by Polly Holyoke
Summary: In one terrifying day, Nere discovers that she is a product of a scientific experiment and is meant to live the rest of her life in the ocean. Nere, and the others like her from the Neptune Project, were genetically engineered to leave the land, oppressive government control, and famines to set-up a new way of life in a colony below the sea. Nere can't believe her mother never told her of her fate, but she has no time to think about it. She must immediately adjust to life in the water so she can escape the soldiers, marine guard, and ocean predators that want her dead.
Thoughts: As soon as I read about this book, I was intrigued. I am absolutely enamored with the ocean, terrified by its enormity and dangers but enamored by its beauty and sound. When I read that Nere communicated with dolphins, I was completely hooked!
The novel is a compelling, original adventure.... kind of a FInding Nemo for teens! :) I really enjoyed the relationships between Nere and the others who are part of the Project, as well as the tension created by the threats they face under the sea. It's an interesting twist on the dystopian novel with a lot of suspense, intrigue, and character drama.
Read The Neptune Project if you ...
- love the ocean and/or dolphins :)
- are a scuba diver (or wish you were!)
- enjoy dystopian novels
- have ever felt misunderstood by your friends or family
- like adventure - on land or at sea!