Blog Tour Stop: THE NEPTUNE PROJECT by Polly Holyoke

Hi Ya'll!! Today I'm hosting the Blog Tour for The Neptune Project!

The Neptune ProjectNere 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 have a interview with the author down below!!

Q: Will this be a series?
I hope so. Disney Hyperion is considering buying the sequel. The good news is that I have already finished Neptune 2: The Corridors of Atlantea, and Puffin UK has purchased it. Cross you fingers for me. I really love this second book, and I’m hoping that my American fans will have a chance to read it, too.
Q: What inspired you to write this type of story?
I’ve always loved dolphins and the sea, and I’ve been growing increasingly worried about the way we are polluting our world. At the rate we are fouling our land, it just seems logical to me that someday we may have to colonize the oceans that cover 5/6ths of our planet.
Q: Do you wish that you could have the same powers as Nere?
Nere is a telepath, which sounds really cool, but in reality, I think that being able to read other people’s thoughts would be a terrible burden. We’re probably all happier NOT knowing what our friends and family are thinking about us!
Q: Did you listen to music while writing? If so, what music did you listen to?
I try not to listen to music because it influences my mood. Writing certain scenes in THE NEPTUNE PROJECT made me laugh and others made me cry. I do get completely caught up in my writing. I’m not sure if that means I’m a good writer, or if that means I need psychiatric treatment!
Q: What sort of research did you do for the book?
I read tons of books on oceanography in general and dolphins in particular.  I spent quite a bit of time on the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary website and various scuba diving websites. But my favorite research by far was swimming with domesticated dolphins in Florida and wild spinner dolphins in Hawaii. I’ll never forget listening to the amazing range of whistles and squeaks the spinners made as they communicated with each other.
Q: In what direction do you hope to take this series?
A profitable one. No seriously, in the second book we find out more about Dai and his companions and the mysterious, unscrupulous scientist who created them. In the final book my Neptune kids take on the challenge of trying to save our entire planet from global warming.
Q:  Will Dai and Nere’s relationship unfold?
Ah, that’s the big question. Will Nere end up with kind, steady Tobin or mercurial Dai? I’m not sure yet. In fact, I’m not entirely sure that both characters will survive to the end of the series. It’s a dangerous world down there in the sea for these Neptune kids! You’ll just have to stay tuned.

Well now, we have to pester Disney Hyperion to buy the sequel, don't we!?

My review of the book: 
This book was a wonderful read, super fast paced and filled with information that makes the interesting and doesn't make it boring. I love the character dynamics, and the whole idea of kids with gills. And the character development that happened was beautifully executed. I enjoyed it very much and ya'll will too!!

Polly Holyoke
Polly Holyoke grew up in Colorado, where she spent her childhood skiing, camping, reading, and dreaming up fantastical stories. Polly went on to graduate from Middlebury College and become a middle school social studies teacher. She lives in Plano, Texas with her husband and their two daughters, as well as two cats, two Chihuahuas, and a Beagle.

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  1. Great interview. Thanks for participating :)

  2. Please please please please pick us ;) we want to read it and then review it! Love you see you soon!

  3. Oh, man, I've been wondering for days if there will be a sequel. Fingers crossed that Disney will pick it up!! Great interview, Alex!!

    1. We will have to pester Disney for these things. Thanks Mary!!!!