Monday, May 4, 2015

Review: The Neptune Challenge by Polly Holyoke

The Neptune Challenge (The Neptune Project, #2)The Neptune Challenge by Polly Holyoke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In a world gripped by warfare and famine, the kids of the Neptune Project are the best hope for the future. Genetically designed to live beneath the sea, Nere and her friends have made it to Safety Harbor. But when two of the Neptune kids are kidnapped, Nere must lead a team to rescue them from a rival underwater fortress.

THE NEPTUNE CHALLENGE is an action-packed sequel to THE NEPTUNE PROJECT. The adventures that Nere's team face are often life and death. But the most chilling scenes are those that reveal the extreme nature of the genetic experimentation in this dystopian world.

Once again, I found myself lost beneath the sea in a richly imagined world that is both familiar and eerily foreign. From the playfulness of telepathic dolphin games in swaying kelp forests to the survival-of-the-fittest nature of living in a world of deadly predators, the underwater home of the Neptune kids never disappoints.

Holyoke's voice is strong and direct, making THE NEPTUNE CHALLENGE an accessible book for a wide variety of middle grade readers. But swimming just beneath the surface of the page-turning story lies compelling commentary on the implications of a world destroyed by climate change and unethical experimentation. It's middle grade science fiction at its finest.

Look for Polly Holyoke's THE NEPTUNE CHALLENGE on May 19, 2015, from Disney-Hyperion.

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