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Neptune's Children

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A day at the fabled amusement park Isles of Wonder turns deadly when a world-wide biological attack kills every adult, leaving behind only the kids to fend for themselves. Isolated from the world, unsure of what lies ahead, the young survivors assemble under the statue of King Neptune, the mythical ruler of the Isles, to form a new society.  Led by the children of the pa

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Walker Childrens (first published January 1st 2008)
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Colleen Venable
Jan 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Ahh YA dystopia novels, how I can't keep away from thee! While the premise needed a little work (how exactly does a biological virus kill off all of the adults in the world and just leave the kids?) this book was so fantastic! Huge numbers of characters were juggled and rounded-out with Sachar-eske ease and the plot itself wore away the tip of the seat I was balancing on. On the "it made me exclaim outloud in joy/shock/holy-poop-this-is-awesome" scale this book gets a 9 out of 10 for making me l ...more
Michael Taylor
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neptunes Children... Ok, let me start with the negative... Some parts are a little drawn out. There, that's it, nothing horrible. And even though they are drawn out, it didn't stop me from reading.

The story begins with one of the most shocking things that could happen to any child. And it's that very first scene that will hook you throughout the book. You'll keep reading not just because you "want" more, you "NEED" more.

I fell in love with this book and the moment I told my students about it, i
Just finished this book. The book has a slow start as it sets up the plot. Then you reach a point where you just have to finish the book. It just impossible to do anything else. It has been describe as part Lord of the Files, part Animal Farm, with a touch of Mickey Mouse. It is also has that great thing an A+++ ending. One in which the last sentence is so perfect that you couldn't do better.

One other thing about the book after reading some reviews. The book does suppose that you will buy into
MJ Huot
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read this a very long time ago. Still can remember scenes from this. Reminiscent of Gone series by Michael Grant. Kind of dark for a middle grade/teen book.
Jan 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Someone created a deadly virus.

Someone let it loose on their enemy.

Someone didn’t realize how powerful it was.

The creators didn’t know that the virus would spread and kill everyone in its path. Including themselves. The virus killed everyone except for the children.

On a day like any other, families made their way to the Isles of Wonder. The Isles of Wonder is a gigantic theme park consisting of five islands, each specializing in a certain type of entertainment. The kids that showed up on this pa
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
The reason I gave this book a four star rating instead of three is because it takes place in an interesting setting. I mean, a Utopian amusement park; that is awesome. Plus it's a page turner. Of course it has problems but still, great concept.

Basic idea: Crazy people create a virus that kills everyone, (including them) but not the children. The children in the wonderland amusement park are stuck, but have food, water, and power. The main characters are Josh and his 'family'. A bunch of kids ta
Jun 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Dobkin, Bonnie. 2008. Neptune's Children.

From the jacket flap: "A dream vacation at the Isles of Wonder theme park becomes a nightmare when biological terrorism causes the death of every adult on the Islands. Younger teens and children survive, only to face the resulting horror and the chaos of a world without authority. The figure of King Neptune, symbol of the Islands, unites them as they begin to build a society within the park, safe from outside dangers. Led by a group called the Core, made
Jennifer Wardrip
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Nothing is more perfect than a family trip to an amusement park. Josh and his family find themselves at Isles of Wonder. They are celebrating the remission of his younger sister Maddie's cancer. When asked how she wants to celebrate, she answers how most kids would respond: "I want to go to Isles of Wonder!" Off they go.

Unbeknownst to Josh's family and the rest of the world, a plague has been created by an unknown group. The virus was released from thousan
Mar 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like books about dystopian futures, Lord of the Flies, survival books
It happened when they were at the Isles of Wonder, designed to be the “ultimate theme park.” For them it would soon be their home.

