THEY CAME FROM THE SKY
parachuting out of military helicopters to invade Tucker Pierce’s idyllic hometown on Pemberwick Island, Maine.
They call themselves SYLO and they are a secret branch of the U.S. Navy. SYLO’s commander, Captain Granger, informs Pemberwick residents that the island has been hit by a lethal virus and must be quarantined. Now Pemberwick is cut off from the outside world.
Tucker believes there’s more to SYLO’s story. He was on the sidelines when the high school running back dropped dead with no warning. He saw the bizarre midnight explosion over the ocean, and the mysterious singing aircraft that travel like shadows through the night sky. He tasted the Ruby—and experienced the powers it gave him—for himself.
What all this means, SYLO isn’t saying. Only Tucker holds the clues that can solve this deadly mystery.
LOOK TO THE SKY
because Pemberwick is only the first stop.
Lets start with the basics. SYLO is fantastic and you should read it.
Now that that's out of the way, if you're wondering why SYLO is so great then I'd recommend you keep reading.
SYLO is a fantastic book filled with tons of action, mysteries, and shocking events. It's a great book to get reluctant readers hooked into, like Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, this book never slows down. So if you're looking for something that will absolutely captivate you until the last page, then this is the book for you.
On top of that, the characters are fantastic. These are not your typical cookie cutter YA protagonists that boldly go against the villain, wildly defeating the odds and the villain, who has had years of experience and preparation, only to be brought down by the random upstart young boy or girl. Instead SYLO is filled with a whole range of different characters. Some are incredibly smart, and yet wont be able to see the whole picture, like any normal human, thereby making a terrible mistake, costing lives. Other's are petty and scared to the point that they can't move, frozen in indecision. And finally there are others will are scared out of their minds but other factors will cause them to get the job done, not to win some great and amazing battle, but simply to survive.
On top of the above mentioned range of protagonists, there are other smaller characters (can't say who because that will give away spoilers) that readers will be shocked by their actions, leaving readers slack jawed dumbfounded, thereby adding to the shock and mystery element of SYLO.
But If you've ever read DJ MacHale's books before then you know that he loves to introduce little things alongside these shocking turn of events early on that will be important to the overall story in later books. These are the types of things that readers will barely glace at the first read but after book two and three are out, they are frantically rereading searching for these clues to see if they can see the chain of events. All in all it's a pretty impressive display of planning and literary talent.
All in all I really liked SYLO. I was engaged from the first pages, I liked the characters, and was truly shocked by some of the events that occurred in the story. I fully recommend SYLO to anyone looking for an exciting and engaging YA book, and personally I can't wait for the next book in the series, Storm.
Published: July 2, 2013