Thursday, June 27, 2013

Excerpt + giveaway: The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke


I'd like to thank Itching for Books for allowing me to participate in this tour. Today I have an excerpt for you and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end =)

 You can see the complete tour list here. 
 
Published Date:May 21st 2013
Publisher: Disney/Hyperion
Purchase:  Amazon

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With her weak eyes and useless lungs that often leave her gasping for air, Nere feels more at home swimming with the dolphins her mother studies than she does hanging out with her classmates. Nere has never understood why she is so much more comfortable and confident in the water than on land until the day she learns the shocking truth—she is one of a group of kids who have been genetically altered to survive in the ocean. These products of the "Neptune Project" are supposed to build a better future under the waves, safe from the terrible famines and wars and that rock the surface world.
But there are some big challenges ahead of her: no one ever asked Nere if she wanted to be part of a science experiment; the other Neptune kids aren't exactly the friendliest bunch, and in order to reach the safe haven of the new Neptune colony, Nere and her fellow mutates must swim across hundreds of miles of dangerous ocean, relying on their wits, their loyal dolphins and one another to evade terrifying undersea creatures and a government that will stop at nothing to capture the Neptune kids ... dead or alive.
Fierce battle and daring escapes abound as Nere and her friend race to safety in this action-packed marine adventure.

Excerpt: 

      I reach out with my mind to contact the dolphins. I hope they aren't too far away. 

      :Mariah, a boat just sank. The crew may need our help.:
      Mariah's mind stirs at my touch. :We heard the explosion up the coast from us.:
     :Their boat went down near the point where the bat rays like to feed.:
      :We will meet you on the way there.: she promises me.

      Walking as fast as my burning lungs will allow, I finally reach the dolphin dock. My heart pounds even faster as I study the harbor. I see no sign of movement on the fishing boats tied up at the pier. The stone cottages on the hillside above us are dark and still. The hardworking fisher folk of Goleta obey our government's curfew. Only smugglers- and desperate friends of smugglers -  are reckless enough to defy it. 
       Stepping down into my mother's zode, I see Cam has already disconnected its electric motor from the solar panels on the dock. The batteries should give us plenty if juice to reach Reynard Point and get back safely- assuming we don't run into an armed Marine Guard vessel somewhere along the way. 
       Cam switches on the silence motor. Just as we pull away from the dock, a small shape hurtles through the air to land in the middle of the boat. The zode rocks from the weight of our new passenger. 
        Cam's little brother, Robry, grins at me, his teeth a flash of white in the moonlight. "Hi, Nere."
        "Hi yourself," I say.
         Cam points the boat back toward the dock. "Nuh-uh. This is not happening, squid-face. There's no way you are coming with us."
         "I can handle the boat while you two look for survivors with the dolphins. You know you can use an extra hand, especially if someone's hurt."
Robry's right and Cam knows it.
        "All right," he agrees after a long moment. "But if we see any sign of the Marine Guard, you're going to jump overboard, head for shore and hide until this is over."
        "I promise," Robry says with uncustomary meekness, but he grins at me again as he crawls forward.




About Polly:
Polly Holyoke has been imagining stories since she was in fifth grade. When she isn’t writing, Polly loves reading, camping, skiing, scuba diving and hiking in the desert (where she quite stupidly got herself bitten by a rattlesnake). She lives with three rescue dogs, two spoiled cats and a nice husband who is tolerant about the piles of books all over their house. Her debut middlegrade novel, THE NEPTUNE PROJECT, is the story of a young girl leading a group of genetically altered teens fighting to survive in the sea. She is thrilled that this novel will be published by Disney/Hyperion and Puffin Books UK summer, 2013. She thinks the best part about being an author is going to work in her sweatpants and getting paid for daydreaming!

You can also find Polly on:  Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

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1 comment :

  1. Really cool excerpt. Thanks for participating :)

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