Silo Boys is the debut novel by author Amy-Brooke Odell. The story follows the main character, Addy, in her hometown in North Carolina. A few years ago, Addy and her friends, Charlie (a girl), Hunter, Mason, and Beau were hanging out all the time at the nearby Silo. Soon, Addy and Mason, and Charlie and Beau, were couples. Hunter seemed to be the fifth wheel, but since they were all friends the dynamic worked out well. Up until they find Beau’s body near the silo. Whether he was pushed, or he jumped, was always a question that the townsfolk had wondered. Shortly after, Mason disappeared. Everyone figured he was either guilty of killing Beau or he was dead himself. Even Addy did not know what happened to him. It was like he fell off the face of the Earth. One day, Addy receives a note on her car in Mason’s handwriting saying he wants to meet up with her. Addy is in disbelief. Before Addy can find Mason, something terrible happens and Addy promises to get to the bottom of it, even if it means putting herself in danger. Although it is a short read, the story is full of wonderful characters and an exciting plot. Addy’s character is very persistent, and she will stop at nothing even if it means interrogating her own friends and annoying them. As Addy digs deeper, it seems like everyone in town has a secret. What really happened and why are the people around her not willing to tell the whole truth? I really enjoyed reading Silo Boys because the timeline of events flowed very smoothly, and the story was easy to follow. The setting of the story was in North Carolina which the author described very serenely. At one point, she describes the sky as “a perfect Carolina blue”. The small-town atmosphere also seemed very welcoming. One part of the book that seemed like it was a little abrupt was the part where Devon and Lila are introduced. They are not heard of before Addy goes to the fair with them, and it is there that she meets Will who may or may not be connected to other characters in the book. I would have liked to have seen a little more character development leading up to the two girls’ hanging out with Addy. Overall, this book was a fun read with a fast-moving plot, interesting characters, and a very satisfying ending.
|Page Count||211 pages|
|Publisher||Willow River Press|
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