{Splashy Spotlight} THE NEPTUNE PROJECT by Polly Holyoke

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Author: Polly Holyoke 
Release Date: May 21, 2013
Publisher: Disney/Hyperion Book



I think it's really intriguing that some kids have been genetically altered for water survival. In a way, it sort of reminds me of the genetically-altered kids in James Patterson's Maximum Ride series. Only, you know, gills, not wings. How amazing would it be to survive beneath the water and befriend dolphins (my favorite animal!)?

I also admire books who turn disabilities into advantages. In Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, the kids all have ADHD and Dyslexia...but that only means they're demigods. In THE NEPTUNE PROJECT, Nere has weak eyes and her lungs don't work well (I'm thinking asthma is the term that will be thrown about). This means she's more suited for underwater-living. I just think that type of twist is intriguing and cool, making others with such things feel they aren't alone in the world.

To me, this is intriguing. I like Maximum Ride. I like Percy Jackson. I like dolphins. How can I not like THE NEPTUNE PROJECT? ^.~

This one is at a bookstore or on an e-reader near you NOW!


With her weak eyes and useless lungs that often leave her gasping for air, Nere feels more at home swimming with the dolphins her mother studies than she does hanging out with her classmates. Nere has never understood why she is so much more comfortable and confident in the water than on land until the day she learns the shocking truth—she is one of a group of kids who have been genetically altered to survive in the ocean. These products of the "Neptune Project" are supposed to build a better future under the waves, safe from the terrible famines and wars and that rock the surface world.

But there are some big challenges ahead of her: no one ever asked Nere if she wanted to be part of a science experiment; the other Neptune kids aren't exactly the friendliest bunch, and in order to reach the safe haven of the new Neptune colony, Nere and her fellow mutates must swim across hundreds of miles of dangerous ocean, relying on their wits, their loyal dolphins and one another to evade terrifying undersea creatures and a government that will stop at nothing to capture the Neptune kids ... dead or alive.

Fierce battle and daring escapes abound as Nere and her friend race to safety in this action-packed marine adventure.


  1. Hyperion has put out some really great books, and this one sounds good too.


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