3 *** = Good, may not be for everyone
I’ve gotten to go boating two times this summer, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I was made for that kind of life. A couple of weekends ago, after cruising and water skiing, I decided to look aggressively into ways that I can earn a living soaking up the sun on a fast boat. No luck thus far.
In the meantime, I’ve realized that I just love books set in the water. A futuristic society set in the ocean depths? Sign me up.
This is why I just couldn’t help but enjoy “The Dark Life.”
Ty has lived under the ocean for his entire life. Following global warming and the rise of the seas, his family joined an underwater community in hopes of living in the new frontier of the ocean floor. But When Ty meets Gemma, a girl from “topside”, who is searching the seas for her brother, she quickly makes his life very complicated. Together Ty and Gemma face dangerous sea creatures and venture into the frontier town’s rough underworld as they search for her missing brother.
But the deeper they dig, the more attention they attract, and soon Ty and Gemma find themselves being hunted by a gang of outlaws who roam the underwater territories causing havoc, and who seem to have eerie abilities. But Ty has a secret of his own, living underwater for his entire life has meant he has also developed a “special” power. Can he keep it a secret from Gemma and his family or is it time for him to finally tell everyone the truth? (synopsis from goodreads)
I like Ty. I think I’d like to be friends with Ty. He seems smart, kind, selfless – he swims fast. On the other hand, he might be really annoying once I got to know him. I can’t be sure because there isn’t tons of depth. Most of the characters are a little like this. They’re interesting and not super annoying, but not particularly intriguing.
Like I said earlier, I dig the water. I loved reading about high-speed swimming chases, underwater communities, and whale-riding adventures. The main plot of the story is basically about finding the bad guy. Along the way, the author introduced a couple of sub-plots that I hope hope hope she develops in the second book, “Rip Tide.” (It’s out, I just haven’t read it yet.)
Although the Sherlock Holmes solve-the-mystery-find-the-bad-guy aspect is entertaining, I really wanted to delve more into the super-power Ty seems to have and explore the social and political conflicts between those who live in the deep and those who live “topside.” Maybe in book two.
My two cents
I did enjoy this book. It was light, easy, and enjoyable, but not particularly thought provoking or earth shattering. It was merely fun and a good break from the heavy stuff.