The SYLO Chronicles, Book One: SYLO
by D.J. MacHale
“THEY CAME FROM THE SKY, parachuting out of military helicopters to invade 14 year old Tucker Pierce’s idyllic hometown on Pemberwick Island, Maine. They are a secretive branch of the U.S. Navy called SYLO. Their commander, Captain Granger, informs Pemberwick residents that their island has been hit by a lethal virus and must be quarantined.” Author
I enjoyed this fast-paced, end-of-world novel and would recommend it to our middle school readers. It has the elements of a great story: action, suspense, believable though flawed characters including untrustworthy parents, an independently minded female protagonist, Tori, and Tucker whose safe world is irrevocably changed. By the end of the book, there are lots of unresolved issues, and some of them pretty disturbing at that. It ends in a cliff-hanger for sure! What a great book to start out the summer vacation, because you have two others to look forward to after that. There is some language and violence.