Dark Life #1
by Kat Falls
Published on May 1, 2010 by Scholastic Press
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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 pioneers who have carved out a life for themselves in the harsh deep-sea environment, farming the seafloor in exchange for the land deed.
The story follows Ty, who has lived his whole life on his family's homestead and has dreams of claiming his own stake when he turns eighteen. But when outlaws' attacks on government supply ships and settlements...
A Pleasant Surprise: I’m not one to read books in first person PoV when it’s a male protagonist but I really enjoyed this book. The main character, Ty, is passionate about what he believes in and tries to do the right thing, whether his parents and the government believe in it or not. He made reading Dark Life very enjoyable.
Post-Apocalyptic Goodness: I’m a sucker for post-apocalyptic based novels. Whether it be zombies, world war three, or in this case a new underwater society, I’ll read it. This was an interesting new take on the aftermaths of the apocalypse. Falls created a whole new world based around the land-living Topsiders and the underwater subsea society, filled with pioneers, outlaws, and a whole world yet to be discovered.
Lovable Characters: Especially for YA/MG readers, the characters of the novel are easy to relate to. The main characters, Ty and Gemma, are both teens struggling with the same basic things that modern teens deal with. I love the almost innocent relationship between Ty and Gemma that develops over the course of the novel; the same goes Ty and his sister, Zoe’s, relationship. I always felt like I was really part of the story, seeing it through Ty’s eyes.
Overall, I liked Dark Life and look forward to the next book in the series.