Hi....so Review: Storm

I have not posted since I reviewed Hollow City almost a month and a half ago....


I would have, but I didn't have a new book to review. I was rereading Looking for Alaska and then I acquired Storm, the second book in the Sylo Chronicles by D.J. MacHale. I just finished it today and OH MY GOSH. Spoilers will be present.

Overall, I really did like this book. It was a really fast read and I have so many questions.

My rating: 8-8.5 / 10

Okay, so Storm picks up right where Sylo left off. Tucker, Tori, Kent, and Olivia just made it to the mainland after escaping from Pemberwick. There's a lot of traveling and stuff and there are the many plot twists characteristic of D.J. MacHale (see also: Pendragon series).

So, one thing that I did get kind of tired of was how many times we think one side is good and then some new thing happens and we think that the other side is good. Tucker talks to some people and the Retros (the Air Force) is good. The group talks to some other people and Sylo (the Navy) is good. It switched so many times, I was thinking, "Can we just settle on one side and stick with it?" 

There were also some things that I did predict. Granger, for example, the person who was leading Sylo when they took over Pemberwick, survived the boat explosion. Although, it was only because he ordered his men to chase after the kids as they tried to get away, and his crew pushed him overboard to avoid killing him when they tried the risky move that killed the entire crew. Yay? I don't know, I'm not totally convinced that Granger is on the good side anymore. Further explanation to come.

Alright, let's go with my classic character breakdown:

Tucker--I felt that Tucker is actually very relatable in this book. He tries to take on things by himself  and abandons the rest of the group because he wanted to protect them. We all want to be that hero sometimes and we know it doesn't help anything but we want to do it anyway. In the end, he realizes that he needs the group and they need him and hopefully learns his lesson.
MacHale also reminds us that Tucker is only 14, explaining some of his brave but stupid actions. 

Tori--I also felt that Tori was relatable because she has spent most of her life believing that she can do everything for herself and she doesn't need to rely on anyone else to help her. She actually tells Tucker that she needs him and she loves him and that she's never said that to anyone, even her dad. *Feels* When Tucker goes off to try and kill Granger himself, he loses Tori's trust and she goes back to her old self, shutting people out as a defense mechanism. And I think we all do that at one point or another because it's easier that way. 
I really like Tori. I feel kind of bad for her though, because she always ends up getting shot somehow and it's even like a joke to the characters because it just seems to happen all the time. She and Tucker make up before they join the resistance attack on the Retro base at Area 51. *More feels*

Granger--Okay, I knew he survived the explosion from the first book. It would have been too simple if he hadn't. He tells Tucker when Tucker comes to try to kill him that he was never chasing after Tucker. He was instead trying to kill the Retro infiltrator in their group (consisting of Tucker, Tori, Kent, and Olivia). This causes Tucker to distrust the rest of the group, including Jon, who they picked up when they were traveling. 

Kent--Eh, Kent's alright. He's very selfish and I don't like people or characters like that. He does care about Olivia though, which is a nice side of him to see. He's kind of cowardly at times because Olivia doesn't want to go somewhere and he volunteers to go with her to keep her safe instead of going with the others to fight. He comes around eventually, though. 

Olivia--I was alright with Olivia until she started to move in on Tucker. Nope. Nope. Nope. Tucker and Tori, yes. Tucker and Olivia, no. I know she wasn't a fighter, but she could at least try instead of trying to go to Florida to live out the rest of her life. She even went on the resistance mission to destroy the black planes at Area 51 and couldn't get out of the dune buggy. She stayed behind while the others placed the charges on the planes, only to reappear when Tucker was about to be killed by one of the few soldiers actually manning the base. As she was dying, she said the she hoped that he/they (they group) would forgive her. For what? Not helping them? Not fighting with them? What if she was the infiltrator that Granger was referring to and she wanted to go back to the Sylo side? (I guess you would call it that).

Jon--I knew that there was something wrong with Jon that first time in the hospital when he claimed to be talking to himself as he tried to get the radio to work. He was communicating with the Retros because he was one of the scouts. It was too convenient that the black planes would appear the night the group got somewhere "safe." 

Tucker's mom--Alright, so the last time we saw Tucker's mom was when she went to visit him when he was locked up with Kent in the prison camp. I believe that is also when she told him not to trust anyone. Tucker's mom comes back when Granger and Cutter, one of the Chiefs from the group in Las Vegas, comes with the helicopter to save them after Tucker and Tori blew up most of the Retro base with the well-placed charges on the larger black plane. She tries to convince Tucker that she and his father are on the good side of this war, although I'm still very unclear. 

Feit--Just leave. Get out now. No.

So the book ends with Tucker, Tori, and Kent getting into the helicopter with Tucker's mom, Granger, and Cutter and right as they are leaving to head for the other Sylo base on Catalina Island, the helicopter is hit by a black plane and is going down. And then is ends. What?

The third book in the series, Strike, is set for release on October 14th, according to Amazon. That is pretty quick considering Storm came out in March, but it works for me because I need answers. The one thing that Amazon does not specify is the number of books that will be in this series. Hopefully, this series is not as long as MacHale's Pendragon series, which was 10 books. 



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