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..Show More ».
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!
I always really enjoy DJ MacHale's books. Great performance by the narrator, and quite a twist for the end of the story. If you've read the other two ..Show More »books in the series, Sylo and Storm, then you need to read this one. If you haven't read any of DJ MacHale's other books but enjoy teen sci-fi that isn't filled with a ton of plot conveniences, his books (Sylo series or his previous Pendragon series) are worth the read/listen!