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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 frie
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Published July 2nd 2013 by Razorbill
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SYLO by D.J. MacHale
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: July 2nd 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the author

As I always I get to judge the cover...but this time complimenting it.I really like the cover,especially the missiles at the top,so awesome:)


SYLO/ is the first book in The SYLO Chronicles.It is a full action-pack adventure dystopian somehow novel with some pretty kick-ass characters and suspense moments.From what I could get,this is a middle grade action book,but

Wendy Darling
DNF around 50 pages. There might've been an entertaining story in here, but the writing style is too much like an adult/parent relaying to another adult how a teenager might behave, rather than feeling like a 14-year-old's natural language, observations, and actions. This doesn't mean the main character is more witty or intelligent than average, btw, we are actually told this on page 10:

I, on the other hand, was more of the "blending in" type. I stood a good head shorter than Quinn and kept my
Almost a 4 star, SYLO starts off as your run of the mill YA sci-fi mystery but it ends up being much more complex than expected. I did really enjoy it, but I found that 1) we didn't get enough answers even for a first book in a series and 2) it could have done with 50 or so less pages - which is likely linked to 1).

A strong aspect of this novel is how the beginning chapters really pull you into the story. Being engaged from the start is a wanted feat that is not often achieved. MacHale does this
I...can't. I felt like I was reading a bad middle-grade novel.
Lexie Robinson Austin
This review is of the Advanced Readers Copy of SYLO by D.J. MacHale, due in stores on July 2, 2013.

Bad news D.J. MacHale fans. SYLO is a stinker. BIG TIME.
Let me preface this that I’ve read a few of his Pendragon books, and while they weren’t exactly my cup of tea, I could still enjoy them and recommend them to my young library patrons. I will not be recommending SYLO to anyone. In my opinion, MacHale has never been a strong writer, but his action packed plot lines and likeable characters made
Jun 16, 2014 Annie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Annie by: Uncle Press. Who else?
First Look:I wanted to read this because D.J. MacHale wrote it. He wrote the Pendragon series, which is one of my all-time favorites, and Morpheus Road, which I really enjoyed, so I'll read whatever he puts out, at this point. Because of that, I had high expectations--probably unreasonably high. If D.J. MacHale wasn't the author, I would have bypassed this one. The premise is all too familiar, and a dystopian/sci-fi novel like this has to have a very unique premise before I'll pick it up.

Kathy Martin
D. J. MacHale is EVIL! He has written a page-turning thriller narrated by a sympathetic main character and raised more questions than he has answered.

Tucker Pierce is a high school freshman on the island of Pemberwick, Maine. He and his family moved there after his father lost his job as a civil engineer in Greenwich, Connecticut. His dad has a gardening business and his mom is a free-lance accountant. Tucker loves the island with its tourists and beaches. His best friend Quinn can hardly wait
Tamora Pierce
Suppose you'd spent most of your teenaged life on a small island off the shore of Maine, where the winters are bitterly cold and windy, and the summers are loaded with tourists and jobs spent waiting on them. You'd give anything to get off the island, wouldn't you?

The truth is, the only time under-achiever Tucker really wants to leave is when he has to stand in for the senior who's the football team's top pick. Unlike his best friend, he likes the island. He's only lived there five years, but he
Allen Alvarado

I’ve read many of DJ’s books, especially since ten of them are Pendragon novels, and I happen to be a long time Traveler. That journey was a rollercoaster ride, the best one any book series has ever taken me on.

I read the first installment of the Morpheus Road trilogy, and I was impressed. I hardly get scared by anything, and that book kept me up at night long after I had finished it. Unfortunately, I missed the release of the last two, and I don’t frequent book stores as often as I’d like to,
While Sylo intrigued me with an interesting premise and an exciting ending, I did have some problems with it.

Tucker lives on Pemberwick Island off the coast of Maine. It's a vacation spot, but Tucker is a full-timer. Tucker is a freshman football player who sits the bench until the star player drops dead at the end of a football game. The autopsy gives no indication of why he died.

Now Tucker is thrust into a starting situation, and there's no way he can compete. A strange man offers Tucker a sup
3.5, rounded up because it got better as it went.

