Oceans of adventure and action.
No. of pages: 320
With time running out for his parents, Ty’s desperation leads the two teenagers to the underwater underworld…and into an alliance with the outlaws of the Seablite Gang. But one mystery soon leads to another. How has an entire township disappered? Why is the local sealife suddenly so aggressive? And can the Seablite Gang be trusted…or are Ty and Gemma in deeper water than they realize?
A fantastic follow-up from the debut ‘Dark Life’ that left me praying that Kat Falls writes more for this franchise.
Action, mystery and the stakes for Ty and Gemma – as well as the benthic community – are all increased with ‘Rip Tide’ told in that same narrative style woven with oceanic slang and deep-sea organisms traits. We get a bigger taste of the creatures that lurk in the depths as Ty and Gemma face their own separate challenges in addition to fighting a new threat.
Completely obsessed with all things marine biological, this sci-fi fantasy added a level of excitement for me, personally, that had me eager page after page. Kat Falls’ writing style speaks to my soul – a level of innocence interspersed with sub-aquatic essence.
Ty is pushed to his limits, as are the rest of his family, and I wasn’t sure what was going to happen next. There is something about Falls’ story lines that always has me guessing. Which is probably why I love this series so much.
Gemma’s story arc was an interesting one, although I felt a little melodramatic and had a bit of difficulty swallowing it, but I still loved her strength and tenacity. Additionally, Zoe (Ty’s little sister) still has her spunk that injects a different tone into the scene and is still one of my favourite of the cast.
Where ‘Dark Life’ was more about Ty keeping his gift a secret and connecting with Gemma in amongst the challenges they faced, ‘Rip Tide’ is about the pair facing bureaucracy amongst several gigantic threats.
The pacing steadily grows as circumstances become more and more complex, which had me completing the book in one sitting. It does have a young adult tone, so there is a small lack of sophistication to meet its target audience. I was totally sucked into the world, swimming the depths along with Ty and Gemma… a book I’d readily recommend to any with the spirit for adventure and a love of the ocean.
Overall feeling: O_O
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