When a mysterious, genetically engineered virus kill all the adults and older teens, the younger teens, children, and infants, have to find a way to live in a world with no parents or any other adult. They have to recreate their own world and new lives. For Josh and his little sister Maddie this means creating their new life where the old one had abruptly ended in th
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Mar 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teens who like books about dystopian futures, survival books, lord of the flies
Recommended to Kokomo-Howard County by: Melissa
It happened when they were at the Isles of Wonder, designed to be the “ultimate theme park.” For them it would soon be their home.
When a mysterious, genetically engineered virus kill all the adults and older teens, the younger teens, children, and infants, have to find a way to live in a world with no parents or any other adult. They have to recreate their own world and new lives. For Josh and his little sister Maddie this means creating their new life where the old one had abruptly ended in th
Carre Gardner
Sep 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Jun 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Biological terrorists release a virus that kills everyone over the age of 14. This story focuses on the children who are at Isles of Wonder, a Disney-like theme park. In many ways, these kids may be better off than those outside the park. The park is completely automated and self-contained, with recycling of water and creation of their own electrity. They are gated off from the outside world, and they have several children who are the offspring of employees at the park. They have some specialize ...more
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
This was one I listened to on my work commute. I enjoyed it, though it did take me about an entire disc to really get into the story which is probably around 6-8 chapters. Though I have to say, most of the time so far while listening to stories it is me trying to figure out if I'm going to like the narrator more so than the story at first, it took me a while to warm up the reader on this one.

This is YA, disease kills all the adults and only kids under about 13 years old or so are left behind. Th
Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it
An unknown terrorist group unleashes a plague on the world that is able to kill all the adults but doesn't harm the children. A group of kids is at an island amusement park when the event occurs and what follows is the story of how they band together and survive.

It's been compared to "Lord of the Flies" and "Animal Farm" and I guess it's got features of both, but it doesn't really compare to either. This book isn't bad, but it's got some flaws. First off - who are the terrorists and what kind of
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Josh and his sister are visiting the Isles of Wonder when a terrorist group biologically attacks the world, killing all of the adults. Josh and his sister are stranded on the island of the Isles of Wonder with other children who were visiting or live there. They come together to help each other but when accusations are aspersed small groups form. The islanders are on the brink of a war that will determine the future of the islanders. Will Josh and his sister come out safe and sound or will they ...more
Aug 04, 2009 rated it liked it
I've heard a lot of people comparing this book to the Lord of the Flies, which I must say is somewhat odd. True, when I read the first chapter, I was wondering if the book was just a clear and blatant rip-off of Lord of the Flies (Kids. Living on an island. With no adults. And chaos begins. Sound familiar?), but the problem of "chaos" is fixed fairly quickly into the book, to be replaced with a government that slowly turns corrupt. (Now this is sounding like another book we had to read in school ...more
Eric Rivas
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Neptune’s Children
Bonnie Dobkin; Walker children’s, 272 pages

A normal day at Isles of Wonder turns tragic when a biological attack kills every adult, leaving the kids alone in an isolated theme park, filled with “wonder”.

At the beginning the kids were sad, and confused because all of a sudden the people that took care of them were suddenly gone and no one knew why. So a few of the older children began to organize when a voice comes on the intercom of the island claiming to be “Neptune” which wa
Feb 02, 2009 rated it liked it
The premise of this book was that a virus kills anyone past the age of puberty. Thousands of children are left to fend for themselves on an island theme park. They are luckier than most, as there is food on the island to feed tens of thousands of visitors, self-contained power and medical stations and other things that make the island more livable in some ways than what you'd see on the mainland. A power structure arises and it causes problems.

As an adult, I found several things freaking me out
Mar 30, 2012 rated it liked it
This book began with an interesting concept and venue, but did not live up to its potential.

The concept is that a (terrorist?) organization unleashes a virus upon the world, and the virus kills ALL the adults in the world but leaves children physically unscathed. This book chronicles the succeeding events for a group of the surviving children who happened to have been on an island amusement park at the time of the cataclysmic event.

The author makes a go of describing how the children survive the
Jun 28, 2010 rated it liked it
I listened to this audiobook on a roadtrip with some friends. It's not a book I would have chosen to read on my own- I'm not so into post-apocalyptic stories. But I liked it a lot more than I thought I would when I read the back cover. The narrator's voice was really obnoxious, so I might have liked it more if I had just read it, but, again, I probably wouldn't have read it if it had been just my decision.

