SYLO by D.J. MacHale

“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.”


I feel like I went into SYLO with too many expectations, and it really felt flat for me.

While reading it for the most part was getting very annoyed with the main characters and also felt if they were just a few years (even a year!) older I would have liked it a bit more. It just didn’t feel believable at all to me with what they were doing.

The only reason it got bumped up to 2 stars was that the end I really liked and might read the next book to see what happens…  Because I feel like if that was close to the beginning I would have liked it a whole lot more (while reading it I kept thinking now it’s getting interesting and then it would get really boring again on the next page).


2 stars.

Read from July 13 to 28, 2013.

Received a copy at TLA.


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