By: D.J. MacHale
This is the sequel to SYLO where a small island off the coast of Maine was invaded by the US Navy (the US navy is called SYLO). The main characters, Tucker, Kent, Olivia, and Tori escaped from Pemberwick and got to Portland, Maine. In Storm they pick up another character, Jon, a doctor from a Portland hospital. As it turns out the US Navy is at war with the US Airforce. Over three fourths of the worlds population is dead. Tucker, Tori, Kent, Olivia, and, Jon are trying to get to Nevada where a radio signal they picked up said to come if they wanted to fight back. There is a lot of action and the plot moves along at a good pace. One thing that was different from the first book was how much you found out about their relationships. Kent is with Olivia and Tucker is with Tori. It sort of bothered me that they were so into who was with who when they were trying to figure out why most of the world's population was killed. Then my sister, who only knew the names of Tori and Tucker and the fact that they were some of the only people on earth, pointed out that if Tori didn't want to be with Tucker then he was the last person on Earth she would want to be with. I thought that was funny.
Storm was a decent book. It was pretty interesting and the writing was pretty good. What I didn't like was how aimless the characters seemed to be. They had one goal then another then another. There was an overall goal but there was not a lot of continuity throughout the book. Also people who were supposed to be dead randomly started coming back. They explained it, but still. It sort of made the first book seem useless even though it was a better book. This book is a 3.5. Interesting but not the best. It was like bread. Soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside but still not amazing. It is clearly just on the table so that you don't get too hungry waiting for the main course. This book was the second in a trilogy and was obviously linking the first book to the third rather than having its own unique plot.