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Author: Holyoke, Polly
A group of kids who have been genetically altered to survive in the ocean must embark on a dangerous underwater journey to find refuge--and maybe even a way to save the world.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.90
Points: 12.0 Quiz: 158939
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 5.70
Points: 12.0 Quiz: 62332
Kirkus Reviews (04/15/13)
School Library Journal (12/01/13)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 12/01/2013 Gr 6–8—In this dystopian adventure, Earth can no longer sustain life in many places and the United States has devolved into a totalitarian government. Nere lives by the ocean and has always had an affinity for water. She thinks nothing of her comfort with the sea until the day her mother breaks the news that Nere is a product of a genetic-mutations experiment called the Neptune Project. Now the government wants to close down the project and kill all involved. Nere and two other children are given injections that finalize their mutations and enable them to breathe water. Their journey through the ocean to asylum isn't easy, but with some help from Nere's telepathically linked dolphin friends and other Neptune Project victims the kids just might make it-if they can stop quarreling among themselves. This is an enjoyable book, with lots of adventure, suspense, and underwater scenes. The novel hits the target audience right between the eyes on "hot button" issues, especially global warming and its consequences, but should be popular with readers who are looking for a slightly different dystopian adventure or those who just dream of living in the ocean and playing with dolphins.—Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.