Dark Life (Paperback)

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Summer 2010 Kids' Next List

“After global warming-induced floods and landslides drastically reduced the amount of dry land to live on, Ty's family were among the first pioneers to populate the ocean floor. But when the government demands that the settlers capture a deadly band of undersea outlaws on their own, Ty must join forces with 'Topsider' Gemma in order to save his very way of life. A fantastic dystopian young adult debut!”
— Whitney Spotts, Schuler Books & Music, Lansing, MI


Dive deep into the vivid underwater world of Dark Life
The oceans rose, swallowing the lowlands. Earthquakes shattered the continents, toppling entire regions into the rising water. Now, humans live packed into stack cities. The only ones with any space of their own are those who live on the ocean floor: the Dark Life.
Ty has spent his whole life living deep undersea. When outlaws attack his homestead, he finds himself in a fight to save the only home he has ever known. Joined by Gemma, a girl from Topside, Ty ventures into the frontier's rough underworld and discovers some dark secrets to Dark Life. Secrets that threaten to destroy everything.

About the Author

Kat Falls is the author of Dark Life and its sequel, Rip Tide. A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, she holds an MFA in screenwriting from Northwestern University, where she now teaches. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three children.

Praise For…

"[T]here's no denying the nifty premise, solid characterization, and tense moments that contribute to a cinematic reading experience. Falls's undersea world warrants further exploration."

--Publishers Weekly

"Falls creates an interesting reality in her new novel. . . . Based on the young ages of the characters, this book will appeal to middle grade readers, who will enjoy the novel's mystery and suspense. It is a definite must-read for SF fans."

--Voice of Youth Advocates

"A Western . . . with plankton instead of cows, harpoons instead of six-shooters and submarines instead of covered wagons . . . and a few plot twists keep the tension high. A thrilling conversion of the classics to one of our newer frontiers."

--Kirkus Reviews

[T]he exotic setting and well-conceived details about undersea living, along with likable characters and a minor surprise at the end, will keep readers turning the pages."


Product Details
ISBN: 9780545178150
ISBN-10: 0545178150
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Publication Date: February 1st, 2011
Pages: 297
Language: English
Series: Dark Life