Thursday, October 10, 2013

SYLO by DJ MacHale

SYLO by DJ MacHale
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill

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.  -

This one seems like it's received some mixed reviews.  Some people don't appear to like it, but I loved it.  I thought the premise was very interesting, and the entire book was just very exciting to read.  There is a lot of action in this book, which makes kind of difficult to get bored or lose interest.  Things just seem to be happening the entire time.

I was worried at first that I wouldn't connect to the main character Tucker because he was so young.  This is the first time I've really read a story where the character was fourteen and not at least sixteen or seventeen, but I needn't have worried.  He was a great narrator, and I loved how smart and brave he was.  He didn't start that way, but you do get to see the progression and evolution of his character in a very gratifying way.

I also adored Tori.  This is one tough girl who is no nonsense.  She was brave, yes, but also smart.  There's nothing stupid or over-emotional about her, which I found very refreshing.  She was a firecracker.  I just liked the dynamic between all the characters. 

I never expected the story's mystery to be what it turned out to be.  That really was a surprised, and one I was pleasantly surprised with.  I'm usually able to figure things out, but this was one really did shock me.  My brain had been going a completely other direction.  Yet, even at the end, I still don't know the whole story and not everything has been revealed.  It had quite the cliffhanger to it.

The writing was fast-paced and very engaging.  I really liked this one.



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