Kat Falls

Hi, I’m Kat Falls, author of Dark Life and Rip Tide, which are middle-grade science fiction novels that I describe as “underwater westerns.”

My first YA novel, Inhuman, is set in the near future after a mutagenic virus has turned millions of people into beast-men. The sequel, Undaunted, came out in March 2019.

I write all of my books with my own kids’ reading preferences in mind. Meaning, I try to keep the stories fast, fun, fresh and edging over-the-top. Actually, those are my favorite kind of books too – adventures that pull me into new worlds, dangerous and beautiful.

So, click away if you want to learn more about me and my books or read excerpts, including a scene that I wrote as a bonus feature for the Dark Life audio book.

You can find out more about Inhuman here, read the first three chapters on www.scribd.com, or watch a short video clip of me reading an excerpt aloud here.

You can read the first chapter of Undaunted  here: www.scribd.com



Inhuman is on the 2014-2015 Tome Society It List for “clean” teen reads!

“At the Tome Society we believe teenagers should be encouraged through well-written, fun-to-read literature to rise above discouraging situations and cycles of destructive behavior; to make a difference in the world around them; to look beyond themselves and reflect on how their personal decisions will impact present and future generations.  For these reasons each year we search the world of YA Lit for new, fresh literature with minimal strong language, sexuality, and teens casually participating in illegal or destructive activities. The fact that finding twenty books that meet these requirements is a monumental, almost impossible task reminds us of why this list is so important.”


Common Sense Media Review for Inhuman:  Parents need to know that Inhuman, by Dark Life author Kat Falls, is an exciting blend of fantasy and science fiction. It’s a dystopian novel that imagines a near-future United States where a viral infection causes genetic mutations, creating human-animal hybrids. . . . Falls starts off Inhuman at a brisk trot and builds nicely to a heart-pounding finish at full gallop. Her characters, both human and fantasy, are relatable and believable, with dialogue that rings true. The post-viral-apocalypse world is realistically and vividly imagined. A dramatic twist at just the right time will take readers by surprise. Suspense and peril ebb and flow at a good rate, which will keep those pages turning all the way to the big finish and satisfying ending.

Kat’s Books

Dark Life   (Middle Grade science fiction thriller, Scholastic Press)     Dive deep into the vivid underwater world of Dark Life! When outlaws attack the pioneers’ subsea farms, fifteen year-old Ty finds himself in a fight to save the only home he’s ever known. Joined by Gemma, a girl from Topside, Ty ventures into the ocean frontier to save his community.

Rip Tide   (Middle Grade science fiction thriller, Scholastic Press)   The sequel to Dark Life. When Ty leaves his family’s subsea farm, he’s ready for all manner of aquatic predator, but he’s shocked to discover a township chained to the sea floor. Now he and Gemma must face off with outlaws, Seaguard officers, and the savage, trident-wielding surfs — along with the most deadly creatures in the ocean.

Inhuman    (Young Adult dystopian romance, Scholastic Press)    In the wake of a biological disaster, America walled off the area now called the Feral Zone. But to save her father, sixteen year-old Lane crosses the quarantine line, risking life, limb, and her very DNA when she discovers infectious beast-men living in the ruins of civilization.

Undaunted   (Young Adult dystopian romance, Scholastic Press)   Six months after the events of Inhuman, Lane ventures back into the Feral Zone. The boy she loves, Rafe, has become more beast than man, and she promised to put him down if he ever goes feral. Now, Lane fears the time has come to carry out her vow…



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