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The ocean rose, swallowing up 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, helping his family farm the ocean floor. But when outlaws attack his homestead, Ty finds himself in a fight to save the only home he has ever known.

Joined by Gemma, a girl from the Topside who has come subsea to look for her brother, Ty ventures into the frontier’s rough underworld and discovers some dark secrets to Dark Life...secrets that threaten to destroy everything.

In Dark Life, Kat Falls has created a breathtaking world where the deep can be dangerous, the darkness can be deadly, and sometimes it takes extraordinary power to survive.

©2010 Kat Falls (P)2010 Scholastic

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  • Bonnie D. Reynolds
  • 15-09-2011

Great Family Read!

I listened to Dark Life with my kids--21, 18, 15 on a car trip. We were captivated! Ms. Falls creates a believable undersea world in a future where global warming has greatly reduced the livable land on Earth. Her characters are bright, witty and adventurous and we thoroughly enjoyed our peek into their lives. Look for the sequel, Riptide, also a great read! Narrator Keith Nobbs voice the parts perfectly. Dark Life has been optioned for a movie, and author Kat Falls plans five books total in this engaging series. Highly recommended!

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  • lbsouth
  • 01-10-2012

No more "How much longer" only "press play"

Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Life to be better than the print version?

We had 2 round trips car tripsin 3 weekend span (about 30 hrs worth), and my son needed to get in his reading time in and he can not read in a car. I got this intending to load it on his iPod and get an another book for hubby and Myself. My husband and I read the reviews and decided to listen as a family. We all thoroughly enjoyed it! (Ages 43,42,12,9).

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The story and narration where so good my 9 year old said he felt like he was watching a movie because he could see everything so clearly in his mind.

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We got Riptide for the second leg. Everyone was so looking forward to it and it did not disappoint.

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  • Margit D. Morawietz
  • 27-03-2012

Under the sea; VERY entertaining.

I'm just a fool for under water colonies and I don't know why it is not done much more often in sci fi... [I love V.McIntyre's 'Superluminal' ; see also 'A door into ocean'] This story seems so logical, but I did not find it at all predictable. I found a unique world, a beautiful world, full of interesting characters, with a likable main character. Very, enjoyable and entertaining. I'm just starting the next in the series 'Rip Tide', and hope the next one will be available soon.

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  • Patty
  • 10-01-2012

Exciting listen for those who love the genre!

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Dark Life was a good listen for those who enjoy books of this genre. Although the story was a bit predictable at times, I really did find myself looking forward to my daily commute to listen to the next chapter.

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  • the goat
  • 23-11-2021

Wonderful Story for All Ages

I read this book when I was ten years old, and decided to come back to it now that I am an adult. The plot definitely still holds up. Usually books meant for younger audiences make me turn my nose because the writing is juvenile, or dodges around darker subjects. This book however, does not do that. I must say that the narrator is a bit difficult to get used to as he anunciates every word quite clearly, but once you get into it he does a very good performance.

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  • Chris M.
  • 01-09-2020

WONDERFUL

I read this book in 9th grade and it was a wonderful read so I thought I'd give it a listen. Easily one of my favorite books

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  • Jenny
  • 13-06-2020

A good story

This book starts a little slow, and I was worried about being interested in the rest of the book. It picks up though as a real adventure starts.

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  • Daniel
  • 21-10-2019

Love this book.

I’ve never listened to an audio book before but I believe that this will be a great experience.

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  • Flex
  • 04-08-2019

good story

I got the audio book so I could catch up with my son who is reading this book for school. it is a good book and the performance was well done with several voices.

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  • Adriana
  • 08-01-2017

I really like it

This was the first book I've had interest in also the first book to ever finish. I truly enjoyed gemma's hold on survival till the bitter end i say.

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