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A thrilling futuristic adventure set deep undersea, Dark Life follows the settlers of the world's first subsea settlement as they defend their homesteads against a brazen band of outlaws.

Set in an apocalyptic future where rising oceans have swallowed up entire regions and people live packed like sardines on the dry land left, DARK LIFE is the harrowing tale of underwater p
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press
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Bookwatcher
Aug 15, 2010 Bookwatcher rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA and sci-fi readers
Recommended to Bookwatcher by: Kika
Shelves: teen-ya, sci-fi, favorites
Marvelous book! My 5 stars and my applause

(no, I'm not a guy... I just like this animated gift )

Well, without spoil the story I can say some things...

* All the story is Ty's POV. I enjoy this wise choice of the writer. It's so rare to read a YA book with a guy as narrator. I love Ty voice.

* Gemma, the main female character, is so brave! Looking for her brother she affront all her fears without second thoughts! SOOOO BRAVE! Love her!

* The adventure of this book never ends! True! My advice is: ta
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Abby Johnson
In a future America where rising seas have claimed much of the land, leaving Topsiders to pack themselves in tiny stacked apartments, some people have taken to the ocean. These pioneers live on the ocean floor, farming the sea and sending crops to the government in exchange for their homesteads. This is where Ty Townsend has lived all his life. He was the first child to be born in the undersea community of Benthic Territory and he loves it there. But when outlaws threaten the safety of the settl ...more
Mitchel Broussard
We've all had our fill of dystopia-infused YA literature in the past couple of years. From the trilogy that seemed to have sparked its massive popularity much like the books that sparked the vampire craze, it's been hard to distinguish the rest of the pack from poor imitators. Dark Life, the first novel by college professor Kat Falls, is no imitator: here is a true, original, fun and fascinating dystopic tale fueled with imagination, relatable characters and a beautifully realized undersea setti ...more
Gabriella
Finally! It took Scholastic forever to get this book out to me. Anyway, once I read it I'll quickly write a review for it.

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Well I've finished the book and now I must write a review.

To be quite frank I thought the book was boring. It takes place sometime in the future, after some terrible natural disaster I believe. The oceans have taken over most of the land, so many people have been forced to live under the sea. That sounds pretty good huh? I thought so! But this book is kinda like a Western,
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Katerina
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Aik Chien 인첸
I couldn't fathom why I took so long to reach (read) this book - it has been sitting on my to-be-read shelf for so long. I'm so glad I finally read it, because it's superb! Dark Life is set in a futuristic world where the rising sea-levels have sunken most of the lands and scientists and pioneers are starting to test the possibilities of living under the sea. Of course, most people still prefer to live on land, even though they are forced to cramp with each other due to the limited spaces.

Ty is
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Flannery
There is some seriously cool world-building going on up in here. I'm glad I squeezed finishing off this book in between watching Easy A with my family (pretty awesome) and trying NOT to watch Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (all music by Burt Bacharach...nuff said). Kat Falls' first novel is set underwater in a future where most of our land is under the ocean and the majority of people live in crowded tenement blocks. Ty, the teenage protagonist, is the first child born in the underwater colo ...more
Damali
Jan 03, 2015 Damali rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: scifi and dystopian fans, kids and big kids!
I usually don’t want to read anything about the ocean, so I wasn’t that excited to be starting this. It was just a short book I could listen to. What a surprise! Get this: What's left of the world is overpopulated to the point where people have to buy space just to be alone for a few minutes. People don’t even have their own bedrooms!Think Original Star Trek: The Mark of Gideon. Underwater, the settlers are entitled to claim 100 acres at age 18.

Gemma lives on the surface, and she’s gone to the u
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Sonja Arlow
Oct 22, 2014 Sonja Arlow rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Very Young Teens
Shelves: dystopian, 2014-read
2 stars

YA novels are always a gamble but as this story takes place in such a unique setting I decided to give it a go.

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Storyline:
Great chunks of land have slid into the ocean due to global warming and everybody is crammed into skyscrapers. Space becomes a sought after commodity.

A brave few live under the sea and grow the food that keeps humankind alive. Ty is a teenage boy who was born and raised on the sea floor, and he's developed some unique abilities while growing up under the deep blue se
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Neal Shusterman
Read this over a year ago, and the world keeps coming back to me. Definitely worth the read. Kat Falls has build a compelling and believable world.
Natalie
Just read this for the second time! I think I loved it even more. The setting is so creepy - the ocean floor. Reminds me a bit of "Sphere" by Michael Crichton, except written for a younger audience. Even though I'd already read it once and mostly remembered everything, I still couldn't put it down. Falls writing is flowing and captivating. There are no pauses in the story. From the first sentence till the end, the story is enthralling.

