Dark Life (Dark Life Series #1)

Dark Life (Dark Life Series #1)

by Kat Falls


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The oceans rose, swallowing 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. When outlaws attack his homestead, he finds himself in a fight to save the only home he has ever known. Joined by Gemma, a girl from Topside, Ty ventures into the frontier's rough underworld and discovers some dark secrets to Dark Life. Secrets that threaten to destroy everything.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545178150
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Series: Dark Life Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 109,073
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kat Falls is the author of Inhuman, Dark Life, and Rip Tide. A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, she holds an MFA in screenwriting from Northwestern University, where she now teaches. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three children.

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Dark Life (Dark Life Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
JessiR More than 1 year ago
Because of the sea rising, people are packed into cities on what remains of the land. Ty and his family are settlers who live on the ocean floor where they have a farm. When a school of carnivorous fish chases Ty onto a submarine, he meets a "Topsoiler" girl named Gemma who is looking for her brother. Before they can even leave the sub, they have a run-in with a band of outlaws called the Seablite gang. With the threat of the outlaws hanging over them, Ty's parents start to think about moving out of the ocean, leaving everything Ty loves. When I picked up this book, I didn't expect it to be very good. For one thing, I've read a few books that were pretty preachy about global warming. I had also read another book about the oceans rising and it hadn't been very good. When I started reading Dark Life, it didn't take me long to realize I'd been wrong. The way the author described the ocean made me want to go to the ocean and dive in. Zoe, Ty's little sister, was so realistic it seemed like she was going to jump out of the book. I could easily relate to Ty, who, like me, likes wide-open spaces rather than cities. I appreciated the fact that the author kept the book pretty clean and didn't bog it down with lots of bad language like some young adult books I've read. Overall, it was a great book for all ages and there was a cool twist that made the ending really good.
ReenaJacobs More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is awsome and it grabs the readers attention in the first chapter and they littery got me to read more and it has all these secrets and mysteries that come from Ty and Gemmas adventures witch really had me saying... Ockward? Thats wat made me read the book more because every chapter there is a new secret and thats wat readers want in their books. In every great book theres a great mystery or secret to be found or anwsered. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dark life is an awesome book about a sub sea pioneer named Ty. I recommend this book to antyone who has a craving for some adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. This book stole me from life for 2 days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It a great science fiction book for teens and its cool how it took place under the water. It was a very good book!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I work in a High School library and have had rave reviews on both Dark Life and Rip Tide from the students. I have had students searching for more of her books or readalikes with no luck. We will be sure to order the next book available by her.  They are very complex, contain romance, sci-fi, western adventure.They capture your interest from start to finish.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent book and not inapropriate at all i am 12 years old and i trying to find books that aren't inapropriate which is hard since alot these books are. Hey B&N can you guys put in more apropriate books please ilove reading but not inapropriate books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book needs to be longer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept my attention even on the slowest parts. Every chapter something excited happen, i could not put my nook down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A setting that literally glows with suspense, danger, eerie beauty, and glorious wonder !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very nice mix of action, adventure, and romance! Hiley recommended read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have only gotten half way through and its awesome i usually dont read be cause it cant keep my attention but this one does get ot its AWESOME SAUCE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing sci fiction book. Could not put it down until i was done Lina Stei
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really mysteryis you dont even know whats going tohappen next
Aeranthae More than 1 year ago
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.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this dystopia for the younger set, a settlement is started under to farm on the ocean floor. Ty and his family are among the founders of the community, which is living in fear of the Seablite Gang. When Gemma shows up from topside looking for her missing brother, Ty and Gemma become partners in adventure. While it was a bit slow at the start, the book picked up the past and included many twists and turns. There are undersea pirates, rumors of dark gifts, and lots of action. The doctor's character surprised me. I think this will prove a popular Caudill choice.
Joles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Much of the world has crumbled into the ocean and a small group of people have taken up residence there. Strange things are said to happen to those that spend too much time under the sea. They call this phenomenon "Dark Life".While the focus of the book isn't so much the Dark Life itself as an action-packed search for a gang of submarine riding outlaws; it definitely has potential. Some of our characters happen to be Dark Life. (I don't want to spoil it for you about which ones.) They use their earned traits to help solve the mystery.I'm hoping for a sequel.
