14 September 2013

{Book Review} SYLO by D.J. MacHale

By: Me My Shelf And I | 14 September 2013 at 12:05 AM | | | | | | | | |

The SYLO Chronicles #1
Author: D.J. MacHale
Release Date:
July 2, 2013
4 Stars

Does Tucker Pierce have what it takes to be a hero when the U.S. military quarantines his island?
Fourteen-year-old Tucker Pierce prefers to fly under the radar. He’s used to navigating around summer tourists in his hometown on idyllic Pemberwick Island, Maine. He’s content to sit on the sidelines as a backup player on the high school football team. And though his best friend Quinn tells him to “go for it,” he’s too chicken to ask Tori Sleeper on a date. There’s always tomorrow, he figures. Then Pemberwick Island is invaded by a mysterious branch of the U.S. military called SYLO. And sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option for Tucker, because tomorrow may never come.
It’s up to Tucker, Quinn, and Tori to uncover the truth about the singing aircraft that appears only at night—and the stranger named Feit who’s pushing a red crystal he calls the Ruby that brings unique powers to all who take it. Tucker and his friends must rescue not just Pemberwick Island, but the fate of the world—and all before tomorrow is too late. 
#1 New York Times bestselling author D.J. MacHale brings his brilliant plotting and breathless pacing to SYLO, the first in this ultimate end-of-the-world adventure trilogy.

SYLO begins with a death. A high school football star at the top of his game drops dead on the field after talking crazy to Tucker Pierce. He’s freaked out, like anyone would be. To calm his mind he goes for a midnight bike ride. While I am not a fan of biking, I have a history of nighttime wanderings when I am unsettled. So in this moment, just a few pages into SYLO, I connected with Tucker. And then I further connected with his ‘background’ status of not wanting attention—though not quite for the same reasons.

Then more mysteries accumulated. More deaths. Creepy, advanced aircrafts. Vague and cryptic mutterings from side characters. As one mystery is solved, more are revealed. And even characters and situations you thought you had figured out, slam you with an unexpected twist. As someone that has never really been into mysteries, I was surprised at how much I got into SYLO.

Plus, can I say holy-speed-boat-action-sequences Batman!?!?!? They were super intense. I was kind of stressed out whenever there were boats involved.

The only thing I wasn’t gung-ho on, was the language had a tendency to slip into simple “I’m just gonna go ahead and tell you exactly what’s happening,” instead of being visual and letting the reader understand from the environment. But overall, this didn’t bother me too much—definitely not enough to kill my desire to solve the mysteries of Pemberwick Island.




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