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The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke

Book Summary

Nere is disadvantaged on land, missing her father, with a former best friend who won't speak to her. Water has always felt more like home to Nere, although the government has become suspicious of some of her mother's scientific studies. When things go wrong for a friend, Nere suddenly discovers a secret truth that will change her life - and her world - forever. Mental telepathy, dolphins, power struggles, and secrets: plenty of page-turning.

The sequel is The Neptune Challenge
The Neptune Project book cover
The Neptune Project

Book Review

A fun action-adventure, recommended to me enthusiastically by a student. At points it felt repetitive, and some of the world-building parameters aren't as consistent as they could be, but the story is still enjoyable. Dystopian fiction with some character deaths, but without the same level of darkness as something like The Giver or The Hunger Games - a little friendlier to recommend for grades 5 and 6 than some of the other middle school or teen titles in this genre.

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I will never forgive my father, my mother, or you for doing this to me," she says coldly.

For the first time in a long time, Lena and I see eye to eye."

p. 45

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Trust
  • Leadership and Power
  • Self-Sufficiency; Survival
  • Teamwork

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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