Neptune's Children

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Reader reviewed by mearley

A mysterious biological weapon kills everyone past the age of puberty.  Josh and his little sister Maddie had been vacationing with their parents at the Isles of Wonder theme park when the attack hits.  Suddenly, they are left with hundreds of other children and young teens with no adults.  A core group of kids take charge and get everyone organized.  However, Josh soon suspects the leaders are hiding valuable information from the rest of the kids, so he tries to organize a rebellion.

Bonnie Dobkin has created a Lord of the Flies-in-Disneyworld novel that will keep readers enthralled.  Both boys and girls will enjoy this book that alternates between ultimate fantasy and ultimate nightmare.

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Neptune's Children
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Reader reviewed by Kristen

While reading this book I was reminded a bit of Lord of the Flies, only amusement
park style. What also came to mind was the graphic novel series Y: The
Last Man (in which all men but one die of a plague).

You follow
this story through Josh - a boy whose little sister Maddie has overcome
a bad illness and is going to live. They soon find their parents and
older sister dying, along with all the other adults. Right off the bat,
he talks to a girl named Zoe who has a little brother named Sam.

Things
are chaotic, kids just hanging around, sobbing, toddlers and babies
with no parents to take care of them. Then a boy finds the speaker
system and, through Neptune's voice, gathers the children together.

They
start to get organized and Josh becomes part of a core group of a kid
government, only it soon turns into a power trip for the leader - Milo.
Josh is torn between his relationship with Zoe and staying with the
group, but ultimately ends up with Zoe.

A year passes, things
seem organized and together, when suddenly the outside world seems to
have a spark again. They were too worried to travel out before, not
knowing what it would be like - crime wise and disease-wise. Only, Milo
doesn't want to lose power, but relents to sending out scouts to figure
out what is out there.

The question is how far is Milo willing to go to keep his power and how will Zoe and Josh be able to stop him?

I
just ate this book up. There was political intrigue, relationship
issues, and of course great sci-fi elements with the plague occurring
and the reactions to it. A great read and really makes you realize how
much living in an amusement park wouldn't be your greatest dream
granted.


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A "Roller-Coaster Ride" of a Book
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Reader reviewed by Alex

I loved this book! it was amazing, It is about this boy named Josh, his sister, Maddie, and his friends, Zoe and Milo. All of them are at a theme park with their parents and then all off the adults die for biological terrorism. Milo soon becomes "King Neptune" and rules the park with a group of kids called The Core, who are mainly park workers kids. They rule this Disney World-Like Park and when Zoe and Josh see a light from a cross the lake, they stage a very elaborate conspricy and kill a kid on accident.

Eventually Josh and Zoe figure this out and tell everyone. Milo and The Core deny it and cause everyone to revolt and attack the "land" that Josh and Zoe hide in.

Will Josh and Zoe escape? How do they deal with all of the deaths? What will happen when the other kids figure out about the conspricy?

Find out in the exciting cobination of "The Lord of the Flies" and "Animal Farm". This is a book you DO NOT WANT TO MISS!
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Sci-fi Animal Farm with kids
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Reader reviewed by Brenda

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 specialized knowledge of the park systems, just by listening to their parents talk about their work. Some children step up to become leaders and organize all the things that need to be done. A world without adults, it could be paradise for kids....or could it?

This was an engrosing and interesting book. It's very much like Animal Farm in that it examines the governing system that the kids work out and how it comes about. It looks at the personal relationships between the kids and looks at how people decide how to do the "right" thing. It was a really good book, but the idea of watching your parents die right in front of you, might be disturbing for younger readers. It's not
graphically mentioned but as time goes by, some of the older girls do become pregnant. It is fascinating how many of the kids form their own unrelated "families" with older children playing the role of parents.

If you think you can handle the more graphic scenes, you should read this book; it really gives you a lot to think about.
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