Title: SYLO (Book 1 of The SYLO Chronicles)
Author: D.J. MacHale
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Age Rating: Readers above the age of 12, specifically boys
My Opinion: 6/10
Are you looking for an action-packed novel to read over the summer vacation? SYLO, by D.J. MacHale, is filled with explosions, high-speed chases, fighting, and more.
Tucker Pierce lives on Pemberwick Island, Maine, and enjoys riding the bench on the varsity football team, as well as going on midnight bike rides with his best friend, Quinn. However, Tucker's peaceful lifestyle is thrown out of wack when a branch of the United States Military, called SYLO, quarantines Pemberwick Island due to a mysterious "virus". All communications are cut off from the outside world - no phones, Internet access, or live television. When a so-called drug dealer offers Tucker a performance enhancer called Ruby, Tucker discovers that there is no virus on Pemberwick Island. He, Quinn, and their friend, Tori, investigate the real reason why the US Military invaded the island. After being captured and put in jail, they end up in the middle of a war zone and try to escape through flames and wreckage while being shot at. Will Tucker and his friends make it out alive and discover the secrets of SYLO?
|D.J. MacHale's ending to SYLO|
|Storm, the sequel to SYLO|
What SYLO lacks in depth and originality is made up for through mystery and adventure. Although I could not sympathize with Tucker throughout his adventures, I wanted to find out what he would do next in order to survive. The most interesting part of the novel is Tucker's relationship with his parents, who know a lot more about the SYLO organization than they initially let on.
I would recommend Sylo to boys between the ages of 12 and 18. It has a movie-like quality in that there is always another explosion or surprise to come. Sylo definitely leaves readers hanging at the end of the book, finishing with "To be continued...". It is part of The SYLO Chronicles trilogy, followed by Storm, which will be released on March 18, 2014. D.J. MacHale has also written the vastly popular Pendragon series. Make sure you check your library for this thrilling new novel.