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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,737 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kat Falls Narrator: Keith Nobbs Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dark Life Series Release Date:
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Dark Life is set in an apocalyptic future where rising oceans have swallowed up entire regions, the Earth’s shifting plates have fractured entire continents, and pollution has eaten away the ozone layer. On the dry land left, people live packed like sardines, stacked in towering skyscrapers where space is a rare and precious commodity. In this world, the only people with any land of their own are those who live on the ocean floor in sub-sea settlements.Much like the homesteaders of late 19th century America, these underwater pioneers (‘Dark Life’ as they’re pejoratively called by ‘Topsiders’) have carved out a life for themselves in the harsh deep sea environment, farming the seafloor in exchange for the land deed. Though they’re often treated with suspicion by Topsiders who believe them to have supernatural Dark Gifts, the homesteaders are a fierce and proud bunch. Sixteen-year-old Ty has lived his whole life on his family’s underwater homestead, and has dreams of claiming his own stake when he turns eighteen. But when outlaws’ attacks on government supply ships and settlements threaten to destroy the underwater territory, Ty finds himself in a fight to stop the outlaws and save the only home he has ever known. Joined by a girl from the Topside who has come sub-sea to look for her prospector brother, Ty ventures into the frontier’s rough underworld and begins to discover some dark secrets to Dark Life. As Ty gets closer to the truth, he discovers that the outlaws may not be the blood-thirsty criminals the government has portrayed them as. And that the government abandoning the territory might be the best thing for everyone, especially for someone like Ty, someone with a Dark Gift. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “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.” 


  • “There’s no denying the nifty premise, solid characterization, and tense moments that contribute to a cinematic reading experience. Falls undersea world warrants further exploration.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The 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.” 


  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Abby | 2/20/2014

    " I really enjoyed the story, the idea of homesteading under the ocean is fascinating. The ending felt a bit rushed but otherwise it was great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cynthia | 1/20/2014

    " Loved it. It's a bit below my reading level, but i don't really care. i cannot wait for the nixt book to come out. Must read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bob Vankirk | 1/16/2014

    " Okay, so I'm just going to have to get over the fact that just about every YA book coming out is part of a series (or maybe just the ones that I am reading). However, this is actually a highly entertaining book on its own merit. A dystopian, sci-fi with a somewhat fresh setting of the sea floor. Without giving too much away, its kind of like Starwars meets Xmen set under water instead of space. I like the politics and moral issues of what is "normal." Glad it is on the BOB 2012 list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joni Hansen | 12/31/2013

    " It was an interesting concept. Not necessarily the best writing in the world and I'm not so much into dystopic science fiction as some, but not bad, on the whole. Perhaps a little older than a 9-12 year old reading level. I'm not sure most 9-year-old boys would appreciate the kissing scenes... "

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