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 ...more
4 SOLID STARS!
SYLO by D.J. MacHale
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...more
I, on the other hand, was more of the "blending in" type. I stood a good head shorter than Quinn and kept my ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Thank goodness I have the entire series so I can keep right on reading and find out what the heck is going on!
There's a great build up of clues as to what is going on & we find out most at the end. It's kind of a cliff-hanger, which I detest, but it's also pretty obvious this is a trilogy going in. The first major hurdle is a ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.)
(view spoiler)[I'm totally pissed they killed who they killed - I won't even say who ...more
Right off the bat we know that there is some freaky stuff going on on Pemberwick Island. This quaint littl ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This is not a book for patient people, because question ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
It's been so long since I last read a good ol' suspense thriller like this, and wow, that was incredible. Hold on, I need to catch my breath.
Alright, all good.
Firstly, NO WORDS CAN DO THIS BOOK JUSTICE. IT WAS AMAZING, for lack of a better word, as well as suspenseful. But the best thing SYLO is its mystery. No, seriously. This book left me with so many questions, answers a few at the end and...SORRY I CAN'T OMG...
While not answering is a strength, it’s also a weakness. Are a few e ...more
Tucker Pierce and his high school friends live on an island 5 miles off the coast of Maine. Its principle livelihood is lobsters and tourists. Tucker loves it there, until things go weird. A strange crystal shows up that can turn you into a super human and then kill you. Soon after, the military arrives and quarantines the island, cutting it off from outside communication. Eerie aircraft appear, with killer rays. Pierce and his friends try to fin ...more
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 steakhouse...in between playing football and running track. D.J. then attended N ...more