Publication Date: May 2012
Short Synopsis (Goodreads): A thrilling futuristic adventure set deep undersea, Dark Life follows the settlers of the world's first subsea settlement as they defend their homesteads against a brazen band of outlaws.
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...
My Review: I only recently discovered this book from another blogger, and am very glad I did. This book was so creative! First off, that cover pulls you right in, fantastic. And the title is very gripping too.
Right off the bat though, I was immersed in this world. It felt so real, so realistic and logical that I sometimes had to remind myself that, no, we don't have any underwater colonies (that I know of, if we did though, sign me up!). Honestly, that was the best part about this book and what I'm excited for as I continue the series, just how real it all is: houses shaped like jellyfish to help with the pressure, family sized subs, manta ray boards, people that glow when they blush because they eat bioluminescent fish....it just made so much sense!
And not that books have to be 100% fact based for me to enjoy them, but I do want to be immersed in the world to the point that I believe it's real and wonder why I never knew about it before. This book does that, in spades.
That being said, the story line was adequate. I enjoyed getting to know the characters. Not many books that I read have leading male characters and it was fun getting to know things from Ty's perspective, but it didn't feel as solid as the world did to me. I was just kind of along for the ride, reading more from enjoyment than from a gripping need to know what happens next. Which is ok. Not every book I enjoy is going to consume me (probably a good thing) but this one did entertain.
Overall, a great world, an adequate story line, and something I am looking forward to returning to as the story continues. Recommended!