Dark Life (Dark Life Series #1)

Dark Life (Dark Life Series #1)

by Kat Falls
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Dark Life (Dark Life Series #1) by Kat Falls

A thrilling futuristic adventure set deep undersea which follows the settlers of the world's first subsea settlement

FORMAT: 6 Unabridged CDs NARRATOR: Keith Nobbs

Dark Life is set in the near future when global warming has caused the oceans to rise and reduced America to half its former size. 16-year-old Ty and his family live on an ocean floor homestead. When outlaws attack the pioneer settlement, Ty teams up with a girl from the "Topside" who's come sub-sea to search for her brother. Together they face dangerous sea creatures and venture into the frontier town's rough underworld to discover the secret behind the outlaws' eerie abilities called Dark Gifts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545207058
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Series: Dark Life Series , #1
Sales rank: 1,277,043
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 5.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kat Falls is the author of Dark Life and its sequel, 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. 80 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.
MontzieW 10 months ago
Dark Life (Dark Life #1) by Kat Falls is a futuristic book in which the world is so crowded that some folks live in the sea. They have settlements there complete with crops and everything. Weird but cool but not very believable. This story is about an orphan that runs away from a cruel orphanage and ends up meeting a guy who lives in the sea. He takes her down to show her his home. There is corrupt government, gang of trouble makers, and people after the girl. I liked the idea and the plot was good. Characters and dialogue was also well developed and seemed appropriate. The corrupt government seemed forced. The settlement didn't have enough science behind it to make it seem possible. Overall a fair read for teens. Didn't make me want to follow up on this series if there were more.
nguyenem More than 1 year ago
I never knew what living underwater was like until I read Dark Life by Kat Falls. This whole new setting carried me out to sea to swim with the dolphins and Ty. Like many novels, Dark Life takes place in the future, but that makes it all the more interesting. Sea levels have risen, swallowing half the world in water. I believe the plot is very realistic and believable. The descriptions of the Liquigen and the mantaboards were very plausible and something the readers can see in the future. Not only is the novel believable, but the characters are just so real. When Ty and Gemma first meet in the beginning, I was able to learn a lot about the two (Gemma being a Topsider and Ty being the first born child under the sea). Ty’s sister, Zoe, is just too adorable! She may look like an angel, but can be super gross! The characters are all so cute and fun and I’m sure you will fall in love with them. The storytelling was flawless. I wasn’t lost anywhere in the book and there is also plenty of imagery, so I was always be able to visualize anything.  Since this book is targeted for teens, I could understand everything that was going on and not get lost. I was always excited to see what “Dark gifts” the characters had and I kind of wish I had one of my own! Dark Life is really jammed with adventure and action. Underwater residents and outlaws fighting is not something we read every day. I think that this book could be read by anyone (5th grade and higher). The plot is so very original and there is a bit of a crush going on between the main characters ;) I love Kat Falls’ writing style and can’t wait to move on to the Dark Life’s sequel: Rip Tide.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was most likely the best book ive ever read. I could not stop reading it. Ive already got the second one I liked it so much. Definately a fivr star from me.
Stoven_Steelflex More than 1 year ago
In the future the oceans have risen, swallowing up large proportions of the world’s land. Under the water though, a group of pioneers survives in what they call Benthic Territory, supplying the topsiders with the food they need to feed the thousands in cities where you live in an apartment with only miniscule living space. This book is full of adventure, discovery, and twists that I’m sure anybody with a heart for adventure will enjoy. A band of outlaws is terrorizing Benthic territory, and this endangers the dream of the main character, a teenager named Ty who only wishes to have his own homestead embarks on the task of catching these outlaws, whilst helping a topsider named Gemma look for her brother, who turned up missing four years ago. Encountering danger around nearly every corner, they eventually find out something that changes everything.This book is a great mix of suspense, combat, and adventure with a well-written plot and an agreeable ending. With a quiet atmosphere surrounding the world of this book, it leaves you wondering what’ll happen next. Overall, quite a good read.In conclusion, only being 8.99 USD and a story based on achieving your dream, it is more than what it’s worth in the plot and the creativity of Kat Falls. This book just leaves wanting more from the world of Dark Life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had to read this for my sixth grade book club a month ago. I love it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. Especilly close to chapter five