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Rip Tide (Dark Life #2)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  2,352 ratings  ·  305 reviews
The sequel to the acclaimed subsea adventure DARK LIFE.
Ty has always known that the ocean is a dangerous place. Every time he swims beyond the borders of his family's subsea farm, he's prepared to face all manner of aquatic predators-sharks, squid, killer whales . . .
What Ty isn't prepared to find in the deep is an entire township chained to a sunken submarine, its inhab...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
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I loved Dark Life so I was super excited about this sequel. It didn't deliver quite the same enjoyment as the first. The basic story is Ty's parent's get kidnapped during the sale of some of their crops. Ty and Gemma search desperately to find them. [return][return]I was trying to put my finger on why I didn't enjoy this story as much. This is what I came up with. A large part of the story is set above the water so it is lacking that underwater atmosphere that made DL feel so different. Ty is fr...more
Rip Tide, is a sequel in best Hollywood tradition, giving us more of everything, yet feeling like a little less than the first part; and although I can still easily recommend the book I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did reading Dark Life.

Two reasons come spontaneously to mind why I had a harder time with Kat’s world this time around:
For one there’s the fact that Ty and Gemma at the start of the novel stand again at the very beginning of their romance, after Dark Life dedicated so much time in the...more
Dark Life by Kat Falls, was one of my surprise reads of last year, I won it in a giveaway from and had heard mostly good, but still mixed things about it. So, I went in not really knowing what to expect, and it ended up being one of my favourite books of the year. It wasn't spectacular or perfect, but there was something about it that It really enjoyed. So I was always going to grab this sequel as soon as I could!

I was initially concerned with this one. Without giving too much away, something ha...more
Ally Frost
Rip tide is a sequel to the book Dark Life that I read in 8th grade. I loved Dark Life so I thought this would be really good. Rip tide is when Ty's parents are kidnapped and Ty and Gemma try to find them. When they are looking they seek help from Gemma's older brother, Shade who is an outlaw. They end up thinking that Ty's parents are dead but end up finding them and everyone goes home happy. The adventure to find his parents includes; a bull shark, giant crocodile, escaping from jail, and figh...more
"Ein neues Abenteuer mit Ty und Gemma!"

Ty und Gemma sind gemeinsam im Meer unterwegs, als sie auf ein Townships am Meeresgrund stoßen, das am Grund verankert und dessen Luken mit Ketten verhangen wurden. Schnell wird Ty klar, dass es keinen Überlebenden mehr an Bort des Township gibt. Doch diese schreckliche Entdeckung ist nur der Anfang von einer Reihe von Geschehnissen, denn plötzlich werden Tys Eltern entführt und es scheint an ihm und Gemma, seine Eltern wiederzufinden …

Story 4/5
Sierra Abrams

Ty doesn't want Gemma to leave. She lived at his house, with his family, for three months, but more than one accident in the water convinced her she needed to leave. But now, after the Seaguard kicked her out of the Trade Station, Gemma wants to find her brother and live with him and the gang. Ty is quite uncomfortable with this.
But when Ma and Pa are kidnapped by a town of Surfs, everything changes. If Ty and Gemma can find out where the Township Sachem is, th...more
A great sequel with continued adventure and seeing much more of Ty's world--above and below the world. I still found my attention riveted because of this ocean setting. I really liked seeing how people overcame prejudices and misconceptions. I enjoyed seeing through Ty's eyes as he learned to see beyond his small boundaried life (ironically in the ocean!). I was sad to see Shade force Gemma to make a choice, but was very happy with the choice she made.

I didn't mind the romantic element in the b...more
Dark Life was one of last year’s reading highlights for me so I’ve been dying to read Rip Tide ever since it was announced.

