Return to the subsea frontier with Ty and Gemma, where the mysteries of the deep are deadlier than ever. With time running out for his parents, Ty’s desperation leads the two teenagers to the underwater underworld…and into an alliance with the outlaws of the Seablite Gang.
But one mystery soon leads to another. How has an entire township disappeared? Why is the local sea-life suddenly so aggressive? And can the Seablite Gang be trusted…or are Ty and Gemma in deeper water than they realise?
Dark Life by Kat Falls, was one of my surprise reads of last year, I won it in a giveaway from The Book Smugglers and heard mostly good, but still mixed things about it. So, I went in not really knowing what to expect, and it ended up being one of my favourite books of the year. It wasn’t spectacular or perfect, but there was something about it that It really enjoyed. So I was always going to grab this sequel as soon as I could!
I was initially concerned with this one, without giving too much away, something happens early on that groaned at, it appeared that the author had deliberately put a spanner in the works and knocked the characters back a bit, just to add some tension to the romance between Ty and Gemma. Their friendship/relationship was one of the things I enjoyed most about the first book (I really like their characters) and it felt like Kat Falls was artificially adding something that really wasn’t needed.
But… Thankfully, that wasn’t the case, and while it does affect them, it is there for plot reasons and not melodrama. I was a relieved reader!
Rip Tide isn’t quite as good as Dark Life (although some of that is I was never going to get the same joy of discovery with this one), but it still had all the things I loved about the first one, Ty and Gemma are still great characters, the underwater world is still a fabulous place to visit and the plot is as full of twists as the first one.
Touching a little on the politics of the world, it also feels a little more grown up. As it should do, after their experiences in the first book (not to mention the passage of a few months) it’s only right that some (but definitely not all) of the innocence should have been lost. Ty becomes aware that some of the things he and his fellow settlers had thought fair and just, have unseen repercussions for others.
Definitely worth reading if you were a fan of the first book, I know I’ll be looking out for any future adventures for Ty and Gemma!