Book Review: Sylo (Sylo#1) by D. J. MacHale


Sylo (Sylo#1) by D. J. MacHale

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Science Fiction and Young Adult

Release Date: July 2, 2013

Pages: 407 (Hardcover)

good good

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.


After reading Sylo, I feel like the events that happened to Tucker and his friends could possibly happen to my precious city. That’s just how realistic everything in the novel is. The setting is a small town which is typical but the ending made up for that and so did the killer plot.

What I didn’t like about the book was that the writing sounds a little too mature for the main character and the constant repetition about ‘The First Death’ and “We’re being left in the dark” etc. just got really bothersome and I found myself skipping a few pages because that’s all they talk about. Sylo could have been cut down but at least thirty because of this or more answers could have been answered.

There is a romance in the novel but it takes the back seat the whole time, giving way to the super secretive evil-murderer people who are trying to take over the island. The plot itself is so exciting and realistic and for the most part, so are the characters. Tori and Tucker take the lead and even though they’re just teens, they show tremendous strengths and courage to save their home.

Anyway, this is such a fun novel! I need to get my hands on Storm and find out what happens to Tori and Tucker and how they get answers! I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys science fiction novels and quite a few deaths along the way.

3.5 Dreamy Clouds
3.5 Dreamy Clouds

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