DARK LIFE series reading information (Kat Falls)

KAT FALLS writes some great dystopia/adventure books for middle-graders.  Her first series, DARK LIFE, was well received, having been nominated for for many awards.

The setting is a future earth where the polar caps have melted and the oceans have risen so much that earth's population is crowded closely on the remaining land. Ty Townsend is part of an experimental community that lives in the ocean's depths. 

bookcover of DARK LIFE  (Dark Life, #1)  by Kat FallsDARK LIFE
(Dark Life, #1)
by Kat Falls

*Children's Book Award Nominee (2012)
*Georgia's Children's Book Award Nominee (2012)
*Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award Nominee (2012)

3.90 avg rating — 5,558 ratings

Life isn't easy deep under the seas.  Desperate 'topsiders', hungry for food, oppress the underwater pioneers, and pirates wait to steal their goods. As the first child born born to the underwater enclave, Ty has little liking for land dwellers... that is until he meets Gemma. Gemma is feisty and different and she soon engages Ty to help her find her missing brother, who may have been captured by the pirates, or who may have joined them.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 62,350
Page Count:  304
Accelerated Reading level: 4.8 / points: 9.0
AR quiz: 136705
Lexile: 690L
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--audio available

bookcover of RIP TIDE  (Dark Life, #2)  by Kat Falls
(Dark Life, #1)

3.94 avg rating — 1,444 ratings

Trouble is everywhere. Ty's parents have been charged with sedition, and now an entire village is missing, while the local underwater fauna are suddenly more dangerous. Was tying up with the Seablite gang a good idea?

Word Count: 67,475
Page Count: 320
Accelerated Reader:  5.3 / points: 10.0
AR quiz: 145219
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compiled by Pam
updated June 2014