by D.J. MacHale
Published: July 2nd 2013
Does Tucker Pierce have what it takes to be a hero when the U.S. military quarantines his island?
Fourteen-year-old Tucker Pierce prefers to fly under the radar. He's used to navigating around summer tourists in his hometown on idyllic Pemberwick Island, Maine. He's content to sit on the sidelines as a backup player on the high school football team. And though his best friend Quinn tells him to "go for it," he's too chicken to ask Tori Sleeper on a date. There's always tomorrow, he figures. Then Pemberwick Island is invaded by a mysterious branch of the U.S. military called SYLO. And sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option for Tucker, because tomorrow may never come.
It's up to Tucker, Quinn, and Tori to uncover the truth about the singing aircraft that appears only at night - and the stranger named Feit who's pushing a red crystal he calls the Ruby that brings unique powers to all who take it. Tucker and his friends must rescue not just Pemberwick Island, but the fate of the world - and all before tomorrow is too late.
Yahoo! One of the rare books written from a guy's perspective. I always find these refreshing as most YA books are written from a girl's perspective. SYLO really keeps you guessing right up to the end. You think you know what is going on... but do you really? More information pops up throughout the book that makes you question what you thought you knew.
The characters were all well written. At times it was hard to remember that Tucker was only 14 years old. He acted more like a 16 or 17 year old with a lot of the decisions he had to make. The only part I didn't find really believable was the parents of the island kids. For the most part they didn't seem to care where their kids were and what they were doing.
I really look forward to the next book and finding out more about SYLO and who they are fighting. Highly recommended.