if not I woulndt have got to read it

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2010

    Good book

    The book dark life is a mostly book to read because the world which the book takes place in is very interesting world where people live under water and parts of some continents have collapsed in to oceans. I really liked the book but I didn't like some parts in the middle. The reason I didn't like some parts is because they were in my opinion slow and there was no action happening. This book spoke to me as a human being by sparking my curiosity, for example the types of transportation Ty and Gemma use to travel under the sea, like the super fast Jet-Fin or the small Mantaboard that really interested me. Over all this is a great book to read with a great main story and a story that leaves you guessing what will happen after every page

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