Book Review for SYLO

In my third review for Miss Literati, I was lucky enough to get sent SYLO, a book that I absolutely loved. I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book of the series.

Unfortunately, this has been my last review for Miss Literati, because they have not been returning my emails. When and if they do, I’ll be sure to notify you guys!

Here’s my review below:


New York Times bestselling author, D.J. MacHale’s, novel SYLO instantly draws readers in. It’s a wonderful science-fiction mystery about an island that is quarantined and the confused citizens who live there.

When his parents start acting weird, and a mysterious drug that’s killing people off is being sent around the island, 14-year-old Tucker Pierce and his best friend Quinn, along with the mystifying Tori, set off to find answers. Why is Pemberwick Island, Maine, under quarantine? What is SYLO? Where did the drug, the Ruby, come from? What are the flying shadows? Who can be trusted? What’s the truth? Their actions lead to more questions, drugs and death.

SYLO is book that every teenager can relate to. Not because of the quarantine, island living, and flying shadows, but because throughout the entire book there are elements of everyday life. Feeling like an outcast? That’s in the novel. Tucker also has moments where he falls victim to peer pressure, he is afraid to talk to the girl he likes and he feels like he can’t conform to his parents’ expectations. All of these are typical teenager emotions and situations everyone experiences at least once in their lives. I know I have felt them all.

SYLO, in my own opinion, is an absolutely fantastic novel. By the second sentence on the first page of the book, I was hooked. The style in which the book was written was also a nice change for me—I’ve never really read a first person narrative from a male’s perspective, other than the Percy Jackson series, and I enjoyed the perspective that MacHale used to tell the story. I loved how at the end of every chapter there was a cliffhanger, causing this book to never leave my hands. I couldn’t put it down! I honestly cannot wait until the second book comes out. SYLO is joining my “Favorites” bookshelf!

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