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Rip Tide (Dark Life #2)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  3,553 Ratings  ·  378 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 inhabit
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
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Jan 20, 2015 Espe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le tenía muchas ganas porque el primer libro me encanto; he de decir que aunque sigue manteniendo la magia que creó la autora en el anterior, con un mundo submarino lleno de riquezas, belleza y peligros en esta ocasión no ha terminado de convencerme la trama y de me ha hecho más lento. No es malo pero esperaba más y aunque sigue siendo original y tiene más acción me ha resultado menos innovador.

La autora tiene una pluma exquisita que te transporta a donde vayan los protagonistas, es directa, pre
Nov 29, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
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
Sep 29, 2016 Alyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 18, 2010 Gerd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 08, 2011 Bart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Grant Stone
This book was amazing! It really added on to the story of the first book perfectly adding even ore mystery, action and adventure. Hopefully Kat Falls, the author, will write a third book to this series.

Rip Tide isn't like all of the other books. It is its own genre mixing in the future, action/adventure, and even some romance and mystery all in one story. Rip Tide takes place mostly under the sea in the ocean. It depicts on the worlds future with global warming and natural disasters nearly dest
"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
Aug 09, 2010 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Ally Frost
Jun 04, 2014 Ally Frost rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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).
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Aug 15, 2011 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Moises C
Jan 20, 2015 Moises C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade/interest level: Middle School
Reading level: 780L
Genre: Science Fiction
Main Characters:Tai and Gemma
Setting: Riptide, The Ocean
POV: 1st person

Tai's parents got kidnapped and it's up to Tai and Gemma to save them. Tai go's to riptide to find his parents but meets up with a lot of trouble their. While Tai was at riptide their were many people their that looked like they fought something deadly and a guy named Ratter really didn't like Tai. Tai is close to his parents but got betrayed. On thei
Jan 19, 2012 Dona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
I was actually much more impressed with this book than with Dark Life. I appreciated the main themes in the first book, but this one added so many layers and really rounded out the story's world for me. Plus, the topics of privilege, poverty, and a corrupt and negligent government are always relevant, especially now, considering the current sociopolitical climate. An excellent and timely pair of novels, Ms. Falls. :)
Becca Wagner
Oct 20, 2015 Becca Wagner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 03, 2014 Vir rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un 3,5 en realidad

Aguas turbulentas ha sido una lectura que, aunque no me ha llenado tanto como su predecesor, sí que he disfrutado mucho. Una novela original, con una ambientación maravillosa, una trama que atrapa y personajes geniales. ¿Qué más se puede pedir? Pues eso, ¡a leer se ha dicho!

Ani ♥
Jan 09, 2015 Ani ♥ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3'5 en realidad

Aguas Turbulentas al igual que su predecesora es una historia de aventuras divertida y atrayente en un futuro que no se aleja demasiado a lo que podría parecer en la realidad, y que es tratado por la autora de una forma maravillosa y cuidada que te adentra con sus descripciones en esta nueva perspectiva de nuestro mundo.

Allyson Tuggle
Meh. It was a disappointing sequel but overall a decent read. It was fast paced like the first but this one felt a bit to rushed. I think there is still a couple of things to happen with this series so, maybe there will be another?
Jun 13, 2014 Cyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rick Fisher
Sep 17, 2012 Rick Fisher rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, y-a
Excellent follow up to Dark Life. Very enjoyable series. This is a step above due to it be less predictable.
So it only took me, er, 5 years to read this book! Not because it's hard to read or boring, but because I kept putting off reading this sequel because I've had to re-read the first book Dark Life many times when using it for various teen book discussions or Battle of the Books events or Reading and Writing Festivals, and with book discussions especially, I'd rather not have read the sequel before all the teens have read it. That way I am not tempted to spoil it for them, and it helps me keep the ...more
Jan 21, 2017 Lindsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent, 3.5 stars.

The main character didn't grow very much in the second book or the first, but still an interesting universe.
Matthew Bradford
Sep 29, 2016 Matthew Bradford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rip Tide ( Dark Life) was created by Kat Falls this story is about Ty and his friend Gemma after what happened in the first book. Ty and Gemma go to a trash gyre to drop a wagon of crops and while here they find a broken township and decide to bring it to the trade outpost and after this Ty's parents go to see the surfs and negotiate a trade deal with them but in the process they are captured and Ty and Gemma need to go to the Rip Tide to get information on where to find Ty's parents. In my opi ...more
Nick Podzimek12
i did not finish the book
Darren Hartwell
In 2010 I posted a review of Dark Life by Kat Falls. I loved that book and said at the time that I would be very disappointed if it didn't turn out to be the first book in a series, and I am glad to say that thanks to Kat Falls and Simon and Schuster I have been spared that feeling of disappointment, and even more so because its sequel, Rip Tide, it is just as good as its predecessor.

After the events of Dark Life Gemma managed to mere three months living with Ty and her new adopted family before
Aman Parikh
Sep 29, 2016 Aman Parikh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, this book was interesting, partly because it was a new genre than I haven't dabbled in before, and also because I've read books similar to it, but not the same. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes sci-fi or futuristic books, as this book is set in the future. It has an action filled plot line, as well as some mystery thriller, so I think many people would like this book. I liked how the author told the story, since most of the books in this genre have female perspectives, or ...more
Becky B
Dec 02, 2013 Becky B rated it really liked it
Ty's parents are preparing for their first independent sale of crops with a surf township, but they are taking no chances, so Ty and Gemma are hiding the wagon of seaweed in a place no one goes, the vortex. It's where half of the ocean's rubbish has come to rest, so who'll notice one more wagon. But in the process, Ty and Gemma come across a eery sight, a township chained from the outside full of frozen people. Ty and Gemma quickly return to the Trade Station and alert the Seaguard. It turns out ...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
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