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Rip Tide by Kat Falls
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Nov 13, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult, science-fiction
Read from November 13 to 18, 2011

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 Station up on the surface, and is much happier. As long as she doesn't have to enter the water physically Gemma is happy to visit her underwater family in the safety of a submarine. RIP TIDE opens with Ty and Gemma hiding the family’s seaweed harvest in a huge vortex so it doesn’t get stolen prior to market day. Something else is hidden in the Vortex though – a huge floating township has been sunk and chained down there, all the external hatches have been chained and locked from the outside, and all the people who live inside are dead. Who would want to condemned hundreds of people to an icy underwater grave and why?

The next day Ty’s parents are kidnapped as they make their first big sale with another floating township. When the kidnapping is reported to the Sea Guard they do not seem to be making it a priority to find and rescue them; Gemma and Ty decide to investigate the kidnapping on their own. Their investigation leads them to the extremely dangerous Rip Tide where Gemma’s brother Shade is about to star in a big fight. In a frantic race against the clock, Ty and Gemma find themselves fighting for their very lives against phobias, outlaws, Sea Guard officers, trident-wielding topsiders and some very deadly critters.

RIP TIDE, and its predecessor DARK LIFE, is very much like an underwater western – there are settlers, bandits, people who carry out their own justice and a distant government which doesn’t much care for its frontier population; having said that I dislike westerns – whereas I loved this. There are some really, really nasty characters in this book – very nasty. Being a YA book though there is no in your face blood and guts. Sometimes telling is more scary than showing. I do hope there will be more in this series.

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message 1: by Caspette (new)

Caspette Oh is that book 2?

Sally906 Yes. It is very good - have a kindle version - very edge of the seat stuff :)

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