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ISBN13: 9780545178150
ISBN10: 0545178150
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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.

Review:

"[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

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"[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." Booklist

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.

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clackamaslee, February 7, 2013 (view all comments by clackamaslee)
This book seemed geared for the middle school audience, but I still enjoyed it. It was a fun, quick read on a rainy day.

The world that Falls created is intriguing... I kind of want to start a homestead of my own. Kids are pretty universally interested in marine life, even if they don't particularly enjoy the water. I'm pretty sure that the descriptions of the underwater farms and other parts of The Deep will fascinate younger readers.

The story was predictable in parts, but then again, I'm not the target audience. The only character that didn't read flat to me was the main boy, Ty. But that is not unusual for first person narratives, and is appropriate for the level it was written for.

All in all, this book is worth reading for ages ten to mid-teen. There's nothing here inappropriate for younger readers, and the writing style and vocabulary are simple.

I expect to read the sequel.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780545178150
Author:
Falls, Kat
Publisher:
Scholastic Paperbacks
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Edition Description:
Paper Text
Series:
Dark Life
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.63 x 5.25 in
Age Level:
from 8 to 12

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Product details 304 pages Scholastic Paperbacks - English 9780545178150 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "[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."
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