July 17, 2013

SYLO by D.J. MacHale Blog Tour & Giveaway!

by D.J. MacHale
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Razorbill


The ultimate action-fueled end-of-the-world conspiracy trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author D.J. MacHale.


parachuting out of military helicopters to invade Tucker Pierce’s idyllic hometown on Pemberwick Island, Maine.

They call themselves SYLO and they are a secret branch of the U.S. Navy. SYLO’s commander, Captain Granger, informs Pemberwick residents that the island has been hit by a lethal virus and must be quarantined. Now Pemberwick is cut off from the outside world.

Tucker believes there’s more to SYLO’s story. He was on the sidelines when the high school running back dropped dead with no warning. He saw the bizarre midnight explosion over the ocean, and the mysterious singing aircraft that travel like shadows through the night sky. He tasted the Ruby—and experienced the powers it gave him—for himself.

What all this means, SYLO isn’t saying. Only Tucker holds the clues that can solve this deadly mystery.

because Pemberwick is only the first stop.

Welcome to the SYLO blog tour! There’s no better person to explain some of the crazy, creepy things happening on Pemberwick Island than D.J. MacHale, so we asked him to spill all his secrets to all of you!

* Follow along on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to enter to win a SYLO prize pack at every tour stop and get the inside scoop on SYLO!

*Disclaimer: D.J. didn’t tell us all his secrets (though we tried!), but he did give us some pretty cool insight into his books.

All of my main characters are different versions of me. Or maybe I should say I focus on a different part of my personality to create each of my lead characters.

With Tucker Pierce, I tap into my slacker side. He’s pretty much an average guy.  He does no better than okay in school. He doesn’t have a girlfriend. He’s a mediocre athlete. While his friends all have aspirations to leave home and make their mark on the world, Tucker foresees a simple future of living close to home and maybe taking over his father’s small business one day. The thing is he’s totally okay with having such simple aspirations. He’s comfortable in his own skin, which shows an incredible amount of awareness and self-confidence.

Unfortunately, he learns that living life as a bystander isn’t always possible.  When faced with real challenges, he has no choice but to step up his game and in the process he learns much more about himself and his own strengths than he ever could have imagined.

Check out D.J. MacHale's author video...

D.J. MacHale is the author of the bestselling book series Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure through Time and Spacethe spooky Morpheus Road trilogy, and the whimsical picture book The Monster Princess.  He has written, directed, and produced numerous award-winning television series and movies for young people including Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Flight 29 Down, and Tower of Terror.  D.J. lives with his family in Southern California. You can visit him online at www.djmachalebooks.comSYLO is the first book in his new trilogy, The SYLO Chronicles.
To find out all about the mysterious Pemberwick Island, check out Cuddlebuggery on Friday, 7/19

Want to win a copy of SYLO? Leave a comment below telling us what you would do if you found yourself in Tucker's shoes?

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  1. I would dig for answers, but that's just me :)

    Jessica Hansen


  2. Heather: If I found myself in Tucker's shoes I would grab my bug out gear and head to my underground shelter. I would love to win this book and thanks for the great giveaway. hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

  3. Well, I would certainly investigate and find out what the heck is going on. I like to go with my gut feeling, so there you go!

  4. I would definitely explore the limitations of my new powers - play with them and see if there are any negative effects. Then using these powers, investigate (secretly, of course) what is going on and reasoning behind it.

    leannessf at gmail dot com

  5. I would like to say I would do everything I can to find out the truth but if I answer honestly,I probably be hiding out praying for all this to end.

  6. I would do just as I do in reality, try to do the best I can, whilst knowing I can do better.

  7. Well, in reality, I would probably just be hiding under the table hoping for it all to be over. I would be scared out of my skin!


  8. I would dig a little bit but probably lay low if I can't find anything and just wait for it all to blow over.

  9. I would investigate until I figured out exactly what was going on!

    ChaoticKarma23 at gmail dot com

  10. I guess I would try to find out what was happening and then do everything possible to stay alive.

  11. I would try to find out what is going on.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  12. I would defer to my 13 year-old daughter, who is a lot smarter than I am. She's also a HUGE Morpheus Road fan, so I'll let her know about this book...

  13. I would definitely try to figure out what was going on....but as stealthily as I could. I wish I knew more of the characters because I'd try to figure who would know what and then go from there!


  14. Knowing myself, I would be one of those that caved in and did what I was told. I would love to be the one to uncover a conspiracy and save the town! :)

  15. Sorry, forgot to leave my email on the last comment.


  16. Ha! I think I'm with purpleshadowhunter on this -- much as I'd like to say I'd rail against authority and dig deeper to find out more, I'm pretty sure I'd hide out somewhere with my family in an attempt to bury my head in the sand and pretend nothing's happening!! Sigh... sadly, should the Zombocalypse, military-industrial-corporate takeover, or environmental disaster ever actually arrive....well, I'm pretty darn sure I'll be one of the first to go down!!! :-)

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!! I followed the first blog tour for the book and was happy to see there's another one; I really want to read this one!


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