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SYLO (The SYLO Chronicles Series #1)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

After reading D.J. Machale's series "Pendragon" (all 1

After reading D.J. Machale's series "Pendragon" (all 10 books) and absolutely loving it, when I found out that he had a new book out I was quick to purchase it. The synopsis seemed decent but I didn't expect the book to live up to the greatness that was Pendra...
After reading D.J. Machale's series "Pendragon" (all 10 books) and absolutely loving it, when I found out that he had a new book out I was quick to purchase it. The synopsis seemed decent but I didn't expect the book to live up to the greatness that was Pendragon but I decided to read it anyways. Not only did this book pass my expectations but it blew them away. If you enjoy mystery and suspense then you will absolutely love this book. Each page left you wanting to read the next. You will not be disappointed, must purchase from the most underrated author out.

posted by Anonymous on July 11, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

SYLO by D.J. MacHale was one of those books that I was totally p

SYLO by D.J. MacHale was one of those books that I was totally pumped to read!  Can you imagine being stranded on an island, segregated from the rest of civilization?  No communication with the outside world, and basically being quarantined on an island with no possible...
SYLO by D.J. MacHale was one of those books that I was totally pumped to read!  Can you imagine being stranded on an island, segregated from the rest of civilization?  No communication with the outside world, and basically being quarantined on an island with no possible exit.  And being told that it’s because people are dropping dead, and they don’t want the cause of these deaths to spread?

That’s basically what happens to Tucker, the other residents of Pemberwick Island, and vacationers.  One day, all is well and everyone is enjoying a great game of football, or a day on vacation, and the next minute, a whole feel of US military, who go by the name SYLO, invades the quiet island leaving this island not so peaceful and quiet.

But after Tucker and his friends witness a singing, shadowy type aircraft fly overhead, not only do they fear for their own safety, but the safety of their friends and family as well.  It appears that SYLO knows just what it is they are dealing with, but they are not too keen on sharing the information they have.  So Tucker and his gang take it upon themselves to solve the mystery of the singing aircraft, the reason for the appearance of SYLO, and what exactly the mysterious red crystals are that have washed up on their shores.

Like I said earlier, SYLO was a read that I was totally looking forward to.  I was ready for sci-fi goodness.  But what I was hoping for didn’t exactly meet my expectations.  Don’t get me wrong!  There were many parts in the book where I was completely engrossed and couldn’t tear my eyes away.  But then there were points where the story dragged for me, and I was having a difficult time in continuing with the book.

I will admit, there is quite a bit of action found within the pages.  Author, D.J. MacHale, does a great job in catching the reader’s attention.  Dangling just enough bait to suck you in, and don’t even get me started on the cliff hanger of an ending.

Even though this book had me tempted to put it down and not finish, the ending basically sealed the deal for me in wanting to find out what will happen next.  And even though there was no definite confirmation that there is anything to do with aliens (more like guesses and what if’s), there was enough left to keep the reader wondering if there was, in fact, some sci-fi action happening.

The characters found in SYLO were wonderfully written and all had their own individual personality.  Readers will have one they, I’m sure, will find a connection to.  There was a lot of humour found as well!  Whether it be conversations between the characters, or even the inner monologues, I did find myself chuckling quite a bit.

And yes, there were some emotional parts in SYLO for me to.  Okay yes, I’ll admit it!  I did tear up.  How could I not!  I can’t tell you what happened, nor disclose who it involved!  It would give away some of the build-up in the beginning to midway of the story.  But you’ll know what I mean when you get to it!

All in all, SYLO by D.J. MacHale was a decent read.  Although my main argument would have to be the pacing in some parts of the story, I for one am looking forward to the second installment in this book.  I need to know what exactly is going on!

posted by chapterxchapter on July 5, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    Better than hunger games

    Would make a great action movie

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

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    SYLO by D.J. MacHale was one of those books that I was totally p

    SYLO by D.J. MacHale was one of those books that I was totally pumped to read!  Can you imagine being stranded on an island, segregated from the rest of civilization?  No communication with the outside world, and basically being quarantined on an island with no possible exit.  And being told that it’s because people are dropping dead, and they don’t want the cause of these deaths to spread?

    That’s basically what happens to Tucker, the other residents of Pemberwick Island, and vacationers.  One day, all is well and everyone is enjoying a great game of football, or a day on vacation, and the next minute, a whole feel of US military, who go by the name SYLO, invades the quiet island leaving this island not so peaceful and quiet.

