Today is another one hour special as I chat with another member of the debut YA and Mid-grade authors from the class of 2K13. Polly Holyoke is my guest, and when you can write about many of the things you love around a subject you feel strongly about the outcome is bound to be a great book, and so it is with Polly’s debut novel “The Neptune Project”.
Polly has been imagining stories since she was in fifth grade and when she isn’t writing, she loves reading, camping, skiing, scuba diving and hiking in the desert, though she did once get herself bitten by a rattlesnake.
When it came to “The Neptune Project” it really helped that she had done quite a bit of scuba diving over the years. Those she has never lived by the sea, she has spent enough hours under the waves to be able to describe some of the basics—like light, visibility and currents as well as hours and hours reading books on oceanography and articles by avid divers.
About “The Neptune Project” : (Taken from the authors web site)
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.
As one reviewer put it…
I loved this book! I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I would
recommend this book to children and adults. I bought a copy for the ten
year old boy that I nanny for, he read it in one day and immediately
asked if there was a sequel yet. He’s an avid reader and he loved it! I
bought another copy for my 11 year old niece, can’t wait to give it to
her! I will let you know what she thinks.
The characters were great, and the book is packed with adventure from start to finish. I can picture it all on the big screen!
The book is one of those that appeals to both girls and boys, young and old and I highly recommend it to all.
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