As has happened with DJ MacHale in the past, I was totally surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Which is not to say I LOVED it, and is definitely not to say it changed my life, but it was entertaining and, once I got into it, pretty tough to put down. (Mind you, it took until at least halfway through to be that engaging, but even before it was interesting.)

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Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
Sep 24, 2013 Stella ☢FAYZ☢ Chen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Virals by Kathy Reichs or the TV show Haven
There are many words I could use to describe SYLO. I could say it was thrilling, tense, and explosive, but those would merely be goodwords. The best words I thought SYLO demonstrated were: "as refreshing as an ocean breeze." I am not joking. Those words were taken right out of the notes I took while I was reading the book. It is a bit of an odd description, if you were to compare it to the previous three words. Sure, the book had me holding my breaths and clenching my fist, but I'm going to tell ...more
You live on an vacation island off the coast of Maine, where some residents are all year residents and most are there for the summer. Nothing really happens.

Then, a star high school athlete who seems to be a man playing against school children dies during the best game of his career. Commandos wearing a SYLO patch on their shoulders parachute out of helicopters and land on your island and declare martial law. The President of the United States comes on television and says your island, your litt
Lets start with the basics. SYLO is fantastic and you should read it.

Now that that's out of the way, if you're wondering why SYLO is so great then I'd recommend you keep reading.

SYLO is a fantastic book filled with tons of action, mysteries, and shocking events. It's a great book to get reluctant readers hooked into, like Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, this book never slows down. So if you're looking for something that will absolutely captivate you until the last page, then this is the bo
Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
Tucker Pierce is your average teenager. Living on picture perfect Pemberwick Island, his greatest problem is to get Tori Sleeper to notice him. While out bike riding at night with his best friend, they encounter a light show and an explosion that seemed to be out of this world. Next thing he knows, the government has seized his tiny little town and has held them under supervision. The more he uncovers, the more questions he needs answers to.

This is not a book for patient people, because question
Strange things are happening on Pemberwick Island. First, the star quarterback suddenly dies during a game. Several more unexplained deaths occur shortly after. An unknown man turns up offering a red crystal called "Ruby" that supposedly gives the individual ingesting it immediate superhuman strength. Then, local kid Tucker and his friend Quinn witness an extraordinary spectacle: a mysterious black ship flying towards the island over the ocean, emitting a strange musical tone. Finally, the milit ...more
May 16, 2014 Kaitie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Maze Runner fans
Recommended to Kaitie by: My local library
So I liked this book, I will definitely be moving on to the next book at some point. However I do agree with some people when they said that not enough was revealed in this 1st book. I would have like a bit more explanation as to what the whole situation was. On another note, I don't agree with most others when they say that his teenage characters are dumbed down. I actually think it is the opposite, he does what a lot of YA authors do and what I like to call, 20 for 17. Lot's of YA authors tend ...more
Jenni Arndt
It seems like I am having much more luck with some of the books I am reading lately than a lot of my fellow bloggy friends. Just like Undercurrent, I went into SYLO very wary because I had seen very middling and even some negative reviews for it. Maybe the trepidation this situation makes me go into books with is what is paying off because I had so much fun with SYLO from the very beginning.

Right off the bat we know that there is some freaky stuff going on on Pemberwick Island. This quaint littl
It was before I started blogging, so no one here knows that I was a fan of the Pendragon series. (Albeit one who was perpetually disappointed it wasn't more Arthurian. Oh, those initial expectations!) Thus D.J. MacHale's name was enough to make me pick up a dystopian novel.

However, SYLO isn't much of a dystopian. There's certainly creepy government control, but it happens here and now. Jimmy Kimmel is still a thing. It's more of a thriller with possible aliens. (No one in the book mentions that
Okay, I'm a bit iffy on this one. I picked it up from the library earlier this one, because I had some down time coming up. I even started another book and put it down because this one just kept calling to me. Unfortunately, even though parts grabbed me, there was a whole lot of the book that just didn't.

The book starts off just fine. You are introduced to your characters, you get a feel for them. There is mystery, than BAM, quarantine. From there it feels like the author was just kind of tossin
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I have never read the Pendragon series, despite the fact, that it's been on my radar for so long. That being said, this is the first book I've read by D.J. MacHale and it certainly won't be the last. MacHale crafts an interesting story in Sylo from start to finish and I definitely have a feeling that readers will quickly become hooked right from the start. Even though Sylo is an entertaining book, I still have a few issues with it.

