Google+ Reading Teen: SYLO by D.J McHale

Friday, December 6, 2013

SYLO by D.J McHale

Series: The SYLO Chronicles (Book 1)
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Razorbill (July 2, 2013)


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.


because Pemberwick is only the first stop.

So in this book there is a boy named, Tucker Pierce. He lives on Pemberwick Island off the coast of Maine. One day during his high school football game, the running back dropped dead. That night Tucker and his best friend Quinn go out for a midnight ride and see something that they weren't supposed to see; a singing air craft that flew toward Pemberwick and was shot down. Tucker meets a mysterious person who says he works for a sports company and they have developed a new product they call, Ruby.  He sampled it and it gave him impossible speed and strength.  Then at the festival, another person falls victim to the random-death-syndrome. A force called SYLO, a secret branch of the military came, claiming that they are there because of a virus that has spread to Pemberwick and have orders from the president to quarantine the island. No one comes, no one goes.  

So here's my verdict, I liked it. There was a lot of action and adventure. The mystery part didn't make  it feel like a mystery book, which is good cause I'm not really into mystery books. But here comes the problem train. There are 6 major problems with this book.  #6. It's written like a middle grade book in the YA section of the library.  #5. The fact that Tucker is an idiot  #4. The fact that there was a lot of death and misery (isn't that normally the third book's job? haha)  #3. The fact that Tucker took some random unknown substance from a complete stranger. #2. The fact that when they get hurt they don't really get hurt, like if they got shot, they would be skipping around without medical attention! #1. The fact that there is a lot of unnecessary cussing*.
Other that those 6, I liked it a lot and can't wait for book 2, STORM that comes out March 25 2014!

*d_mn, h_ll, a**



  1. +JMJ+

    For some reason, Tucker's taking an unknown substance from a stranger reminds me of Jack taking the magic beans. Not advisable in real life, but perfectly acceptable in a fantasy. ;-)

    I loved D.J. McHale's series Are You Afraid of the Dark? when I was growing up, but unfortunately, his books have always left me cold. I really wish that weren't so. Have you also seen the show?

  2. So glad you liked this one!

    Interesting that you mentioned #6. It never even occurred to me that Sylo was written like a middle grade. I read MacHale's previous series, Pendragon and the MC is also 14 years old when the series begins. There was still an innocence about his life and over the 10 books, the MC grew into a young adult...

    I wasn't a young adult when I was 14 and I appreciate DJ acknowledging that innocent sense of adventure that is so often lost once you become a freshman in high school...but not lost by everyone. The MC is 14. He's a teenager. This isn't a middle grade or a young adult as we now expect it to be but that brings up an interesting question about the category of young adult because really a young adult is the age bracket of what new adult is and TEEN is the age bracket of what young adult should be but no one wants to be a teen, they want to jump from middle grade to young adult and that's not the way it works…but it does when I walk into the bookstore because I don't see "Teen," plastered up, I see "Young Adult" and oh my am I rambling right now, I'm sorry. You just brought up a very interesting point and I'm trying to make sense of this...why a teen book isn't accepted in the young adult category…because it's not as mature as the rest of the books beside it? Is there a demand for teen books to not embrace the innocent 14 year old and instead be written as a more mature 16 or 17 year old and oh God I feel like I sound like a whining old lady but I'm only 23 so what do you think?


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