Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoake-ADVISABLE

Holyoake, Polly, The Neptune Project. Disney Hyperion, 2013. Pgs. 352. Language: G, Violence: PG, Sexual Content: PG. 

Nere feels more at home swimming with her mom and the dolphins they train than on land where she’s often gasping for air. While trying to escape from the government agents who want everyone to move inland, Nere’s mom dies and she’s left to wonder what is going. Everything seems to fall into place, however, when she discovers that she is genetically altered to survive in the ocean. To top it off, her father, who disappeared a while back, may be alive and there are other mutates like her. She and the others are part of the “Neptune Project. Scientists have developed a colony under the sea, safe from the barren country’s famine, wars, and harsh laws. The trick: they want the mutates to be a part of it, but there’s a problem, the government will do anything to destroy the project and the mutates. In order to get to the colony, the mutates will have to swim through hundreds of miles of dangerous waters, evade undersea creatures, and outrun the government. Will they succeed?

This action-packed adventure will draw in even the most reluctant reader. There are a lot of characters to keep straight, but they’re believable and complex. The plot is fast-paced and well-developed. Readers who like action, adventure, and science fiction will enjoy reading this book. EL (4-6), MS. ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Jessica Moody, Library Media Specialist, Olympus Jr. High.

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