I was hook
Amanda Vieira
I did not like this book. I read the advanced readers copy and I absolutely hated it. It was just horrible.

Let me explain a little, there was no set pace for this story. One minute absolutely nothing was happening then the next everything was happening. The characters would make huge discoveries right after they asked the question. Then something else would happen and the it would be back to turtle pace again. It was so annoying and confusing. Because of this horrible pace I could not keep track
I have a very very amazing history with DJ MacHale that he isn't aware of. When I was younger and everyone was getting Harry Potter for Christmas, I got a boxed set of his Pendragon series, books 1 2 3. I instantly started book 1 and fell in love with them. By then 4 books were released so I read the first 4, and every year after that I got the newest Pendragon book for Valentine's Day from my mom. That was my childhood and as far as I'm concerned, I grew up with Bobby Pendragon instead of Harry ...more
FIRST IMPRESSION:: Yes! This is the kind of “Chapter One” I like. Start off with a bang and don't beat around the bush with unnecessary pretense! A perfectly healthy, all-star football player, Marty Wiggins, drops dead after celebrating the final touchdown in a blowout game. And that was just the first death in a "Night of Deaths." Our main character, the all-stars back up, who's more interested in cheerleaders than football. A not-so-obvious hero. A possible villain - a surfer-looking guy scrib ...more
Mrs. Kenyon
Pemberwick Island is a small community off the coast of Maine. Tucker Pierce is happy there. His family moved there five years earlier and unlike other teens on the island, he has no plans to leave. Then the star football player dies at the end of a game and he needs to step up and be the replacement. A stranger named Feit offers him a nutritional supplement called Ruby and tells Tucker that it will give him strength and speed naturally and legally. Tucker has small problems. Should he take the ...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I received this book from Librarything in exchange for an honest review.

I'll admit I didn't finish this book. I'm giving it an extra star because there are some interesting ideas, but it moves extremely slowly, and the characters just didn't grab me. I made it through 100 pages.

Sylo by DJ MacHale is about Tucker Pierce, a 14 year old boy, who lives on an island secluded from the rest of the world. Two people mysteriously die, and then the military swarm the place, putting the island in quarantin
Once Upon
A true storyteller, Mr. MacHale composes a tale within SYLO that reiterates his stance as a top author in today’s literature industry. Filled with his usual suspense and emotional action scenes, a unique world is built to fully capture the reader’s imagination. Also you never seem able to take a break from this book it’s just so fast paced. The writing style makes it seem like a breeze when transitioning between points in the story. The characters also attribute to the illustrious plot by being ...more
Kara Trevlac
D. I. MacHale offers a crazy thrill ride in his newest novel, SYLO. Tucker is a normal kid with normal friends, and loves his life on Pemberwick Island, a small island off the coast of Maine. But when a mysterious drug shows up, and the island is put under quarantine, Tucker begins to see that there's more to the life he's been living, and the people he can trust grows ever smaller.
I've long been a fan of D. J. MacHale, ever since the Pendragon books. When I was at the bookstore and saw his nam
I really, really liked this book. I have a hard time understanding some of the reviews I have read so far. As with all the other reviews I read (and given the book has not yet been officially released) I likewise received an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of SYLO by D. J. MacHale, and I am so glad I did. Because I loved it.

I will say, however, before my praises (and I have many, so read beyond this), that this book claims it is targeted for ages 10 and up. I would NOT allow my 10-year-old to read th
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When looking through the author signings for Book Expo America, I stumbled upon SYLO and thought it sounded interesting. So, naturally, I went to the signing and got a copy.

SYLO follows Tucker Pierce, a high school freshman living in a small town on Pemberwick Island. At the beginning of SYLO, Tucker is warming the bench at a football game when one of the players, Marty Wiggins, mysteriously drops dead at the end of the game.
“It was the night of
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D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series and movies.

He was raised in Greenwich, CT and graduated from Greenwich High School. While in school, he had several jobs including collecting eggs at a poultry farm, engraving sports trophies and washing dishes in a between playing football and running track. D.J. then attended N
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