SciFi Book Review: SYLO

SYLO by D.J. MacHale

THEY CAME FROM THE SKY 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.

LOOK TO THE SKY because Pemberwick is only the first stop.

Tucker is an average teen thrust into an incredible situation. He doesn’t always make wise decisions, especially when he tries out a recreational drug that he suspects led to the death of a classmate. But when the island is suddenly quarantined, there seems to be more going on than an outbreak. And Tucker is immediately suspicious. The clues don’t add up. And instead of answers, he uncovers more and more layers of secrets and lies.

SYLO is first in a science fiction trilogy for young adults. These are pre-apocalyptic events that lead up to the next installment. Fast-paced, the suspense is intense and non-stop. While we don’t receive a lot of answers yet, there is plenty of mystery, drama, and intrigue. This is the start of a unique series – unpredictable and exciting.

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