Dark Life by Kat FallsDark Life by Kat Falls

Dark Life

byKat Falls

Paperback | February 1, 2011

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The oceans rose, swollowing the lowlands. Earthquakes shattered the continents, toppling entire region 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 onyl 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.

KAT FALLS is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and holds an MFA in screenwriting from Northwestern Univeristy, where she now teachers. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three children.
Title:Dark LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.61 × 5.27 × 0.73 inPublished:February 1, 2011Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545178150

ISBN - 13:9780545178150

Appropriate for ages: 8


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This book has this amazing futuristic concept in a world with global warming and it is absolutely amazing. I would 100% recommend
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a thrill! Loved this book from beginning to end! The concept is amazing, and with Kat Fall's characters make this read impossible to ever stop reading. Passed on this book to my brother whom is not a big fan of reading, but once he started... he was hooked!
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The world and characters in this book are awesome. It's almost constantly intense, which could be good or bad depending on your own taste. It also has some pretty cool twists at the end.
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book I just couldn't put this book down!
Date published: 2013-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark Life Amazing book, and intense jut at the right times! Recommend this book to anybody.
Date published: 2013-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark Life this book is wonderful!! you actually get lost in the deep blue with Gemma and Ty!!!! the way Kat Falls goes into depth about the benthic territory blows your mind away not only do you want to see many sea life for real but you will want to read the next book if you have finished the first! it has a sharp sense of adventure and mystery and you just put all that into a book and you have got your self a keeper! in one word AMAZING!!!!
Date published: 2012-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark Life 1. When i first saw the book i didn't think it was that good but after reading the book i was amazed how much i liked it and because of the front cover i thought it was about sea creatures. I didn't addored it but after my mind changed completely. 2. The book is basically about this kid named Ty who is in the struggle to save his only home underwater after when most of the earth is covered in water by these basically gang members that are trieng to ruin Ty's life but on the way he meets this girl named Gemma from from the topsidewho is trieng to find his brother. All of this book is based on Science fiction. 3. I liked this book for manlly two reason and they are because even though the first part is slow as you read it, it gets gradually more intense which makes you want to read it more. Secon, because its Science fiction which is not real but preety cool thing to read about and you don't know whats going to happen next. 4. I recommend this book to readers who likes Sci-Fi and a bit of Drama and for the people who doesnt like this type of Genre i wouldn't bother to read it but if you liked to give it a try then you should. 5. I would give this book 4.5 out of 5 being because even though I said this a lot it's very intense as you read the book. 6. Ty and Gemma and couple of his friends and family are trieng to defend there house from the gang memmbers who they called themselfs the outlaws and they figure out deep dark secrets that might change his only home completely upside down.
Date published: 2012-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing, intense, fast-paced read! Ty is a fifteen-year-old boy, born and raised in in Benthic Territory, an underwater region in the future. When Ty meets Gemma, a girl from the mainland, and his homestead is attacked by outlaws, secrets are brought to light, secrets that will transform his world. After reading the first few paragraphs of this book, I was immediately captured by the interesting setting and action-packed pages. The plot was well woven together, with twists and turns to keeping me on my toes and anxious to see what would happen next. Kat Falls beautifully illustrates a mysterious underwater world so vividly, you can almost see it in front of you. I can assure you if you read this gem, you will never find a dull moment, and the pages will seem like they're turning themselves! I recommend this novel to middle school kids and teenagers. If you don't read this book, you are truly missing out. This is a novel definitively worth reading!
Date published: 2012-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An adventurous search with unknown secrets of the sea! A boy named Ty lives in a subsea world called the Benthic Territory. One day, he meets a girl named Gemma who came from the Topside to look for her brother. Ty agrees to help her look for her brother and during their search, they reveal deep dark secrets that might change everything. The mysterious and adventurous atmosphere lured me into reading this novel. This novel was extremely fun to read as its plot intertwined within itself yet still made sense. I really admire this book because it kept throwing new events and turns at me while I was reading it. The subsea setting was also very mind-opening and interesting. I definitely recommend this novel, especially for teenagers. If you don't read this book, you'll be missing out!
Date published: 2012-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You can't stop reading! - Dark Life Ty was born and raised under the sea. It was just perfect until the outlaws had attacked Ty’s family and homestead. He meets with a Topsider named, Gemma who came down to find her brother. This thrilling adventure under the sea takes place at Benthic Territory, under water homestead I just couldn’t stop reading this book because it was so intense and interesting. Every chapter it would have a problem. I remember in one of the chapter, the outlaws attack Ty’s neighbor’s homestead. It was very intense, and well described. This book didn’t have a lot of parts that was boring. In some books there are some parts that are boring so people stop reading. However, it was very interesting in every chapter, and it attracts your attention. I really enjoyed reading this book. You’ll regret if you don’t. I highly recommend you to read this book!
Date published: 2012-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A surprise fave Originally posted at http://lavenderlines.wordpress.com What an amazing world Falls has created! It boggles my mind when I read a book like Dark Life that takes place in a completely different world than the one I live in. Sure, this is a post-apocalyptic dystopian, so technically it takes place in our world, but since most of it takes place underwater and includes pretty cool things like Liquigen (used to breath under water) and houses that look like jellyfish, I have plenty to be in awe of. This was an action-packed book that I think boys will love. Girls will love it, too, but I think the constant action and danger Ty faces will appeal to male readers. But, yeah, this female reader was completely taken with the story Falls weaves in Dark Life. Or rather, I should say stories. Because despite the non-stop action this book was heavy on plot. I was constantly taken by surprise at the twists and turns and just when I thought I knew what was going on, Falls would throw something at me that I totally didn't see coming. This was a surprise favorite for sure. While I could tell I was going to like it, I had no idea just how much I was going to get pulled into the book and how much I was going to end up loving it. And as soon as I finished it I shoved it at the hubs, announcing. "You MUST read this!" Well, my bookish friends, I'm now shoving Dark Life at you.
Date published: 2011-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Outlaws Threaten Life on Experimental Sea Colony Reason for Reading: I've read a couple of other books about permanent settlements on the sea floor and find the concept quite interesting. It is the future and an experimental colony on the sea bottom is flourishing. Ty was the first child born sub-sea and it's the only life he knows. When Gemma comes from Topside looking for her brother she joins him in a journey to safe the colony from a force that seems to be out to get the pioneers. A band of Outlaws are attacking pioneer homes, killing their livestock, invading their homes and deflating them, plus Ty and Gemma have evidence they might have killed someone. Things are taken to such a point that Ty and other sub-sea children must reveal a dark secret they have been keeping. This was a fun read. I read the book in a day and carried it with me everywhere. The descriptions of underwater life sound plausible to this layman. The way the community is set up is very intriguing and makes one want to visit such a place. I've always thought that underwater living would make a much more sensible next step than colonization of another planet. Ty has a whole family who play a part in the book's plot but Gemma is the one who brings the popular orphan theme into play. I found Ty to be a bit of a whiner, disrespectful to his parents and authority so I never particularly liked him but, nevertheless, the book did have an easy to read, pleasant narrative with a sense of humour. The plot becomes quite involved as we have Ty and Gemma searching for the Outlaws, the Outlaws running amok with the pioneers and the government eventually gets involved leaving the colonists in a worse situation than before. Be prepared as the secrets are revealed make this a compelling read.
Date published: 2010-07-23

