Elizabeth reviews YA -- The Neptune Project

Updated: Sep 3

The Neptune Project

by Polly Holyoke


"Nere has never understood why she's more comfortable and confident swimming with the dolphins that her mother studies than she is hanging out with her classmates 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 the ocean. These products of 'The Neptune Project' are given a mission to build a better future under the sea, safe from the dangers on land.
But there are some very big problems: non 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. "

Don’t judge a book by its cover? More like don’t judge a book by its summary! Very little in the inside cover’s description of this book actually prepares you for what The Neptune Project is about. From the summary on the book, you’d expect a fairly typical modern sci-fi book where an average girl who doesn’t quite fit in suddenly gets powers and has to leave her middle school and home (at least, that was what I had thought). What the description doesn’t make you think is that this book actually takes place in a dystopian future where the entire western world has become a communist regime called the Western Collective, the Earth has been ravaged by various disasters, and telepaths are a normal occurrence. That’s the actual world that The Neptune Project throws you into in the first few pages, with basically no warning. This doesn’t technically have an impact on the book itself, I just found it very strange, and one of the least fitting summaries on a book I have ever seen. As to the book itself, it’s yet another YA dystopian book, but let’s get into it.