One of my friends suggested Dark Life to me as a joke. She knew I'm not exactly for "ocean adventures," especially one about catching outlaws. So we were both astonished when I loved Dark Life! 5 out of 5 stars.
Dark Life by Kat Falls
5 out of 5 stars!
Summary from Goodreads: A thrilling futuristic adventure set deep undersea, Dark Life follows the settlers of the world's first subsea settlement as they defend their homesteads against a brazen band of outlaws.
Set in an apocalyptic future where rising oceans have swallowed up entire regions and people live packed like sardines on the dry land left, DARK LIFE is the harrowing tale of underwater pioneers who have carved out a life for themselves in the harsh deep-sea environment, farming the seafloor in exchange for the land deed.
The story follows Ty, who has lived his whole life on his family's homestead and has dreams of claiming his own stake when he turns eighteen. But when outlaws' attacks on government supply ships and settlements...
I thought the plot would be predictable, but I was way wrong. The outlaws were nothing like the demented cowboys I depicted them to be. They were unpredictable, puzzling, and totally unexpected. Plus the leader, Shade, has another identity....
Not only are the outlaws a part of the twists and tuns, but you also have Dark Gifts, suspicious people, the Government, and family to consider.
Dark Life was also full of action. I was never bored! You see, the plot was fast-paced and filled with fighting scenes and hilarious dialogue. Furthermore, the scenes were actually realistic and plausible!
Ty and Gemma are both really great characters. Ty's the type of guy that everyone likes and looks up to, but now he's beginning to lose his perfection....
I love how loyal, smart and loving he is. He's the perfect guy for anyone, especially Gemma! As for Gemma, saying she's a great character is a huge understatement. She's tough, fearless and surprisingly caring. She's a total heroine! Also, all the characters in Dark Life were well-developed, unique, and interesting. In fact, they were inspiring!
Kat Falls has this awesome writing style that is both captivating and magical. She has this amazing ability to write about living in the ocean and make it seem normal. Every sentence is perfectly thought out without making the reader think she's put months of effort into it. Her voice is effortless, flawless and comforting.
Plus, I love the underwater technology they have, such as Liquigen and mantaboards. Ty's home is also really unique; it looks like a giant jellyfish! The technology has made me want to move into the book and live underwater....
In. My. Dreams.
Overall, I totally love Dark Life! And even if you don't initially like the idea, Dark Life will totally grow on you and rock your socks off!