The ultimate action-fueled end-of-the-world conspiracy trilogy from number-one New York Times best-selling author D. J. MacHale.
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.
©2013 D.J. MacHale (P)2013 Penguin Audio
SYLO is a complicated, high-concept jigsaw puzzle. Book one dumps all of the pieces out on the floor in a jumbled pile you have no idea where to start.
Now, this is kind of the norm only instead of having your edges done by the middle of the book and the complete picture by the end, SYLO just continues to dump pieces onto the pile.
By the end of the book I maybe, MAYBE had the corner pieces. In honesty I still have no real idea of what the heck is going on and neither do our heroes.
I’d normally hate a book with so little resolution/explanation but there was just something about the well-written and smartly paced story that still made it rewarding. The characters were great – not outlandish or standout just real and genuine enough to make their bravery and daring deeds under extreme circumstance even more impressive.
It also helped that I’m a sucker for stories that use setting as character and fictionalised Martha’s Vineyard was a rich background to juxtapose an outlandish story.
DJ MacHales excessive forward grated on me but the guy clearly has skills and totally won me over.
So while I didn’t like where the story ended, I loved the bulk of it enough to give it a qualified recommended.
It was a seriously high-concept story that remained totally grounded so it’s great for young and old readers not into hard science fiction or fantasy (like me).
However, I can see the lack of resolution and clarity by the end being a real problem for some readers. If you’re concerned maybe wait until book 2 is released. I’d be a lot happier if I could go straight into the next volume!
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