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Sylo by D.J. MacHale

9781595146656 syloSylo by bestselling author D.J. MacHale takes place in an island off of Maine. Tucker and his buddy Quinn call Pemberwick Island home, and enjoy life there with their families experiencing typical life as a teenage boy, playing football and hanging out with friends. That is, until strange deaths start occurring in the town, including one of the football players who died right on the field during a game. The appearance of Feit with his Ruby makes the boys wonder if the deaths are related to this strange man and his “supplement.”

One night when Tucker can’t sleep, he sneaks away from home with his buddy for a long bicycle ride which they did fairly frequently. In the middle of this ride, they witness a strange explosion over the ocean, accompanied by some strange sounding shadowed aircraft.  Tucker and Quinn know something is wrong, but they don’t know what it is.  Strange deaths and experiences continue, and the presence of a branch of the U.S. military called SYLO, responsible for capturing or killing anyone attempting to leave the island under the pretext of quarantine from a virus, continues to grow.

Tucker and Quinn, together with a couple of their friends, find themselves in the midst of ongoing strange battles, and eventually find it necessary to plan an escape attempt from the island themselves. Something is very wrong, and even their parents know more than they are admitting.

There is a lot of action in this story.  I enjoyed a couple of the characters, particularly Tori who evolved in a way that surprised me, and of course, Tucker. I’ll admit I wasn’t particularly interested in this book at the beginning, but the story captures you in a hurry, and by the end of the book, you know for sure you will have to read part two.

~Penny

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