I love this because it is written for such a wide audience.
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Claire
Feb 11, 2010 Claire rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 10 or 11 and up- a scifi type adventure
Post global warming- the new frontier is under the sea. Pioneering scientists and adventurers are using some amazing technology that makes use of physics and biology to farm fish, some livestock (!) and sea plants.
These farms have been in existence for almost 20 years now and children have been born under the surface and grown up underwater. These kids have extranormal abilities, all different, all wonderful and all a secret, the kids never tell or display their gifts. The oldest among them has
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Hope Baugh
I haven't had time to keep up with recording on GoodReads what I've been reading, but last night I finished reading the hardcover edition of Dark Life, by Kat Falls, and I LOVED IT. I want to tell everyone about it! It is a fast-paced, suspenseful, action-adventure story set vividly on a post-apocalyptic ocean frontier. Cool homes, cool vehicles, and cool creatures! The hero-narrator is a courageous, 15-year-old, ocean-born boy with a secret gift that scares him, but the runaway orphan girl who ...more
Christian Minor
In a world taking place undersea after the oceans rose and earthquakes caused whole regions to fall into the deep, deep path below, humans live packed into stack cities. They barely go outside because sunlight can cause 3rd degree burns all over. As a result, some pioneers staked out a living on the ocean floor. Ty was born and raised in the deep. He was the first to be born in subsea underwater. By the way he’s not pleasant to hear the whole experiment may fail due to a gang of outlaws that ha ...more
Natalia
Si quieres leer algo diferente, lee Los Abisales. La autora ha sabido crear una historia original desarrollada en un medio poco explotado y con unos personajes con personalidad. Puede resultar un poco extraño al principio, pero merece la pena conocer la historia de Ty y Gemma.

Reseña: http://www.arte-literario.com/2014/03...
Karl
5/5

I started this one a few days ago and it really took me to a whole new world. The world of the deep sea. During the read, I just can't help but imagine myself submerged in the water and bubbles flew out of my lungs. It is so very often that I came across a fresh new take on the world of seas. I was very tired I guess of reading of vampires, zombies, angels etc. Its time for a little submerging.


The books about Ty and Gemma. Ty's the kid from beneath the seas. Gemma's the one from above. They m
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Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Reviewed by Laura for Book Chick City. 7/10 on the blog.

This book is worth reading for the fantastically imaginative setting alone. Set in the future when the world has been consumed by the oceans. People live in cramped high rise blocks on the limited land available, lucky to have two rooms per family. But there are some that choose a very different life entirely and decide to live the 'darklife' and make their homes at the bottom of the sea.

Now, if you like me think that living at the bottom o
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Brenda Lower
Ty is a pioneer, but instead of going west, like the old days, his family went deep! As the water levels rise and space on land grows more and more precious, people have started going under the sea. Ty knows nothing but living underwater. He is much more familiar with the life that thrives in the darkness of the deep sea than he is with sunshine and stars.

One day, Gemma shows up from the world above and changes everything in his life. She seems so vulnerable alone, searching for her brother tha
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Deborah
Kat Falls’, "Dark Life", is an action packed adventure ride. Grab your diving equipment and come along!

After an earthquake destroys the coast land of the world the only open space are the oceans. It is there that settlements have been established on the ocean floors. Ty, a subsea- born, has lived in the Benthic Territory all his life. The story is told from Ty’s point of view. He meets Gemma, a topsider, who lives in the cramped cities on land; who has come to the sea to look for her older brot
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Robin
A further step in my YA education.....this was an amazing book to listen to. The writing was deceptively simple, clear and descriptive. There were times when I suspected she either owned a submarine, or she had waterproof paper and dove below the surface to write everything down. The visuals her words projected were that clear. And, maybe the writing was helped out a bit by the reader, who was more storyteller than audio transcriptionist. There were times when I sat in my car, long after I reach ...more
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Dark Life, The Little Mermaid in reverse.

Whether you believe climate change is man-made or not is immaterial, the point is it exists inside this book. Anyway, uniquely set “Under the Sea” in a starkly plausible dystopian future with a plot which delves deeper into this unsettling world. Unfortunately, I could’ve done without the tacked-on romance.

