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The Neptune Challenge

(The Neptune Project #2)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,240 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Danger lurks beneath

Genetically engineered to survive in the ocean, Nere and her friends are recovering from their long, treacherous journey to refuge and settling in at Safety Harbor. Despite its name, plenty of dangers still lurk just outside the colony's boundaries. When two among them are kidnapped, the remaining Neptune kids and their loyal dolphins must set out on a
Published May 19th 2015 by Disney-Hyperion (first published April 1st 2015)
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Deana Dick
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author and Texas Bloggers for Texas Authors for an honest review.

After being genetically altered to to survive in the ocean, Nere, her family and others have succeed in living in a place called Safety Harbor. Nere has a special bond with the Dolphins and are a vital part of her life. Everything seems to be going smooth in this new enchanted place she calls home. But tranquility is not to last for long.

A kidnapping has occurred and Nere and her friends wa
Pam Bennett
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another fantastic, fast paced adventure from Polly Holyoke. It kept me on the edge of my seat. Surely, Mrs. Holyoke, there will be a third book. Right?! Looking forward to sharing it with all my kids!

A special thank you to Mrs. Holyoke for giving away copies at TLA before the release date. It was the highlight of the conference for me.
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bravo Poly Holyoke on a fantastic sequel to Neptune Project! This was a fast paced read that kept me riveted to the book! I can't wait to share this book with my friends and students! ...more
May 19, 2022 rated it it was amazing
there’s just something about this book/series that makes it so addictive to me. why am i so invested even after like six years?? how do i still find all of the characters so enjoyable?? i need to study for finals but i will not bc i need to reread the third book immediately
Scott S
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book The Neptune Challenge by Polly Holyoke is a riveting story of Nere Hanson saving her friends. The book starts with Nere, a teenage girl, friends being kidnapped. Nere and the remainder of her friends plan to set off on a dangerous journey to find her friends, but first she must pass a test showing she is capable of taking care of herself. Holyoke’s main message is if you can take it you can make it. Nere goes through many challenges throughout the book, hence the title, The Neptune CHAL ...more
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable sequel. The first book led well into this book. Even the villains were fleshed out and rounded characters. Everything ties up at the end, but not too neatly. The ultimate villain gets away. I like how the dangerous mutants in the previous book were the allies and friends in this one.

Nere's relationship with her father was realistic. I like how things aren't just wonderful between them even at the end. Relationships are hard, and when trust is damaged so badly, it takes time
May 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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yassss <3

holyoke has blessed us again! time to reread the third book!!!
Mar 25, 2022 rated it really liked it
A solid dystopian sci-fi novel. I remember checking The Neptune Project out from the library when it was brand-new LOL. I had read it since then, but not since 2018 I believe. It was fun to revisit Nere and her friends again in this installment, but the negatives I thought the first one had remain here: far too many characters and not enough depth for most of them to actually connect with any besides Nere herself. And I still think many of the names are silly/ridiculous haha. (Whitey? Sham? seri ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Went downhill fast after the first book
Eleanor Maddock
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Nicole Donald
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
I thought this was a great book. I loved finding out more about Kuron and his neck of the woods. I want to find out what happened to Idaine, though. Did Kuron kill her or what? I loved meeting all the new characters. I thought it was interesting how they were all part different animals. I really liked Shadow. I thought (view spoiler) I hope that they will be able to use the C-plankton. I REALLY WANT ...more
I didn't like this one as well as the first. I'm not a big fan of Lo/High books (I know they work great with some readers, but they drive me crazy), and this reads similar to one of those. I didn't get a lot of character developement, and the action didn't quite work for me. Overall, I know there are those who will really enjoy this, but it wasn't for me.

Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Emily Anderson
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book I read was the Neptune challenge by Polly Holyoke. This is the second book of the Neptune Project series. The main character is Nere and her friends that she meets along the way. This book is about these kids who were genetically engineered in a way so they would be able to live under the water. These kids have already escaped the government swimming thousands of miles of water to their Safety Harbor or a place that they will live. They have gone through many difficult tasks facing oce ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it

I felt like this series was trying very hard to be the Hunger Games, and it certainly felt that way in some instances. In fact, because of that, I've wanted very badly to enjoy this series, but I won't be continuing it. Sadly. Despite the strong similarities to the Hunger Games and Dark Life, it fell flat.

I dislike how YA authors insist on glamorizing borderline abusive relationships. Dai was aggressive with Nere and nearly hurt her in the first book and all throughout that book and t
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a good book because it is how Nere and here friends suvive in the ocean. They come across other people from other groups and doge potroll people that are trying to kill them. When they do make it to her dad's colony where they will live the rest of her life she is happy to see her dad. She had missed him and so it is a happy part of the book. This book does leave off at a cliff hanger. ...more
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. I absolutely LOVED the first one, it's one of my favourite books of all time, and this sequel definitely lived up to my expectations. I loved everything about this book. The characters, the relationships between the characters, the descriptions and writing style. Polly Holyoke is an amazing author, and her and her books are so high up on my favourites. I can't wait to read The Neptune Promise! ...more
The first book in the series was good. Not the most amazing book ever, but good. It had an interesting concept, some decent action, and a compelling enough plot that I wanted to read the second book.

This one was just BORING. It took 200 pages for anything to happen, I didn't feel any connection to most of the characters, and I was really ready for it to end well before it did. Two stars for the fact that none of the main characters died. I think I'm done with this series.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Neptune Challenge is the most amazing , creative and suspenseful book I have ever read. Seriously, people who live under the water in the future, no other plot can get more creative and unique than that.The writing is written in the perfect way to add on to the suspense. The Neptune Challenge is a awesome book with a twist of romance for all ages.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Exciting sequel to The Neptune Project. It can be easy to mix up some of the characters in the sequel, but overall, a fun read.

Set in the future after climate change has heated the Earth's temperatures and water levels have risen, a group of teens has been scientifically engineered to live under water. Great choice for middle or high school students who like dystopian/futuristic literature.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved reading this book. While I typically don't care much for novels with slight elements of romance in them, I felt uniquely riveted to this book in a way that is quite unusual. The author has made a world so real that I could live in it. I can live Nere's adventures. I can't wait to find the third book! ...more
Cassie Bolton
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I LOVE THIS BOOK ITS JUST AS GOOD AS THE FIRST WHICH IS RARE AND IM SO GRATEFUL FOR THAT LOVE LOVE LOVE EVERYTHING YESYESYES all the characters are so real and unique but they all fit together and it is the most beautiful series ever
Mar 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, dystopia, library
I’m just devouring this series. I really like these books. I’m so obsessed with the telepathy and the whole plot in general. This was so good after the set up of the first book. I’m excited to see how the trilogy ends. I love Dai.
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy (Hopefully)
Ages: 11-14
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best book I ever read!!!
Rob Snyder
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
A solid second installment. Good pace and a well told adventure.
Melanie Williams
I love this book!!

I love this whole series, and it's impossible not to fall in love with the characters!!! Plenty of action and drama, along with a bit of wit to satisfy any taste.
Tara Symkoviak
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-books, fantasy
This book is as good as the first book "The Neptune Project". I would suggest this to any reader too. It is a clean and good book to read. And maybe even a little better than "The Neptune Project". ...more
Phil Plunkett
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a must read. It has a great hook and keeps you holding on all the way through. I 200% recommend this book!!!!!!!
Sara Kriesel-Hall
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a recommendation by my daughter. It was an enjoyable read and prefect for tween audience.
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Polly Holyoke is the author of THE NEPTUNE CHALLENGE (2015) and THE NEPTUNE PROJECT (2013), which has been named to state reading lists in TX, MD, FL, HI and OH and to Bank Street's 2014 Best Children's Books of the year. THE NEPTUNE PROJECT won Florida's Sunshine State Young Reader's Award, and THE NEPTUNE PROMISE will release Dec. 1, 2017.

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