The Neptune Project
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
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. This dystopian fiction includes 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.
" I will never forgive my father, my mother, or you for doing this to me," she says coldly.
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