I’m so excited to today to be a host on the Sylo blog tour! D.J. MacHale is an author I have admired from his Pendragon series to the spooky Are You Afriad of the Dark TV show (thanks for the nightmares!). Check out the guest post below and enter to win a Sylo prize pack!
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.
D.J.’s Guest Post:
Creating an island like Pemberwick was crucial to the story. I needed a place that, at least conceivably, could be quarantined the way I described. The concept of cutting off a community from the rest of the world not only plays into the conflict of SYLO, but also the overall mystery and themes of the entire trilogy. I also wanted to create this wonderful place…that becomes much less wonderful. That too plays in to the emotion and the themes of the trilogy.
Pemberwick Island only exists in my imagination, but I used the island of Martha’s Vineyard for inspiration. The Vineyard sits off the coast of Cape Cod. It’s an idyllic, old-world spot that is stuck in time. I went back there to do research for SYLO and found that it hadn’t changed much in the thirty years since I had been there last. I hope that people will love Pemberwick and want to visit…and therefore experience the same roller coaster of emotions that the characters go through as things start to hit the fan.
Find out more from D.J. about SYLO by watching his author video!
Sylo is out now!
The ultimate action-fueled end-of-the-world conspiracy trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author D.J. MacHale
THEY CAME FROM THE SKY
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.
LOOK TO THE SKY
because Pemberwick is only the first stop.
To find out what D.J. thinks about writing big-stakes stories and small-stakes stories, and which category SYLO falls into, head to Charlotte’s Library on Monday, 7/22!
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