DNF: The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke


10739664With her weak eyes and useless lungs that often leave her gasping for air, Nere feels more at home swimming with the dolphins her mother studies than she does hanging out with her classmates. Nere has never understood why she is so much more comfortable and confident in the water than on land until the day she learns the shocking truth—she is one of a group of kids who have been genetically altered to survive in the ocean. These products of the “Neptune Project” are supposed to build a better future under the waves, safe from the terrible famines and wars and that rock the surface world.

But there are some big challenges ahead of her: no one ever asked Nere if she wanted to be part of a science experiment; the other Neptune kids aren’t exactly the friendliest bunch, and in order to reach the safe haven of the new Neptune colony, Nere and her fellow mutates must swim across hundreds of miles of dangerous ocean, relying on their wits, their loyal dolphins and one another to evade terrifying undersea creatures and a government that will stop at nothing to capture the Neptune kids … dead or alive.

Fierce battle and daring escapes abound as Nere and her friend race to safety in this action-packed marine adventure.


Every now and then it’s inevitable that you’ll come across a book that you just can’t get into. That’s exactly what happened to me with The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke. There were three things that really turned me off of this book: the writing, the characters, and the storyline.

The writing in this book is really going to appeal to younger teenagers, but I found it to be very choppy. It didn’t help that I didn’t like the book itself. The writing is actually the key element here, because I’m finding myself wanting to talk about certain things that bothered me but they pertain more to the characters and the storyline. So, ultimately, it all comes down to the writing itself…so I’m just going to move on to the storyline.

I feel a little silly, because I have always wanted to read a book that surpassed the get to know you part and jumps right into the action scene. Well, that is what The Neptune Project did. It started out with an action scene, but it bothered me a lot. I had no time to get to know these characters or the world that they lived in. I had no background information at all. Instead, I was just placed into the middle of the story it felt like. I really needed that background info to get my up to date.

Moving on to the characters….I couldn’t stand Nere. I only read this book for 50 pages, but I HATED her. She was weak, whiny, a follower, and just not someone that I wanted to read about. The book may have gotten better, especially since it started out all action packed….I’m betting that it got even more so. However, what I read just didn’t appeal to me. There were a few supporting characters who didn’t bother me nearly as much…but, again, I didn’t fall in love with them.

Overall, I probably would not recommend this book. I’d like to point out, though, that I usually do not like books about water creatures. I can’t even think of one that I fell head over heels in love with. So, some people really might end up loving this book. It just wasn’t for me.


Pages: 340

Publication Date: May 21st, 2013

Publisher: Disney/Hyperion Book

Source: ARC

Rating: N/A due to DNF