    But after Tucker and his friends witness a singing, shadowy type aircraft fly overhead, not only do they fear for their own safety, but the safety of their friends and family as well.  It appears that SYLO knows just what it is they are dealing with, but they are not too keen on sharing the information they have.  So Tucker and his gang take it upon themselves to solve the mystery of the singing aircraft, the reason for the appearance of SYLO, and what exactly the mysterious red crystals are that have washed up on their shores.

    Like I said earlier, SYLO was a read that I was totally looking forward to.  I was ready for sci-fi goodness.  But what I was hoping for didn’t exactly meet my expectations.  Don’t get me wrong!  There were many parts in the book where I was completely engrossed and couldn’t tear my eyes away.  But then there were points where the story dragged for me, and I was having a difficult time in continuing with the book.

    I will admit, there is quite a bit of action found within the pages.  Author, D.J. MacHale, does a great job in catching the reader’s attention.  Dangling just enough bait to suck you in, and don’t even get me started on the cliff hanger of an ending.

    Even though this book had me tempted to put it down and not finish, the ending basically sealed the deal for me in wanting to find out what will happen next.  And even though there was no definite confirmation that there is anything to do with aliens (more like guesses and what if’s), there was enough left to keep the reader wondering if there was, in fact, some sci-fi action happening.

    The characters found in SYLO were wonderfully written and all had their own individual personality.  Readers will have one they, I’m sure, will find a connection to.  There was a lot of humour found as well!  Whether it be conversations between the characters, or even the inner monologues, I did find myself chuckling quite a bit.

    And yes, there were some emotional parts in SYLO for me to.  Okay yes, I’ll admit it!  I did tear up.  How could I not!  I can’t tell you what happened, nor disclose who it involved!  It would give away some of the build-up in the beginning to midway of the story.  But you’ll know what I mean when you get to it!

    All in all, SYLO by D.J. MacHale was a decent read.  Although my main argument would have to be the pacing in some parts of the story, I for one am looking forward to the second installment in this book.  I need to know what exactly is going on!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

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    Okay, I'm a bit iffy on this one. I picked it up from the librar

    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 tossing this and that into the story, a lot that could have been left out and instead of veering around, gotten straight into it. I haven't read anything else from him, so I don't know if this is his writing style or not.

    The story itself is interesting, I really liked the idea the author had and parts of the follow-thru with it. But so much is touched on than just let go. The parents...I know there is more to them, but what?

    I look forward to the second book in the SYLO series, because the author has grabbed my interest, especially in the last chapter of this book and I want to know more. I feel that some cutting down on this book would have really made it shine.

    I recommend this book to anyone 12+. It's a great mystery with a hint of dystopia and more of that to come in the next installment.

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  • Posted October 21, 2013

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    Sylo was not the type of book I usually read and, I was excited

    Sylo was not the type of book I usually read and, I was excited about that. I was written in a boy's POV, featured the military, and wasn't dystopian or post-apocalyptic. In other words, I'd never really read a book like this before.

    Our story begins with a football game and an ordinary boy who wanted to be anything but extraordinary. Tucker Pierce is the worst player on the team and doesn't mind sitting on the bench for most of every game. Tucker has no problem staying on Pemberwick Island for the rest of his life. And that was the plan, before the U.S. Navy invaded. But something isn't quite right, even if they were quarantined, they should still have communication with the main land....

    I liked Tucker well enough. He's just your average fourteen year old boy, so the fact that he wanted nothing more than to never leave Pemberwick didn't bother me. However, to be honest, Tori got on my nerves a little bit. Why she wouldn't talk for half the book is beyond me. I felt like there was actually a reason behind her reluctance but, apparently, there isn't. Kent was a jerk. When push came to shove, and he was required to do something life-threatening, he turned out to be nothing more than a wimp. Tucker, who had never wanted to something big in his life, bucked up and was brave. Kent turned into a wimp who only kept helping because of a girl. Pathetic. I was actually hoping Kent would become a good friend of Tucker's but he remained the same scumbag presented to us in the first chapter. I have no respect for him whatsoever.

    Sylo was well-written and the story kept moving at a consistent pace - not slow but not fast. This book did make me angry though. From the moment the military invaded, I was filled with complete outrage and just having to read about the soldiers made my blood boil. But, Sylo wasn't the tense, bomb-dropping book I expected, which was disappointing. And while I can't say the pacing was slow, I wish there hadn't been as much down time. Even in the midst of action it felt like the events were still moving at the same pace Tucker would use to walk down the street.

    The ending wasn't all that surprising. I mean, when they finally did get to the main land, we were supposed to somehow be surprised that it was all torn up. Honestly, I expected it to be ruined. Unlike the characters, I didn't expect people to be there so the ending was a little meh, for me.

    All in all, Sylo was good but I wouldn't say it was amazing either.

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