Read from the Book

From Dark Life:I peered into the deep sea canyon, hoping to spot a toppled skyscraper. Maybe even the statue of Liberty. But there was no sign of the old east coast, just a sheer drop into darkness.A ball of light shot past me- a vampire squid, trailing neon blue. The glowing ink swirled around my helmet. Careful not to break it up, I drifted onto my knees, mesmerized But my trance was cut short by a series of green sparks bursting out of the gorge. I fell back, every muscle in my body tense. Only one fish glittered like an emerald and travelled in a pack: the green lantern shark. Twelve inches long and deadly as piranhas, they could rip apart something twenty times their size. Forget what they could do to a human.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Dark LifeAn Al Roker Book Club Selection"The exotic setting and well-conceived details about undersea living, along with likable characters and a minor surprise at the end, will keep readers turning the pages." -booklist"This caper features a slew of Western standards... and a few plot twists keep the tension high. A thrilling conversion of the classics to one of our newer frontiers." -Kirkus Reviews"There's no denying the nifty premise, solid characterization, and tense moments that contribute to a cinematic reading experience." -Publishers Weekly"Based on the young ages of the characters, this book will appeal to midle grade readers, who will enjoy the novel's mystery and suspense. It is a definite must-read for SF fans." -Voice of Youth Advocates"A can't-stop-reading adventure that, hopefully, will have a sequel." -Baltimore's Child