SYLO (The SYLO Chronicles Series #1)

SYLO (The SYLO Chronicles Series #1)

by D. J. MacHale


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The ultimate action-fueled end-of-the-world conspiracy trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author D.J. MacHale

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.
because Pemberwick is only the first stop.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595146663
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Series: SYLO Chronicles Series , #1
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 114,175
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile: HL680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

D.J. MacHale is the author of the bestselling book series Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure through Time and Space, the spooky Morpheus Road trilogy, and the whimsical picture book The Monster Princess.  He has written, directed, and produced numerous award-winning television series and movies for young people including Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Flight 29 Down, and Tower of Terror.  D.J. lives with his family in Southern California. You can visit him online at

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"I'm not sure anyone does suspense quite like D.J. MacHale. I ripped through the pages of SYLO, a relentlessly fast-paced, intriguing, expertly-written tale that leaves you breathless and satisfied, yet wanting more. Highly recommended." James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series
“SYLO will have your pulse racing and your head spinning. Make plans to stay up all night finishing it." Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of the Gone series

"SYLO is D.J. MacHale at his finest — he's crafted a book full of friendship, mystery and heart-pounding, spine-tingling adventure." Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author

“Packed with thrilling chases, daring escapes, and breathtaking action sequences, SYLO will grab the reader's attention from the first page and not let go until the final, stunning conclusion!”—Michael Carroll, author of The Quantum Prophecy
“I have no fingernails left! I chewed off every last one of them while I fretted over the fate of Tucker and his friends. Well done, Mr. MacHale."—PJ Haarsma, author of the Softwire series

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SYLO 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The great thing about science fiction is that you can create something youre not completely sure is possible and give it an explanation of your own design. In the SYLO chronicles DJ McHale jst lost my interest at points by nit utilizing the ability sci fi gives you and letting te story drag. Three forths of the way through nothing is much of a surpise and the characters become almost overly predictable. The book does, however acurately tell a solid story with the twist of leaving the entire responsibility ti kids nd throwing in humor hrre and there. Oberall a good read though morpheeus road would be a preference for me over this seiries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again, D.J. Machale has blown all my expectations out of the water. Pendragon fans will not be disappointed. Conspiracy, action, adventure. Mr. MacHale truly has an amazing handle on the daily plight of teenagers and they really talk and feel. High recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best books i have read and i have read a variety of good books. My two favorite writera are Rick Riordan and DJ MacHale so its hard to find books that compare their writing but i think this book is a great experience and obviously helps pass the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would make a great action movie
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
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.
AliceGrace More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This the best book i have ever read in my entire life!!! The ending is a clif hanger so watchout! This is a must read if you love fiction and survival books. (*0*)
Arazele More than 1 year ago
SYLO is the first book I've read from D.J MacHale, and I was not disappointed. A fantastic book with a surprising twist at the end.  I cannot wait to find out what happens next. I'm so excited for the next installment!   
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!!!
Mariel8 More than 1 year ago
Sylo by D.J. MacHale is one of the most exciting, action-filled books I have ever read. I am usually not the type of person who enjoys science-fiction novels, but this book is especially intriguing and enjoyable to read. I personally felt very emotionally connected to the characters, which is a very important trait for a good novel to posses. The characters are well developed and exciting to read about. I feel I can most relate with Tori—a witty firecracker of a girl that has a big heart. As a fellow member of the teen movement, having the story written in a 3rd person teen’s perspective helped me relate my own life to the story. Seeing how a teen resolves the issues brought up in this book made it much easier to relate to the point of view rather than if the book were written from the perspective of an adult. Although this novel is not about a dystopian society, instead, it is one in which the modern-day government becomes an unscrupulous tyrannical authority, which is somewhat similar to a dystopian-themed novel. This entire idea of the plot seems plausible, which is part of what makes the book so entertaining. I can relate this novel to the “hacking” incident that just took place: who knows if top-secret government information could be revealed? In the wrong hands, this novel’s plot could become a reality, or worse—if nefarious people got the information. I first heard about this book when I was in fifth grade from an interview with the author. Watching the interview got me very interested in the book, and I have read this series twice since. I am surprised that more people do not know about this book, because it is an extremely versatile book that all types of people can enjoy. The description of the setting is very vivid and the plot is extremely interesting and well thought out. The setting is on a secluded island in Maine in the spring and the three protagonists are all teens in high school on the island. Throughout the plot, different unrelated mysteries trickle into the story, and in the end there is an unpredictable yet completely relative conclusion that pulls all of the mysteries together. Page count: 407 Price: $17.99 (hardcover) and $7.06 (paperback) Published by: Penguin Group Published in 2013 Place: 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, USA First edition
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its really slow and i wish the author was more creative. I love the idea but it was not a good book but about the book. Its a distiopan kind of thing. People die and the military come and take over. I would not recomend it. NOT A GOOD BOOK( to me)
Readergirl_Revus More than 1 year ago
This one seems like it's received some mixed reviews.  Some people don't appear to like it, but I loved it.  I thought the premise was very interesting, and the entire book was just very exciting to read.  There is a lot of action in this book, which makes kind of difficult to get bored or lose interest.  Things just seem to be happening the entire time. I was worried at first that I wouldn't connect to the main character Tucker because he was so young.  This is the first time I've really read a story where the character was fourteen and not at least sixteen or seventeen, but I needn't have worried.  He was a great narrator, and I loved how smart and brave he was.  He didn't start that way, but you do get to see the progression and evolution of his character in a very gratifying way. I also adored Tori.  This is one tough girl who is no nonsense.  She was brave, yes, but also smart.  There's nothing stupid or over-emotional about her, which I found very refreshing.  She was a firecracker.  I just liked the dynamic between all the characters.   I never expected the story's mystery to be what it turned out to be.  That really was a surprised, and one I was pleasantly surprised with.  I'm usually able to figure things out, but this was one really did shock me.  My brain had been going a completely other direction.  Yet, even at the end, I still don't know the whole story and not everything has been revealed.  It had quite the cliffhanger to it. The writing was fast-paced and very engaging.  I really liked this one.
thebookneard More than 1 year ago
This is the first book, and i thought i was okay. The third book is much better. but read this book to understand things. This book is not  terrible. its okay.
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Georgia_Lusck More than 1 year ago
One of the Greatest Books I have ever read! I love the action, and alt-history stories! Good join D.J. 
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SYLO is a great book and d. J. Machale is a great author have read all his books. 10 book series pendragon and 3 book series morpheus road all great books cant wait for the next bokk in the sylo series to come out :)
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Write to taylor love on result one of katy perry thanx!
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