(reviewed by Megan Besing, EIR regular guest contributor)
What it’s about:
(from publisher Razorbill)
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.
The plot is simple. The town is barricaded off from the world. A strange substance makes rounds giving off super powers. Its only downfall seems to be…death. Yikes! Not a premise that makes me jump up and down, necessarily, but then I started reading about . . . football.
I enjoy football, sure, but I’m not in love with football. However, Sylo’s opening chapters made me love it. D.J. MacHale has a gift for drawing you away from reality and into the world he created.
What I enjoyed most about this book were the characters. Oh, boy, were they full of spunk!
Tucker, whose point of view you follow, just wants to live a normal life. Tucker doesn’t need to be anything special, he just wants to live and be happy. Instead, he is forced to become a ‘leader’ during an end-of-the-world scenario--definitely not on his to-do list! Quinn, his best friend, is the sarcastic brainiac. When the mess starts and the football ends they are focused in cahoots with Tori, the girl who keeps everything to herself. The ‘band’ is rounded out with Olivia, the hot one, and Kent the jock. It’s a ride in and of itself.
Who is SYLO? What are they really there for? Lies, betrayals, and deaths are only the beginning. Each chapter will keep you guessing until the end. And The Storm, the second book in The Sylo Chronicles, promises to bring the guessing game to a whole new level.
RATING: 4.6 Stars
CONTENT: Edgier nearing Edgiest (language and violence)