Sylo is a thriller put in the hands of fourteen year old Tucker Pierce who lives with his parents at Pemberwick Island after moving from Conneticut in hopes of living more safely. He has a best friend similar to Ostin Liss named Quinn Carr and a crush named Tori Sleeper. He also has an admirer named Olivia who is also friends with Kent Berringer who calls him "Rook," especially since Tucker is on the school, I mean island football team. Then all of a sudden during a game, someone on Tucker's team simply drops dead; stops living. And he didn't have any history or knowing of alcohol overdose or any stab markings. Then Tucker meets a man named Ken Feit who offers him this weird drug-like crystal, called the Ruby for obvious reasons. All of a sudden, all these events happen with no proof they actually happened, Pemberwick Island gets invaded by the National Army using a group called SYLO and a head ranger named Benjamin Granger, who said there's a new virus around the island that could spread to the world and everyone ends up in quarantine. Tucker suspects there's something that doesn't make sense about this quarantine though. He just has to find it.
Now, the praise on the front cover of my copy of the book says, "Absolutely Un-Put-Down-Able. More exciting than an Xbox and a Rollercoaster combined." Well, I don't know about that, but there were actually several chapters where I could feel my heart pounding and my breath making me sound like I was chilly. There were several different questions about the situation that came outta nowhere, which I mean in a good way. Here, there are barely any places to hide, not much time to register the truth, and it's hard knowing who to trust. Have you ever thought in the back of your head what you would have to do if you were forced to become a criminal? Sylo presents a complete understanding of that, only on an island and with the military, it's brought up by a factor of 3. There are several incidents where there are uprisings, brief but realistically powerful, and if I wasn't reading right now, I'd probably have joined the riots too. Sylo also answers the question of if you yourself are actually brave enough to do what the characters try to do. The movie Home indirectly emphasized on this too. Like, if you were all of a sudden trapped on an island that with all the right metaphors, was a pure prison, and the military would shoot down any escapees, would you try to escape? I mean, the answer seems obvious right now, but it wasn't to Tucker, who kind of wanted to wait the whole thing out but at the same time tried to dive into the possibility. And I found myself relating to him as if I was reading a diary of mine. There are several times when Pemberwick Island either bands together or goes for broke in hopes of escape. In a nutshell, it's Joe Ducie's The Rig with a resistance. There's also some very nice humour to give the characters some personality. Though I think in the third act, a lot went a little too fast, that was sort of what I wanted, and I couldn't really think of anything else I wanted when I finished the book. Many unanswered questions, but I wouldn't be surprised if in the future, if great books like these got banned, a huge rising of protests would ensue and I would lead it. Hopefully with Tori Sleeper at my side.