Beauty versus beasts.
In the wake of a devastating biological disaster, the United States east of the Mississippi River has been abandoned. Now called the Feral Zone, a reference to the virus that turned millions of people into savage beast-men, the entire area is off-limits. The punishment for crossing the border is death.
Lane McEvoy can’t imagine why anyone would risk it. She’s grown up in the shadow of the great wall separating east from west, and she’s curious about what’s on the other side – but not that curious. Life in the west is safe, comfortable . . . sanitized. Which is just how she likes it.
But Lane gets the shock of her life when she learns that someone close to her has crossed into the Feral Zone. And she has little choice but to follow. Lane travels east, risking life and limb and her very DNA, completely unprepared for what she finds in the ruins of civilization . . . and afraid to learn whether her humanity will prove her greatest strength or a fatal weakness.
Dark Life is set in the near future when global warming has caused the oceans to rise and reduced America to half its former size. Fifteen-year-old Ty and his family live on an ocean floor homestead. When outlaws attack the pioneer settlement, Ty teams up with a girl from the “Topside” who’s come subsea to search for her brother. Together they face dangerous sea creatures and venture into the frontier town’s rough underworld to discover the secret behind the outlaws’ eerie abilities.
An exclusive bonus chapter found only in the audio book here!
Dark Life was nominated for the following state book awards:
Florida’s Sunshine State Young Reader Award
Georgia’s Children’s Book Award
Illinois’ Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award
Minnesota’s Maud Hart Lovelace Award
Missouri’s Truman Readers Award
Nebraska’s Golden Sower Award
Ohio’s Buckeye Children’s Book Award
South Carolina’s Junior Book Award
Utah’s Beehive Book Award
Vermont’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award
What School Library Journal says about the audio book of Dark Life:
Gr 6-10–The wild frontier meets Jacques Cousteau in this futuristic novel by Kat Falls. Global warming has done its job and the oceans have risen. The coasts lie beneath hundreds of feet of water and people living topside are crammed into stacked housing developments, fighting for inches of space. Ty and his family have all the space they want. They have chosen to homestead the ocean floor—in the Dark Life. Gemma is a topsider who has come to the deep-sea colony looking for her brother and hoping to escape being placed in an orphanage. Ty and Gemma team up to help each other when outlaws begin attacking the ocean settlements. Ty calls upon his dark gift—the ability to communicate with sonar—to rescue his community and Gemma. Narrator Keith Nobbs distinguishes the characters well, and his quick pacing will appeal to listeners. Action, suspense, romance, and a few surprises make this a good choice for middle school boys.–Tricia Melgaard, Library Journals LLC
Rip Tide, the sequel to Dark Life, follows Ty and Gemma on another action-packed aquatic adventure. When Ty’s parents are kidnapped by a savage group of ocean dwellers known as surfs, he and Gemma make a desperate alliance with the Seablite Gang in order to get them back.
Read the first chapter here!
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