Rip Tide by Kat Falls Book Review

Please note: I have not read Dark Life by Kat Falls, any spoilers are unintentional.

Building a world in which humans living under the sea seems feasible takes skill, which it seems Kat Falls has in spades. Rip Tide, sequel to Dark Life is a roller coaster of a book, filled with action from beginning to end. You do not have to read Dark Life to be able to follow along with the events in Rip Tide.

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Rip Tide

Ty is a teen boy, the first to be born in an underwater colony. His parents are settlers and raise underwater crops. Rip Tide opens with Ty and his friend Gemma looking for a place to hide the crops and uncovering a submarine full of dead people in the middle of the underwater junk yard. Ty’s parents decide to trade with the undesirable population, known as Surfeit people, surfs for short, and end up kidnapped. This leads to adventure for Ty and Gemma as they race against the clock to find Ty’s parents.

I loved this under water thriller. Rip Tide was fast paced and impossible to set down. I thought Kat Falls did an excellent job with setting – by this I mean, making the ocean seem inhabitable for humans. She also shows adaptation to living in the ocean via gifts that some have, Ty, for example, can use sonar. And yet, Kat Falls also maintains the sense of vastness that the ocean gives.

Rip Tide raises important questions of what is right and wrong. The reader sees examples of vigilante justice versus waiting for the law. Readers must question if it is ever okay to take justice in one’s hands. The book also shows that people are not always what they seem. Some characters seem villainous, but actually are more complex than that and end up doing the right thing. Whereas other characters look to be upstanding citizens, but are totally corrupt. I also liked how Rip Tide deals with class systems, and shows what the underclass, the Surfs, will do to survive. We see how Ty and Gemma judge and assume the worst of the surfs because they are from the underclass.

However, at it’s heart, Rip Tide by Kat Falls is an action adventure book with larger themes. I think that it would make a strong pick for reluctant readers, as there is never a dull moment.

Disclosure: Received for review via Amazon Vine.

This is a CYBILS nominee.

Other reviews of Rip Tide by Kat Falls:

So Many Books, So Little Time
Bart’s Bookshelf
Feeling Fictional
Brooke’s Box Of Books

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  1. Oooh I was excited to see this title pop up in my Google Reader. I listened to (and finished) my first audio book last month, the first book of this series. Man, total head-nod to the atmospheric elements of this book. The whole time I was thinking about the amount of research involved, and hoping that some production company would want to make a CGI film of this series some day. Yes, definitely a great series for reluctant readers! And I’m going to check out the second novel! (Please tell me Ty and Gemma smoosh their faces together.)

  2. “Readers must question if it is ever okay to take justice in one’s hands.” This has actually been on my mind lately when I was reading another book. AND they class structure is in there? Love. It. Important things, but I wonder, does the action overshadow the larger questions?

    Thanks for the review, April!

  3. Okay, an underwater colony with underwater crops? Count me in already! I’m definitely going to be reading this 🙂

    Gah, how cool is it that you’re finding all these new books through CYBILS. I might have to read along next year just for fun.

  4. i absolutely loved both books im doing a project on rip tide now and i cant find anymore reviews on it ):

  5. Read both books………Both are great………she should keep the series going

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