Guest Review: Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole

Posted February 6, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Guest Review: Radio Silence by Alyssa ColeReviewer: Tracy
Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole
Series: Off the Grid #1
Also in this series: Signal Boost, Mixed Signals
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: February 2nd 2015
Format: eARC
Genres: New Adult
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Series Rating: four-stars

No one expects the apocalypse. Arden Highmore was living your average postgrad life in Rochester, New York, when someone flipped the "off" switch on the world. No cell phones, no power, no running water—and no one knows why. All she and her roommate, John, know for sure is that they have to get out, stat. His family's cabin near the Canadian border seemed like the safest choice. It turns out isolation doesn't necessarily equal safety. When scavengers attack, it's John's ridiculously handsome brother, Gabriel, who comes to the rescue. He saves Arden's life, so he can't be all bad…but he's also a controlling jerk who treats her like an idiot. Now their parents are missing and it seems John, Gabriel, their kid sister, Maggie, and Arden are the only people left alive who aren't blood-thirsty maniacs. No one knows when—or if—the lights will come back on and, in the midst of all that, Arden and Gabriel are finding that there's a fine line indeed between love and hate. How long can they expect to last in this terrifying new world, be it together or apart?

Tracy’s review of Radio Silence (Off the Grid #1) by Alyssa Cole

Arden and her best friend John make the trek from Rochester, New York to his parents home/cabin 100 miles away near the Canadian border. They do this on foot as modern society has fallen by the wayside. There are no phones, no running water, no electricity and it’s a nightmare. They’re almost to the house when they get lost (Arden’s fault) and end up getting attacked. They are saved by John’s brother, Gabriel, who is none too nice to Arden after his brother is hurt.

They are all now at the parents home but the parents went missing a week before they got there. The story focuses on the relationships between John, Gabriel and their high school age sister, Maggie and how they all deal with the situation in their own way. John’s parents had owned a grocery store so they had plenty of food and happened to have a generator so they were set…for a while.

The story also follows the budding romance between Arden and Gabriel. While they didn’t get along at first they soon find they can’t stay away from each other and this is great for them – but ends up causing trouble in the household.

While this definitely isn’t a traditional romance it had a lot to recommend it. The writing was engaging and the author made the situations feel realistic (of course, as I’ve never been in an apocalypse I can’t speak from experience). I really enjoyed this New Adult story as a whole and I’m looking forward to the next in the series. It looks like it will be m/m as the excerpt in the back of RS was from John’s point of view and he’s gay so… yay! 🙂

Rating: 4 out of 5

This title is available from Carina Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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2 responses to “Guest Review: Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole

  1. Jen

    I’ve heard such good things about this book. I’m considering trying it even though I generally hate apocalyptic stuff. I know there’s a larger story line that continues but does this book feel like a complete story?

  2. Tracy

    Jen – Yes, I’d say it was a complete story. Obviously the apocalypse is still going on and they’re all still dealing with issues, but I was quite satisfied with the ending and the book felt complete.

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