Kayla-Marie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I fell in love with the world that Falls created--I've always wondered what it would be like to live under the sea. Her descriptions of subsea life were very detailed. I loved reading about the jellyfish-shaped homes and the various underwater activities/hobbies that the settlers did. It sounded like a place I would love to live at.Ty was a great narrator. For some reason, I had been under the impression that he was twelve (maybe from reading a typo in a review?), and I was a little apprehensive about that because I don't usually read books narrated by someone that young. Needless to say, I was relieved to learn that he was actually a quite mature fifteen-year-old. Right away he meets up with a fifteen-year-old girl named Gemma who came from the Topside (what they call the tiny space of land left after much of earth fell into the sea) who was searching a deserted sub for her brother. A friendship immediately grew between them and they went through a number of adventures while searching for her brother and avoiding the Seablite gang (a group of outlaws that rob government ships, and lately, subsea settlers' homes). The novel was very action-packed and I loved every minute of it. Also, there was a surprising twist at the end that blew me away. I especially liked learning about the Dark Gifts. I won't spoil that part for you, but I'll just say that this first book is a very promising start to an interesting series. I'm really looking forward to the second book.*Recieved my copy for review
BratGirlC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ty Townson, the first child born underwater meets a "topsider", a girl from the surface. Ty lives in a settlement under the water, his parents helped engineer the city, and as a result, he's the oldest child in the settlement. Unfortunately, his settlement is now under attack from outlaws, and the Commonwealth has washed it's hands of the settlement. It's up to Ty, Gemma the topsider, and the other pioneers to save the day.
mamzel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Global warming has caused sea levels to rise causing crowded living conditions. Some pioneers have moved to the ocean bottom to live and raise crops of seaweed and fish to feed the surface population. Ty lives in one such settlement with his parents and younger sister. It is an interesting life style to say the least. Intriguing scientific advances such as Liquigen to breathe underwater make it possible to work in this environment. The comparison of their living quarters with the ones topside make this life seem preferable even though highly risky and dangerous.Reading this book made me think of the movie The Abyss with the moon pools and propulsion gadgets. I also had a bit of the feeling one might have of the darkness and pressure always present, not entirely comfortable for me. A very good science fiction adventure.
AbundanceofBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Due to global warming causing the land to flood and the eastern seaboard to sink into the ocean, there's not enough land for people to live on and barely enough to grow food. In an attempt to solve the food and energy shortages, the Commonwealth government allowed settlers to move under the ocean, to own their own land, as long as they harvested kelp and fish and maintained the energy resources for those who live topside. Engineers and scientist jumped on the chance to create underwater homesteads and develop farming practices that would help feed people. Many of these scientists also became some of the first underwater settlers of the Benthic Territory. The promise of having your own home and a hundred acres after two years of working the land draws many more people looking to make a new life. Despite the fact that many of the settlers are some of the best minds in their fields and provide them with food, Topsiders believe it unnatural not to live on land. They call the Benthic Territory settlers "Dark Life" a reference to bacteria that the settlers find insulting. Then throw in the fact that lack of sun exposure makes them very pale and eating lots of bioluminescent fish give them a slight glow, and the settlers seem even less than a part of Commonwealth society.Ty was the first child born under the sea, and of the 22 children in the territory, he's the only teenager. His discovery of Gemma (a teenage topsider) gives him the first opportunity to socialize with someone his own age. Gemma is looking for her brother who is living in the territory, but nobody seems to know him. Gemma is amazed by life under the ocean, all of the space available, and the fact that settlers actually know who each other are. She's also quite intrigued by the stories of Dark Gifts. According to some doctors, a child born in the territory had his brain altered by the constant pressure and he developed sonar (like a dolphin). Ty is very uncomfortable with Gemma's constant questions about Dark Gifts, mostly because it's used as an excuse by Topsiders to ostracize settlers' children.While helping Gemma find her brother, problems with the local Seablite Gang. Instead of sticking to raiding government supply ships, they've started attacking homesteads, cutting off power causing the homes to sink and valuable livestock to be lost. The local ranger hates being stationed in the territory and all the people that live there, and never leaves the docking ring above the ocean. The Commonwealth decides that the settlers must bring in the outlaws, dead or alive. If they don't, the government will cut all supplies to the territory: no liquagen, no medical, farm, or mechanical supplies. The settlers are desperate to save their homes, Ty is hates the idea of living topside and doesn't want to lose his chance to homestead, and Gemma's search starts to reveal some terrible secrets the government wants hidden.There was a lot of world building and explanations required to describe the life of an underwater homesteader, and Falls' wove this seamlessly into her story. The book had a nice pace, no clunky explanations, and some great characters. Ty is such a sweet character. He's the only boy his age and doesn't realize that Topsiders stare at him because he's apparently very handsome, he thinks it's just one more example of them not liking homesteaders. Gemma confuses him, a brash girl who's life has been a polar opposite of Ty's, she's the only girl his age and very pretty. Ty has the emotions that he can't even identify because they're so new, but he handles them, and the dangers they face because of the outlaws, with a level head, bravery, and a bit of grace. Underwater life, from how the homes are built, to how the livestock of fish are cared for are wonderfully explained in an easy to follow manner. What really stuck out was the fact that Ty would use underwater references to describe a smile, butterflies in his stomach, or the color of someone's eyes. At first a stoma
RefPenny on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In a future world where space on land is at a premium, Ty has lived all his life on the bottom of the sea. His family are pioneers who farm the sea floor but the Sea Blight gang are making life difficult and people who live `topside¿ are suspicious of those they call `Dark Life¿. Ty meets up with Gemma, a girl from topside who is looking for her brother and they soon find themselves in trouble.There is plenty of adventure in this book and the background details of the underwater life are fascinating. It would suit readers 12 and up.