I received this book for free from Razorbill in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.SYLO by D.J. MacHale
Published by Razorbill on July 2, 2013
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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 is a great book, especially for boys. It’s got action, explosions, and confusing feelings about girls. It was definitely refreshing for me to read. I was even telling my hubby about it, and he said, “Wow, that seems like a movie or something we would watch.” I was like yep, and it would translate well into a tv series.
The characters were great. Tucker likes being average. Everything he does in this book he tries to think of how it affects others. He just wants a chance to live his life, and he doesn’t think that will happen with the invasion of SYLO. Quinn is awesome! He’s the kind of best friend everyone wants. He’s witty, and not afraid to push the limits. He also has some pretty deep thoughts when it comes to life. This guy was made for greatness. Tori is a rough around the edges girl. She can take care of herself, and doesn’t necessarily need the help of Tucker or Quinn. Some other characters are Olivia and Kent. I didn’t care for them at the beginning of the book, and by the end, I still didn’t really care for them.
There is complete mystery involved in every aspect of this book. We don’t really know what’s going on, and nobody is who they seem to be. Where did the Ruby come from? Why is SYLO keeping the island contained? They aren’t telling the residents a lot, and still, as the reader, you don’t really know what’s going on either. You think one thing, and an event happens that makes you change your thoughts. The same goes for the people, who can you trust? The people you thought were okay, seem less trustworthy.
Anyway, the book was great. The ending took me completely by surprise! I wasn’t expecting THAT at all!!! I do know that I can’t wait to read the next installment, Storm. Too bad I have to wait until MARCH!!!!
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