The Neptune Project - YA Review by Marta M

Reader: Marta M
Age: 12
Title: The Neptune Project
Author:  Polly Holyoke
Publisher: Disney/Hyperion
Pub Date: 05/21/13
Galley: Yes
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: This book had good character development. The character had very strong reactions to  her challenges, which I really liked. I also saw very good description, such that I have not seen in many other books. I think this book may have needed a little more interaction between characters. It seemed like they kept to themselves most of the time, not expressing feelings to each other as much as I would have liked. Everything else was pretty good.
Memorable or Forgettable: This book was memorable because it had an original idea, at least one that I have not seen.  Like I mentioned before, this book also has great character development and great description. The best thing about the book was the way the author really included many challenges while still staying focused on the main idea. I have seen authors that totally stray and you get confused about the main point.
Cover: The cover looks really interesting. The fact that the humans are underwater and you can tell that the teenagers on the cover are mutants makes it seem exiting. The dolphins also add more mystery, like what could this be about? The mutated teenagers are obviously what the book is about, along with the dolphins which the teenagers have a strong bond with. So I think that the cover reflects the contents really well.
Age Range: Under 12 through 13
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: Nere was one of the kids genetically altered to survive in the ocean. With the help of the other mutates and her dolphin friends she must swim to the colony. But, before reaching  her destination hundreds of miles away through the dangerous ocean, she must face many challenges.

tags:  science fiction / adventure / ya lit

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