Basically, all the adults and children over age 13 in the whole world die in biological war
Even with considerations for its genre (dystopian) and audience (YA), this book is bad. Sure, it comments on how power corrupts, but so do many other YA dystopias which are much, much better. The cast is full of lots of underdeveloped and static characters. The dialogue is awful. The writing is inconsistent (at one point the main character is holding a prop weapon which he describes as being unable to hurt a gumdrop, but then later it is treated as if it is a serious weapon)and predictable, and ...more
Apr 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
I have been reading a ton of post-apocalyptic books lately. I picked up this one because it was being compared to Lord of The Flies and I thought revisiting that theme might be a nice change from the zombies and vampires of late. I felt that the story was lacking. The set up was so quick and you never get any answers regarding the plague or the fact that it only hits adults. And then you're bombarded with entirely too many characters and with every additional name, I felt like I was neglected ti ...more
Mar 04, 2009 rated it liked it
This should probably have been closer to a 3.5. The language was of a lower level than what I was going for, especially for a Lord of the Flies-esque book. This dealt with violence and chaos and power struggles, which is hard to do when you're writing for a younger audience. But Animorphs managed to pull that off, and I think Neptune's Children does, too. I would have liked to see a longer book with more character development - as it is, it's more about the events that occur once all the adults ...more
Dec 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008
I tried to listen to this as an audio book, but the narrator's voices for the boys were HORRIBLY ANNOYING. So I checked out the book, and read the rest. The concept made me uneasy: all of the adults in the world are killed by a bio-terrorist attack gone wrong, and no one older than 14 is left alive. A bunch of kids that had been at a huge amusement park with their families try to set up their own community, but when a few individuals get power, they get out of control. It was fairly realistic, b ...more
Jul 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, sci-fi
Josh is on vacation with his family at a theme park which rivals Disneyworld when it strikes. Biological terrorism takes out all of the adults in the park older than thirteen or fourteen. Soon, a group of kids begin to lead the crowd of kids in creating a new society. The concept of children reinventing society is not new, exemplified by the classic “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding and notably followed by Michael Grant’s “Gone” series. Here, Dobkin stages the scenario in an amusement park, ...more
Feb 27, 2012 rated it liked it
A virus was created to wipe out enemies (it did not go into detail as to who or why) and killed every adult. It spread and there were only children.
The book focuses on Isles of Wonder (think Disney theme park) children get stuck on a theme park. No adults, no supervision. Reminded me a bit of Gone without the super powers. (to those who are loyal to that series should check this one out but take note: it's not as gory as the Gone series)

For the duration of the time to read this book, I was alwa
May 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. The main character Josh is on vacation in a theme park on an island when all of the adults suddenly die. He is left with his little sister Maddie to take care of. A boy emerges from the group of kids left on the islands to start taking over things - leading them to get organized and take care of things. Only, this boy, Milo - becomes a bit power-hungry and things start to go awry. Josh could have been part of the Core - the group that now runs the islands, but he decide ...more
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
It reminded me a lot of the Gone series by Michael Grant, except this moved a lot quicker and wasn't nearly as good. They pretty much jumped from the day the plague hit to a year later in like two pages. It started out sort of slow, but once it got going, it really got going. I really liked all the characters, but I wish they gave a better idea how old the kids were, at the beginning I was thinking Zoe and Josh were along the lines of 15, but then it made it sound like they were maybe like 12. I ...more
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's like Lord of the Flies in Disneyworld. It also reminded me of Cory Doctorow's work. Not just Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, but "When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth" too.

It's a shame they whitewashed the cover, because the racial and ethnic diversity is pretty good. At least in comparison to other things. Two thousand kids and no mention of anyone with a disability. Older kids hooking up, with no hint that any of them are or could be gay.

While there are female characters with important roles
Apr 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: middle school and up
As a 13-year-old trapped in a 40-year-olds body, I have to say that THIS is what I call a Good Read. (And my son, who really IS 13 year's old, agrees with me.) While elements of the book were familiar--though that's probably true of all stories--there were unique twists that put this one a cut above others in the genre. The relationships between characters ring true, there are enough twists to surprise and delight, and the details of the theme park were well imagined and interesting in and of th ...more
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