Monday, July 26, 2010

Dark Life (YA)


Dark Life. Kat Falls. 2010. Scholastic. 304 pages.

I peered into the deep-sea canyon, hoping to spot a toppled skyscraper. Maybe even the Statue of Liberty. But there was no sign of the old East Coast, just a sheer drop into darkness.

When Ty, a boy who has spent almost all of his life living deep undersea, meets Gemma, a Topsider, a girl who has spent her life on land, their lives are changed for better or worse.

Gemma has come to the sea in hopes of finding her brother. She hasn't seen him in years. But if she can get his signature, she'd have some freedom. She hates being a ward of the 'wealth (The Commonwealth). Of course, she'd love it if her brother welcomed her with open arms, if he welcomed her into his home. But. Before she can settle her future, she has to find him. And that is proving more challenging than she ever thought. Ty, not exactly used to girls, let alone Topsider girls, agrees to help her in her search. But the search has its own interruptions. Because things aren't exactly stable undersea--politically. There's a band of outlaws making things a bit topsy-turvy. And Ty and Gemma keep stumbling into danger.

I really liked this one. It was a very interesting dystopian novel. Falls has created a unique new world, new society, undersea. For those humans with the pioneer spirit--like Ty's parents--the ocean offers a new beginning, a new hope.

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2 comments:

Sadako 1:44 PM  

Interesting...kind of reminds me of the Goosebumps book Deep Trouble.

Sheila Ruth 6:47 PM  

Sounds intriguing!

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