Book Review – Dark Life by Kat Falls

A future Underwater world I want to be a part of!

Dark Life Book Review Pic 01 by Casey CarlisleGenre: Y/A, Science Fiction, Adventure

No. of pages: 304

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… 

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I went into this novel with no idea what it was about other that it being science fiction and set in the ocean, and what I got was so much more.

A futuristic adventure that weaves elements of ocean life into every facet of the story line tickled my girlish heart. I love, love, love marine biology and was delighted with language, slang and snippets of underwater organism characteristics throughout this original tale.

Told through Ty’s POV we experience how the human race has adapted to live in the oceans depths – living quarters and sea floor farms… with all the dangers that come from the undersurface habitat. Things that bite, shock and sting, not to mention drowning or being crushed by pressure. And if that wasn’t fascinating enough, politics, a missing person investigation and family life are thrown into the mix. Ty is a confident character with an adventurous spirit which kept me enthralled.

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Additionally, his younger sister Zoe and newcomer Gemma (from the mainland topside) add strong female characters to help him along his journey. I particularly enjoyed the portrayals of females in this sense, each adding valuable support to our protagonist, but to be reckoned with in their own right.

Kat Falls has a writing style that draws you along – the tension keeps building to culmination. She also weaves in scientific terms and observations effortlessly in a way of easy understanding so you don’t feel like a dope. And the story line…. I seriously did not know what to expect from one moment to the next, Kat kept me guessing right to the end.

I immediately jumped online and ordered the second book in this series, Rip Tide, upon finishing this book (and maybe some of her other titles too). Highly recommend if you love adventure, action and anything to do with the denizens under the oceans surface… Escapist fantasy at it’s finest.

Overall feeling: Hot Damn that was great – give me the sequel RIGHT NOW!

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