Dystopian Summer Beach Read: Dark Life
Phew! I barely managed to pull myself away from Dark Life in order to write this review. Yes, it is that enthralling!
Dark Life is the debut book from Kat Falls. It's set in a disturbing version of the future in which the oceans have risen so much that people are crammed onto the small pieces of land that remain — except for small populations of pioneers who’ve decided to live below land. As in, underwater.
Teen boy Ty, the narrator, launches readers into the action immediately in the first chapter. You see, he's one of those pioneers who lives underwater — full-time! And while there's space and freedom below the sea (unlike on land), there's also danger, especially now that a roving band of criminals threatens Ty and his family's way of life.
And if that's not enough, Ty also has to worry about Gemma, the Topsider (that's the term for people who live on land) who's searching for her missing brother. Not only does Gemma not know anything about life underwater, but she also seems a little too interested in the rumored “Dark Gifts” that Ty and the other underwater kids have.
If you like fast-paced, action-packed books, Dark Life is the perfect summer read for you! Just be careful if you're reading it at the beach. . . you might get distracted looking at the ocean floor and trying to imagine what it would be like to live there!
— Morgan, Scholastic Staffer