The Neptune Challenge by Polly HolyokeThe Neptune Challenge by Polly Holyoke

The Neptune Challenge

byPolly Holyoke

Paperback | May 10, 2016

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Danger lurks beneath. . . .

Genetically engineered to survive in the ocean, Nere and her friends are recovering from their treacherous journey to Safety Harbor, an undersea refuge founded by the scientists of the Neptune Project. But plenty of enemies prowl just outside the colony's boundaries, and when two of the children are kidnapped, Nere, her loyal dolphins, and the other Neptune kids must set out on an expedition even more perilous than their first.

Tasked with infiltrating the kidnapper's high-tech undersea base, Nere soon discovers that rescuing the missing Neptune kids isn't all there is to her mission: the secret to saving the world's oceans is hidden somewhere deep inside this vast fortress, and she and her friends will have to risk everything to find it.

With bloodthirsty shark mutates and savage kids roaming the corridors, will Nere and her companions find a way to save their friends, themselves, and their underwater world? The stakes couldn't be higher in this thrilling sequel to the award-winningThe Neptune Project.

Praise forThe Neptune Project
  • 2014-2015 Texas Bluebonnet Master List
  • Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award nominee
  • Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year, 2014
  • 2015 Buckeye Children's Book Award nominee
  • "Holyoke keeps her prose well-pitched to her audience...this suspenseful, undersea dystopia should keep middle schoolers hooked."
    -Kirkus Reviews

    "The book revels in the beauty of the underwater world and the creatures that inhabit it. The relationship between the teenagers and the dolphins-who actually become characters themselves-is especially well crafted.The Neptune Projectwill attract male and female readers."
    -VOYA
    "[L]ots of adventure, suspense, and underwater scenes . . . [for] readers who are looking for a slightly different dystopian adventure or those who just dream of living in the ocean and playing with dolphins."
    -School Library Journal

    "This fast-paced science fiction adventure with well-developed characters offers a vivid and exciting oceanic setting complete with villains, dangerous sea creatures, and protective dolphin friends."
    -Horn Book
Polly Holyoke (www.pollyholyoke.com) grew up in Colorado where she spent her childhood skiing, camping, reading, and dreaming up stories. Polly went on to graduate from Middlebury College, become a middle school social studies teacher, and writeThe Neptune Project. She lives in Plano, Texas with her husband and their two daughters, as ...
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Title:The Neptune ChallengeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.62 × 5.25 × 0.88 inPublished:May 10, 2016Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Thrill Ride from Beginning to End! Catalyst” the exciting and explosive conclusion to “Insignia” opens with a military takeover of the Pentagonal Spire after “the ghost in the machine” blows up the Coalition’s skyboards. Promoted to the Upper Company Tom Raines who keeps stepping on the toes of the authority in power surprisingly not only passes a despicable loyalty test, but is given the responsibility of training the new plebes. But he soon uncovers an underlying threat when he discovers that his plebes are Obsidian Corporation’s latest experiment to test a new process that takes away their free will. Angry at the ramifications of this latest intrusion Tom is determined to thwart Joseph Vengerov’s sinister scheme only to be faced with a horrifying discovery that could annihilate Earth, and the mysterious murder of key Coalition CEOs. Well- developed with S.J. Kincaid’s creation of a dystopian world run by a coalition of power-hungry, billionaire CEO’s of multinational corporations, their autocratic influence is now felt in the halls of the Pentagonal Spire under the leadership of General Anthony Mezilo. Fast-paced and action-packed the intensity and suspense quickly escalates especially when Tom is subjected to Vengerov’s blackmail and mind control and he must find the will to escape or be sucked into fighting for the wrong side. Diluting the chaos and violence are large doses of humor with Vikram’s banter, Tom’s date with Iman, and Yuri’s intercession when he kisses Wyatt. Romance continues to brew as Wyatt finally admits her feelings for Yuri and Medusa and Tom recognize the strength of their feelings. Yet as the story progresses quickly and smoothly sacrifices are made for a future Tom and his team never saw coming. Through it all the characters continue to develop, growing closer as Tom discovers the close, loyal family he’s always yearned for in his best friend “Tiny Spicy Vikram”, the android Yuri, and the brilliant “Man Hands” Wyatt Enslow. Even Lieutenant James Blackburn and Tom begin forging a new relationship as both confess their failings and weaknesses. Yet as lies and secrets are finally unraveled Joseph Vengerov remains cold, ruthless and power-hungry; fear never cracking his cruel and brutal nature until he finally stares death in the face. I thoroughly enjoyed the Insignia trilogy and especially “Catalyst” which turned out to be a page-turner from beginning to end. I highly recommend this series and can’t wait to see what S.J. Kincaid has in-store for her fans next
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Catalyst This is the end to one of my favourite series ever, and I have read a tonne of books. S.J. Kincaid is a great storyteller and I hope to to read many more books by Kincaid. To be honest, I am very sad to see this series end
Date published: 2015-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good ending A good ending to a great series that is not as popular as it deserves
Date published: 2014-11-02

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PRAISE FOR THE NEPTUNE PROJECT

"Holyoke keeps her prose well-pitched to her audience...this suspenseful, undersea dystopia should keep middle schoolers hooked."-Kirkus Reviews