I have to admit that it didn't quite live up to its predecessor even though all of the elements I loved first time around were there. I can’t quite pinpoint what it was that didn't set off the fireworks this time. There was still the stunningly vivid imagery of Ty’s underwater world that blew me away, especially when it came to the terrifying action scenes with the horrific...more
Stephanie Jewett
This second book in the series was as much fun as the first- Ty and Gemma find a sunken "town ship" and all of its inhabitants are dead inside. Further investigations show that the engines have been disabled and the hatches chained shut- from the outside. But who would have done such a terrible thing? And what does it have to do with the kidnapping of Ty's parents?
Lots of action, humor, and a little romance, and more of the Seablite gang (which is a good thing).
There is an environmental message...more
Woo Hoo! I love it when a sequel does not disappoint! I gave this book 5 stars for several reasons. The biggest reason is because this is a great sci-fi book for teens and even some pre-teens. Ty and Gemma continue their deep sea adventures in this sequel to "Dark Life", or atleast they try to. Gemma has developed a phobia about living in the deep sea and has gone to live topside, a development in the story that is distressing to Ty. He thinks he may be a contributing factor to her sudden fear o...more
Ages 10 and up. Sequel to Dark Life. In a future world, Ty's parents, undersea settlers, have made an agreement to sell their harvest to the surfs, the "surfeit population" who live in townships (undersea low-income housing vessels). But Ty discovers a township that was chained shut and sunk, killing everyone aboard, and now Ty's parents have been abducted, supposedly by the township they had planned to sell their harvest to. As Ty and his friend Gemma try to find Ty's parents, they are drawn in...more
I've really enjoyed the two books in this series. I don't know if the author is going to do another one but I wish she would. This is an interesting world she's created, and I like how her plots go to places where you might not expect. It would be great to see these books turned into movies.
Nick Van Lyssel
I thought that it was a very good book, but started out slow and took a while to get into some interesting action. I thought that Ty would have something done to him at first when he went to Rip Tide. I also thought that Mayor Fife would know where Drift is at during that time. I did not expect the township called Drift to kidnap his parents.

I liked Ty's personality because he would not stop until he got his parents back. He went to Rip Tide only to see the mayor to see if he had any information...more
Rip Tide is the second book in Kat Falls’ Dark Life series. This sci-fi/dystopian YA novel is set in a world made up of land-dwellers, ocean-dwellers, and uncivilized "barbaric" people who are suspicious of everyone else. The division of people adds an interesting quality to the book and seems to comment on how we as humans fear and thereby cause conflict with people who are different from us. The book is accessible to both male and female readers and is full of suspense, excitement, and dangers...more
Rick Fisher
Excellent follow up to Dark Life. Very enjoyable series. This is a step above due to it be less predictable.
There was more political intrigue and interpersonal drama than I wanted from this sort of story. A lot of the action happened suddenly, which meant I was often saying to my son, 'What just happened'. A character's death would be referenced and I couldn't remember when or how it happened. There were also some loose ends in terms of character motivation towards the end. I found myself asking 'why would they do that' or 'why was that necessary' quite a lot towards the end. I would recommend it with...more
Leanne Bell
I was a bit worried about reading this because it had been so long since I'd read Dark Life and I was sure I'd have forgotten everything.
I needn't had worried. Dark Life's world was so unique and mesmerising it was like riding a bike and it all came back to me really easily.

Rip Tide picks up a little while after the end of Dark Life. Gemma is living at the trade station because she can't bear to be underwater too much because it makes her panic. Ty's family are negotiating trade relations with t...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
After recently reading Dark Life, the first book in this series by Kat Falls, I was really looking forward to reading Rip Tide. I love the whole concept of these dypstopian books, set under the water as people are forced to pioneer a new life when the land begins disappearing and water rises.

Honestly, I'd be scared to death to live underwater! Maybe that's what makes these books so fascinating to me. A lot more of this book takes place on land though and deals with the rough and shady character...more
Rip Tide is the sequel to Dark Life, which I really enjoyed reading this summer. I was disappointed through the first third or so of Rip Tide because it wasn't living up to the standard Dark Life had set, but fear not--the book gets better as it goes on.

Rip Tide is just as action-packed as its predecessor. Dark Life begins with a shark attack in paragraph two. Rip Tide shows a bit of restraint and waits all the way until page four or five before setting a squid on us. While the first book someti...more
Earlier this year I read the first in this series, Dark Life, and was blown away by it. RIP TIDE picks up the story a few months later and author, Kat Falls, has not let the pace drop one iota, it is just as good as the first.

Gemma only managed to last living under the sea for three months after Ty and his family took her in. She started to suffer from crippling panic attacks where she just curled up into a ball unable to move. She now sleeps in a tiny cupboard like cabin on the floating Trade...more
Ty's parents are kidnapped and it is up to him and Gemma to find them. They journey to the land of the Surfs - people who live on floating houses in the ocean. They are generally known to be uncouth and rude and absolutely opposed to Settlers. Ty and Gemma find themselves in a battle against politics, the Seaguard, and bandits.

