Hi! Today we’re celebrating the release of Polly Holyoke’s THE NEPTUNE PROJECT, which came out last Tuesday!
Nere has never understood why she feels so much more comfortable and confident in water than 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 in the ocean. These products of “The Neptune Project” will be able to build a better future under the sea, safe from the barren country’s famine, wars, and harsh laws.
But there are some very big problems: no 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.
I’m halfway through reading THE NEPTUNE PROJECT and I’m really, really enjoying it. It’s incredibly fast-paced without sacrificing character. I feel so sympathetic toward Nere, who’s forced to give up the life she’s known on land for a dangerous one beneath the sea, dodging Marine Guard divers and sharks alike. I’m super-curious to learn more about the other Neptune Project kids in the second half of the book. I’ve never read an underwater adventure story before, and that setting is a big part of what sets this book apart for me. Nere is a telepath – which is totally fascinating – but she can communicate not only with other humans but with her dolphin friends! The dynamics of the dolphin pod and the other underwater creatures is totally fascinating!
Now for our interview with Polly:
1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.
Nere is a stubborn, brave, and resourceful introvert.
2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.
THE NEPTUNE PROJECT is an action-packed, vivid, undersea adventure. (JS: I love this!)
3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.
I am a short, cheerful, hardworking writer.
4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?
Nepal, Australia, and Switzerland
5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?
Voice, digital photography, film-making
6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?
Broadway actress, teacher, graphic designer
7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?
Columbine, wild roses, delphinium
8. What are your 3 favorite foods?
Chocolate, cake pops, and more chocolate (JS: I love cakepops! Starbucks’ pink birthday-cake cakepops are so good!)
9. What are your 3 favorite books?
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, ARCHANGEL, and CROSSING TO SAFETY
Polly is generously giving away a signed copy of THE NEPTUNE PROJECT (open internationally!) along with a dolphin necklace/bookmark. To enter, please leave a comment below telling me what your favorite sea creature is! (I vote manatee.) Contest is open until noon EST next Friday, June 7!