Ocean lovers, this one is for you. Or really, anyone who enjoys an adventure with likable characters and cool technology. The Dark Life, by Kat Falls, is classified sci-fi but could also fall into the dystopian category. The story is set sometime in the future where the ocean has swallowed up much of the land, making it scarce. What is different about this one is that it doesn't go into a lot of details about how the catastrophe happened and the subsequent change afterwards. The author gives just enough clues but doesn't make that the story focus.
Ty spends his days helping his family and exploring dark places where dangers lurk, to the chagrin of his parents. Ty is also hiding a secret called a Dark Gift. I won't spoil the gift, but it's pretty cool. As useful as the gift is, Ty refuses to acknowledge it because he is worried people will consider him a freak. He already looks a bit different-his skin glows from eating a lot of bio luminescent fish. Topsiders, those who reside above water, already think the settlers are crazy and assume the water pressure is messing with their brains.
On one of his unauthorized explorations, Ty comes across a derelict sub and meets an orphaned topsider named Geema. While inspecting the sub, a feared group of outlaws come to take the sub away. Ty and Geema escape, but the event sends them into dangerous and
Overall, I loved the book and just bought book 2. Ty and Geema are both strong but have distinct weaknesses that give them depth and make them more relate-able. I enjoyed the relationship between the two and how it is blossoming into a sweet, clean romance.
But don't just take my word for it, check it out for yourself:)