Fish out of water, young Ariel Gemma meets Prince Eric Ty on her mission to find and join her long lost elder brother after they were separated in an o
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Shannah Abringe
Dark life is a book that is so interesting. Its based in the future of earth that is partly underwater. People live Topside and people live subsea. Either one, people get through everything. Making sure to have an air tank or whatever to get to the other side.

A boy named Ty that is fifteen years old lives subsea in a settlement called Benthic Territory. He was the first to be born in subsea. He is not afraid to do anything. He sets his mind to whatever and he plans to accomplish it and he always
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Nikoleta
Σε μια μελλοντική Αμερική, όπου η αύξηση της στάθμης του νερού των θαλασσών έχει μετατρέψει το μεγαλύτερο μέρος της ηπειρωτικής γης σε έναν απέραντο ωκεανό, οι άνθρωποι έχουν χωριστοί σε πρωτοπόρους και πανωχωρίτες. Οι πανωχωρίτες ζουν στοιβαγμένοι σε μικροσκοπικά διαμερίσματα στην ξηρά , ενώ οι πρωτοπόροι έχουν αποικίσει στη θάλασσα. Οι πρωτοπόροι ζουν στον πυθμένα του ωκεανού , ή Σκοτεινό Κόσμο όπως τον αποκαλούν οι πανωχωρίτες , βασισμένοι στη γεωργία και την ιχθυοκαλλιέργεια με βασική τους υ ...more
Anab Khan
Dark Life is about a boy named Ty. Ty lives underwater, in a place called Benthic Territory. He lives with his parents and his sister in what is called a homestead. A homestead is almost a like a huge jelly fish, the size of the tallest of buildings. Ty knows how to use different types of vehicles (submarines, and manta boards), as wells as weapons (harpoons, and shock pods). In the beginning of the story, Ty is exploring the junkyard of the ocean. His only reason on why he enters this junkyard ...more
Emily Togstad
Emily Togstad
English 11-6
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“Dark Life”
The book is about a girl in search of her brother. She’s searching for him under the ocean. While she’s looking for her brother, she meets a boy. You can tell instantly that they like each other. The boy tries to help the girl find her missing brother. There are some challenges because of a group of outlaws. The outlaws are destroying the land of the settlers under the ocean. But with the help of their dark gifts, they overcame the outlaws. Every teen
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Nikoleta
Από την αρχή μέχρι και την μέση του βιβλίου περίπου, ήμουν σίγουρη -έτσι νόμιζα, ναι, χαχα, καλά...- ότι ήξερα πως θα εξελιχθεί, απ' ότι φάνηκε, ιδέα δεν είχα! Εκτός του οτι επιτέλους φόρτωσε γκάζια, το βιβλίο έκανε μια φοβερή στροφή και ήρθαν τα πάνω κάτω! Τελικά στον Σκοτεινό Κόσμο τίποτα και κανένας δεν είναι ότι φαίνεται.
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Reseña publicada originalmente en: http://quieroleersinlimites.blogspot....

[...] Si algo negativo tendría que decir, es que el primer capítulo puede resultar un poco confuso. Entra en materia de forma directa, y se usan términos y referencias que en un primer momentos nos son desconocidas. Poco a poco vamos entendiendo a qué se refiere Ty con cada cosa que dice o menciona, pero el primer capítulo (pero solo el primero) puede resultar algo abrumador.

En cuanto al romance, me ha agradado mucho que
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Lilianna
I think I will definitely choose this one for the next class novel for 6th grade. It was really neat! I might like Science Fiction after all - who knew?
Ethan
Dark Life by Kat Falls is the first in a great series. The world is in ruins forcing pioneers to settle under the sea. Things have been going pretty well. At least until the outlaws came. Join Ty in his adventure to stop the outlaws reign of terror and help Gemma, a topsider, found her brother...before it's to late. I enjoyed this book because of the scientific and futuristic genius. The way the settlers live underwater blows my mind. What I didn't like was how fast paced it was. The action was ...more
Evey
2015 Reading Challenge - 20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list

It wasn't that bad, but truth is I couldn't connect with the characters nor the story itself. I just didn't care at all about what happened. Besides, I thought that it'd be centered on the dystopian aspect, but it was far from that. It was a sort-of-paranormal story on a dystopian environment.

Besides, regarding the (view spoiler), they were way too convinient, weren't they? About five minutes after
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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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