May 26, 2010

Dystopian Summer Beach Read: Dark Life

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Darklife 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

  1. assyrian chick

    Dark life is one is the coolest books i recommed, if you like mystery, supense, crime, and romanance this book is your soulmate 4 life. PLEASE READ!

  2. may/o

    wow….i think that DARK LIFE looks like a wonderfull book!!!!!!!!!i can not wait to read it….. and when i do i will be tellin every one about it! and i hope that every one reads it and when you do have fun!!!!!!!

  3. mia

    looks like a really good book i wish i had that kind of book in my book shelf!i wish you could just wish for the book to just fly to your book shelf and you could just read it!i could read that in just one day!that is how much i want to read that book!

  4. liz22101

    I don’t know if I should read it. I’m not a fan of underwater things. But, who knows? I might like it.

  5. late night reader

    I just put this book on hold for me!! Suddenly, I am finding all these good books at the end of the school year. The problem is that I am doing a lot of writing for school right now……….So maybe I will put this book off, untill the summer, when I get all night reading privileges.

  6. GNOletsgo1

    See, this is what will happen in the future when people don’t listen to news about the enviroment!! Sounds like a good book.

  7. ( kelly )

    hopefully this story will not be true in the future! Thats all we would need for the oceans to rise & then we’re toast!

  8. TheInky3

    Haha…..ill be sure to finish it BEFORE i stare at the sea!!!!! I’ll be sure to read that!!! SOUNDS AWESOME!!!!!

  9. boxer4356

    Awesome! I MUST read this! I think I’ll read this for one of my summer book reports. Sounds fitting.

  10. Crystal

    This has been on my reading list for a while… so COOL! I can’t wait to read it!

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