The Neptune Project

The Neptune Project

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Nere has never understood why she feels so much more comfortable and confident in water than on land, but everything falls into place when Nere learns that she is one of a group of kids who-unbeknownst to them-have been genetically altered to survive in the ocean. These products of "The Neptune Project" will be able to build a better future under the sea, safe from the barren country's famine, wars, and harsh laws. But there are some very big problems: no one asked Nere if she "wanted "to be a science experiment, the other Neptune kids aren't exactly the friendliest bunch, and in order to reach the safe haven of the Neptune colony, Nere and her fellow mutates must swim through hundreds of miles of dangerous waters, relying only on their wits, dolphins, and each other to evade terrifying undersea creatures and a government that will stop at nothing to capture the Neptune kids...dead or alive. Fierce battles and daring escapes abound as Nere and her friends race to safety in this action-packed aquatic adventure.show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 341 pages
  • 147.32 x 213.36 x 30.48mm | 498.95g
  • Disney Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1423157567
  • 9781423157564
  • 872,541

About Polly Holyoke

Polly Holyoke grew up in Colorado, where she spent her childhood skiing, camping, reading, and dreaming up fantastical stories. Polly went on to graduate from Middlebury College and become a middle school social studies teacher. She lives in Plano, Texas with her husband and their two daughters, as well as two cats, two Chihuahuas, and a Beagle.show more

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4Q 4P M J Nere feels like a freak with her pale skin, thick glasses, and weak lungs. She would rather swim with the dolphins her scientist mother studies than spend time on land with kids her own age. When an authoritarian government commands her village to move inland, Nere finds out how different she truly is-her parents biologically engineered her to live underwater. Now she is suddenly living in the sea with a group of kids she has never met before, facing dangers from both the open ocean and humans bent on capturing them. But for an outcast like Nere, the greatest challenge of all might be fitting in with her fellow mutates and learning how to lead them. At first The Neptune Project seems like yet another young adult dystopian knockoff: autocratic government, genetically altered teens-we have seen it before. But after a slow start, it suddenly turns into an adventure novel. Almost every chapter ends with a cliff-hanger, forcing the reader to flip the page for more. In addition, the book revels in the beauty of the underwater world and the creatures that inhabit it. The relationship between the teenagers and the dolphins-who actually become characters themselves-is especially well crafted. There is even a touch of romance when Nere becomes the object of a romantic rivalry between two boys-quiet, reliable Tobin and sarcastic, daring Dai. With both romance and adventure, The Neptune Project will attract male and female readers.-Cheryl Clark. VOYA"show more
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