Published by Scholastic Inc. on May 1st 2010
Dive deep into the vivid underwater world of Dark Life! The oceans rose, swallowing the lowlands. Earthquakes shattered the continents, toppling entire regions into the rising water. Now, humans live packed into stack cities. The only ones with any space of their own are those who live on the ocean floor: the Dark Life. Ty has spent his whole life living deep undersea. When outlaws attack his homestead, he finds himself in a fight to save the only home he has ever known. Joined by Gemma, a girl from Topside, Ty ventures into the frontier's rough underworld and discovers some dark secrets to Dark Life. Secrets that threaten to destroy everything.
I have to say, Dark Life had a fantastic plot that mixed elements of pioneers, science fiction, and underseas adventures that really stood out. It’s almost like an old west feel underwater, set in the future. Very hard to explain, but definitely one of the coolest new concepts I have read in a book lately.
I like the diversity between the characters in this book. There’s two main characters – one who has grown up in the sea and the other who has lived Topside. They’re both adventurous and have their own quirks that seem to reflect each other. Ty wants nothing more than to be able to stake a claim to his own land when he comes of age and will do what he can to preserve that right.
Gemma wants nothing more than to find her brother and have a real home again – one where she can feel safe and loved. Her search for her brother is what brings her under sea and she has the same stubborn willpower as Ty to find what she needs in life to make her happy. But she’s louder about she wants than Ty, who is more of the stubborn, silent type. They make quite the pair as they embark on adventures I could not even fathom.
I definitely related to the main characters in their passion to find a place for themselves in the world. I think everyone struggles to find where they fit and what is right for them in Dark Life.