This book was not as good as the first one, but I still loved it. I was a little confused at the beginning understanding the Surfs and their relationship to the rest of t...more
Jun 02, 2012 Damali rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: scifi lovers! Get the audiobook!
The dystopian world Kat Falls creates is both beautiful and tragic. Most of the world as we know it is gone, and what’s left is severely overpopulated. This is very much a world of Have-nots and Have-nots.

Along with the Settlers on the seafloor that was described in book 1, there’s also what’s called Townships – entire towns that, when deflated, can fit in the palm of a hand – that float on the water. Townships are the third-worlders of this world, only allowed to fish in designated areas, and h...more
Laura Graves
Review posted 11/15/2011 at EARphoria.

I almost forgot how much I loved this world in the past year. The characters are all great, but I really think it’s the world around them that draws the reader in. Kat Falls does such a wonderful job describing sub-sea life. I’m not sure if there will be more because this one felt pretty resolved. Things with the government aren’t ideal, but when are they ever? Either way, I would love to see more of this world and these characters.

I think what makes these...more
Jennifer Lavoie
Ooooh boy. I really hope there is a sequel to this book. The series is just too good to let go of! And it really leaves a lot of questions at the end, mostly concerning the Seablite gang. Readers finally get to see what Pretty's Dark Gift is, but what about Eel and the others? And Gemma is starting to develop one of her own, but will it continue? Will it bother her or develop into something wonderful?

I loved the characters in this book, both new and old. It had twists and turns I couldn't predi...more
Rip Tide by Kat Falls is the sequel to Dark Life. Dark Life follows Ty who lives on the ocean floor. When he meets a topsider (someone who lives on the surface) named Gemma together they must save the underground settlements from being destroyed by outlaws.

Rip Tide puts Ty and Gemma back together as they try to find their parents who were kidnapped after trying to sell their crops. The pair are soon enveloped into the politics and class distinctions that are a reality for the ocean residents wh...more
Kat Falls’ RIP TIDE (Dark Life #2)is a good book, a different feel then its predecessor and not quite as favorable, as so few sequels are; but a solid enjoyable read none the less.

The story opens with Ty and Gamma discovering what morbidly (but most accurately) could be referred to as a floating grave. Someone has chained a township to a sunken wreckage buried deep in the middle of the trash gyre; dooming the hundreds of surfs who inhibited the vessel to an unthinkable end. Now the question is...more
I absolutely loved the first entry in this scifi series, so I was excited to see the sequel available on Audible. It’s still an exciting adventure and interesting world but not quite as tightly and expertly constructed as last time.

Whereas Ty’s voice worked perfectly in the first book, in this one he reads a bit young. He went through a lot in the first entry, he should have presumably matured a bit more than he has. Similarly, Gemma hasn’t developed much since the first book either. I think the...more
Rip Tide is the second in this young adult SciFi story and the imagination of Kat Falls is fantastic. I love the deep sea setting and the the different elements of society after the Rising--the rising of the oceans and the subsequent loss of land, the disaster government that won't relinquish control, the strong burning sunlight from thinning ozone layers, and--most interesting of all--life in the deep sea. This second book didn't go anywhere I thought it might have after reading the first and i...more
Falls certainly amps up the action in Rip Tide, taking fans of the first installment of her underwater dystopian world on an even wilder ride than in Dark Life. This time around, Ty reluctantly teams up with the Shade and the rest of the outlaws on the Spector when his parents are kidnapped and the authorities seem to have other priorities. Meanwhile, Gemma is terrified of diving and has been staying topside since she has a nervous breakdown every time she's in the water. Add in no-holds-barred...more
Amber (Books of Amber)
Shade is still my favourite character. Wish we could have seen more of him.


So some of you may recall that when I read Dark Life last year, I absolutely fell in love with it. It is classed as a Middle Grade novel, however I think it can beenjoyed by everyone. If you haven't read Dark Life then I don't suggest reading this review as it may spoil you. I do suggest, however, that you go and pick up Dark Life right now because I ADORE it.

Rip Tide takes place a couple of months after Dark Life en...more
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Kat Falls lives in Evanston, IL with her husband, theater director Robert Falls, their three children, and a whole slew of pets. She grew up in Silver Spring, MD, attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an undergrad, and went on to receive an MFA from Northwestern University, where she now teaches.

Kat is the author of the middle-grade science fiction novels, Dark Life and Rip Tide, which she...more
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