Title: Dark Life
Author: Kat Falls
Series: Dark Life #1
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication date: August 2010
Format: Paperback - 304 pages
Genre: YA - Science Fiction
When the oceans rose, entire continents were swallowed up by the rising water. Now humans live packed into high rises on small tracts of land, while those willing to forge new frontiers settle deep on the ocean floor.
Ty has lived under the sea his entire life, helping his family to farm the ocean floor. But when outlaws attack, Ty finds himself in a fight to save the only home he has ever known. Joined by Gemma, a girl from topside who is looking for her missing brother, Ty ventures into the frontier's rough underworld - and discovers some very dark secrets. Secrets which threaten to destroy something...
I'm still trying to get over the fact that I let this book sit on my shelf for so long.
I absolutely loved reading this one. It was wonderful in so many ways. Most of all though, the world-building in this book is breathtaking. The main settings are underwater at the bottom of the ocean - there were so many different creatures mentioned and weird technology. Houses that look like jellyfish, mini-submarines and Liquigen that allows you to breathe underwater. Who wouldn't want to read about all of that?
The characters were also wonderful. They were brilliantly written. I immediately fell in love with Ty from the get go - he was so loveable and mysterious. When I realised that the book was from a male's p.o.v I was immediately curious. I doesn't happen very often and I found myself loving the subtle difference. Gemma was also a great character. I loved how strong willed she was an yet incredibly vulnerable at the same time.
The plot was pretty simple in comparison to other books I've read. However, it really didn't matter purely because the story is so original. Most of my attention was on the descriptive writing, not on what secrets I had yet to find out. When all the details were revealed I was pleasantly surprised so it wasn't too predictable. Especially towards the end.
I really can't fault this one. I loved its originality, the characters and the world it's set in. I definitely need to get my hands on the sequel as soon as I can.
My rating: 10/10
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