Tessa’s Juvenile Series Review: SYLO by D. J. MacHale

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The first book in a new series, SYLO is action-packed with twists and turns that keep you guessing. This book will appeal to boys, since the main characters are boys, there isn’t a lot of romance, and there is heart-pounding, nonstop danger and suspense.


Set on an island similar to Martha’s Vineyard, the story begins when Tucker and Quinn, high school friends, witness a late night explosion off the cliffs. The whole incident is eerie, the thing that exploded totally alien in appearance, and the handling of the whole situation odd. But there’s no time to mull that over, more mayhem is on the way. Beginning with a football star, people start to die from an unknown virus and the island is quarantined, invaded, and blockaded by military.

Tucker likes a couple girls, but this is no sighing, crushing, vampire romance. These girls are intriguing and independent and maybe involved in the events. As the quarantine turns into a media blackout, people begin to panic. The military cracks down—and Tucker witnesses the officer in charge murder people in cold blood. Worst of all, Quinn and Tucker discover their parents are involved in whatever is going on. He and his friends realize they must escape and let outsiders know what is happening. By the same author as the popular Pendragon series, expect kids to ask for it and everyone to enjoy it. ~ Tessa ★ ★ ★ ½ 3.5 out of 5 stars

Author: Tessa

Tessa has been a reference librarian in the JDL Reference Department for more than eight years. A voracious reader, she reviews materials in many genres and formats, including science fiction and fantasy, mystery, historical fiction, nonfiction, and young adult. Join her on Good Reads, a free online place to keep track of your reads, share reviews with others, and find new titles. She and her husband enjoy reading, birding, and hiking.

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