SciFi Book Review: Storm

Storm by DJ MacHale

After a harrowing escape from Pemberwick Island, Tucker Pierce and his surviving friends—Tori, Kent, and Olivia—have finally reached the mainland, only to find that no one is left.

That’s not their only sickening discovery. Moments before they are attacked by another of the mysterious black planes, they investigate one’s wreck and are horrified to find that it bears the logo of the U.S. Air Force. This can only mean one thing: the United States is at war with itself—the deadly technology of the Air Force against the brute force of the Navy’s SYLO unit, which still holds Pemberwick Island and its residents captive.

Tucker must lead his friends to safety, but his head is spinning. How can the Air Force be perpetuating such genocide against not only its own citizens, but the world? What is SYLO’s role in this, and why did Tucker’s parents betray him by allying with SYLO, whose commander, Captain Granger, killed Tori’s father at point-blank range? And what did his mother mean when she told him to trust no one?

Tucker, Tori, and friends set off cross-country on a quest for answers and, for Tucker, vengeance. But as one highway gives way to the next—and one death-defying escape precedes another—Tucker soon realizes that “trust no one” doesn’t just mean the U.S. military.

Tucker and his companions are just scared young teens, with all the crazy hormones that come with it. But they’re forced to grow up quickly and make hard decisions. Tucker is smart and doesn’t trust easily.

Storm is the second installment in a YA science fiction trilogy. This fast-paced thriller is full of danger, suspense, and intrigue. Tucker’s journey takes him across the US in search for survivors and answers. This latest novel was even more exciting than the previous. Readers finally learn more about SYLO, the attackers, and the war that has begun. But there’s still plenty left unanswered for the final installment.

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