Blurb: 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 threaten to destroy the underwater territory, Ty finds himself in a fight to stop the outlaws and save the only home he has ever known.
Joined by a girl from the Topside who has come subsea to look for her prospector brother, Ty ventures into the frontier's rough underworld and begins to discover some dark secrets to Dark Life.
As Ty gets closer to the truth, he discovers that the outlaws may not be the bloodthirsty criminals the government has portrayed them as. And that the government abandoning the territory might be the best thing for everyone, especially for someone like Ty, someone with a Dark Gift.(From Goodreads)
Opening Sentence: "I peered into the deep-sea canyon, hoping to spot a toppled skyscraper."
Length: Medium - 297 pages
Notes:Confession - I haven't always known what "dystopia" meant. In fact, it was pretty recently that I had to look it up. (In case you don't know either, it means "an often futuristic society that has degraded into a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian. Dystopian literature has underlying cautionary tones, warning society that if we continue to live how we do, this will be the consequence.") But after browsing through several book blogs and seeing the term over and over, I looked it up. This book falls into that category. (And it seems to me like this is a really popular genre right now - right alongside vampires and warewolves and faeries...) And I really liked this book. The whole idea of setting up farms and cities underwater was really fascinating to me. And believable. There were times that I thought this book was a little bit predictable, but it was definitely a page turner. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
Random quote: "'But you're not,' Gemma said. 'You're different. Special. You may as well admit it. And just so you know, it's not normal to want to be normal. People who are normal want to be special.'"
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