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Rip Tide (Dark Life #2)

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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
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
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
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
Moises C
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
"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
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
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
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
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. :)
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.
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!

I immediately drove to the library (for the second time that day) after finishing Dark Life, so I could continue reading about Ty and Gemma. Overall, I think this was a decent sequel and a good book, I would recommend it more than I recommend certain Harry Potter and Hunger Games sequels. If you've read Dark Life, this is worth reading.

However (and stop reading here if you like going in blind) some of the magical excellence of the first volume isn't there. It is much less a wild-west frontier ad
Ani ♥
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.

Galena Sanz
Esta continuación de la bilogía Abisales me ha gustado mucho, quizá un poco más que el libro anterior porque he encontrado más acción y todo me ha parecido más profundo y más adulto.
La historia tiene tintes oscuros, no voy a entrar en detalles para no desvelar nada, pero ocurren cosas feas y tristes, las escenas de acción están descritas con mucha lógica, algo que la autora también demostraba en el libro anterior, los personajes secundarios son variopintos y la vida marina es muy rica. Como sigo
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 and betray them when they tried to sell them the sea weed. I liked the part where Ty had to sneak onto the sundeck to find information and make the bet on t ...more
Atrapada Enunashojasdepapel
Lo mejor de esta entrega; la buena calidad de la trama y la resolución de los conflictos.
Title: Rip Tide
Author: Kat Falls
Genre: Fiction
What I liked about Rip Tide, is idea of people living underwater, at the bottom of the ocean. It is very interesting just to think about what it would be like to live on the ocean floor. The author did a very well job of describing how life would be.
Synopsis: Rip Tide is a book about a boy named Ty, who his friend Emma, decide to explore in the ocean. However, when they get involved in gang activity, suddenly everything begins to turn for the worst,
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
Ms. Mielke's Class
I thought it was a very good book and I am really looking forward for the third one to come out. It talks about this kid and his friend, who is trying to get back his parents after they got stolen and they are also trying to find out who's killing the surfs and destroying townships. If you have read the first book it will make more sense. My favorite part is the part where Ty takes on this guy named Gabion, they are battling. If you like these books then I would recommend reading it, but read th ...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
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
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
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
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
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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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