Radio Silence

Radio Silence

by Alyssa Cole

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“Rich in atmospheric details and rife with unexpected dangers…[a] refreshingly diverse cast of characters possess strong, sympathetic and magnetic personalities, ensuring that readers will be engaged with each step of their journey.” — RT Book Reviews

Cole adds a strong contender to the postapocalyptic romance genre with a smart, confident-African American heroine and a smart, sexy Korean hero in this first book in a trilogy. —
Library Journal

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 bloodthirsty 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?

This book is approximately 69,000 words

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Originally published in 2015

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488057762
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 07/15/2019
Series: Off the Grid
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 553,857
File size: 491 KB

About the Author

Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and SFF romance. Her books have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, and Entertainment Weekly. She can usually be found watching anime with her husband or wrangling their menagerie of animals.

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Radio Silence 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
HEABookNerd More than 1 year ago
For some strange reason I love apocalypse type romances, so I was really excited to start this trilogy. Though I enjoyed Alyssa Cole’s writing a lot I was a bit disappointed in the plot which I found to be fairly slow and somewhat boring in certain parts. I guess I was hoping for more action surrounding the apocalypse but since it’s still in the early days, most people are just staying safe in their homes. For the most part, Arden, John, Gabriel, and Maggie are just trying to find ways to occupy themselves while trapped inside. While my expectations were not exactly met in regards to the plot I did really enjoy the characters and definitely intend to read the next in the series. Especially, because we still don’t know what caused the blackout! The shining light of this story was certainly the characters who really come alive in the writing and I was hooked on seeing Arden and Gabriel come to terms with their guilt and anger over their circumstances and work things out. Arden was one tough woman who isn’t afraid to stand up for herself and has no problem putting Gabriel in his place when he acts like an a**hole. At the same time, she’s incredibly understanding and compassionate toward Gabriel and his struggles. She understands his worry over his parents because she has no idea how her parents are handling things all the way across the country. Arden carries a lot of guilt over staying away from her family ever since her mother became sick with hep C. Though she comes to terms with some of her guilt, she battles with it all the way to the end. As a doctor, Gabriel too is dealing with the guilt of killing two men in order to save John and Arden. The internal struggles these two experience help lend them a vulnerability that they can share and find common ground in. Though Arden and Gabriel were great, I also really loved John and he’s the big reason I plan to continue reading this series because his book is next. I just loved how he tried to keep things light and humorous to keep everyone’s spirit up. It’s obvious that it takes a lot to keep John down and I enjoyed his optimism. He’s also a great friend to Arden who needed a kick in the butt a few times to get over her usual defenses. As goofy as he can be he’s also incredibly protective and this clearly extends to anyone he sees as family, including Arden. Their friendship was truly beautiful. Content Note: brief attempted rape
Michelle_Palmer More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and immediately bought books 2 and 3 to read soon. It is an excellent Sci-Fi Romance story The characters are well developed and their actions make sense for their personalities. The world that Cole built is real and I can absolutely see it in my mind. All electricity has stopped working for an unknown reason. The world plunges into anarchy. Arden and her roommate, John head to his family's cabin in upstate New York. When they arrive, they are greeted by John's older brother Gabriel. I will stop there because you can read the summary anywhere but suffice it to say this book and these characters are HOT HOT HOT! I will be picking up more Alyssa Cole after I finish this series.
RBlodgett More than 1 year ago
For an apocalypse this was good fun...OK that sounds really wrong but it is true. Enjoyed the characters and the situation they were put in. Not sure if I can believe they wouldn't have encountered more people or chaos but suspend that for a moment and really overall the dynamics between characters was believable. Not to mention a bit 'hot'. I rather enjoyed the blend of the terrible situation and budding romance. Certainly curious enough to want to read the next book.
Ariana1 More than 1 year ago
Interesting short read. Liked the diverse characters. Would have liked there to be more information about what was going on, the reason for the radio silence, some kind of hint of what was going on. Not too bad.
KristiBug More than 1 year ago
 5.0 out of 5 stars I was glad I did, February 3, 2015 By Kristi Davis (Orange County, CA United States) Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Radio Silence (Off the Grid) (Kindle Edition) I apparently pre-ordered Radio Silence on the recommendation of a book friend on Twitter. It popped into my email on Sunday night and surprised me. I finished my current book and decided to pop it open. I was glad I did. It was a Carina pub, so the beginning was a little long-winded in describing other books to read (that sounded interesting, darn it) and then I started reading about Arden and Gabriel. Arden felt very real to me. I liked the fact I was reading about a black heroine that was paired with a Korean hero. Especially with the gay best friend bit. It all clicked. It was very well written. She was snappy. Gabriel was grumpy. The small characters were funny and worked well. My main complaint would be it wasn't long enough. More world building, more interaction between neighbors, etc. It seems like we might get more of that in book two, so I will definitely be on the lookout for that one.
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
You know what? This was pretty good! First, I want to say how much I absolutely hate the blurb for this one. It gives away too much information!! I, personally, want something a bit more vague ... grab my attention but don't give me the deets! Le sigh. Other than that ... as I said, it was pretty good! I really enjoyed the first chapter ... the suspense and scariness of it all was absolute perfection for a first chapter. I love being thrown into a book that is in the middle of a situation and not knowing exactly why or how or anything! It kicks up the adrenaline and sets up the rest of the book wonderfully. The rest of the book went kind of the same way! There were a few times when I felt like it was long winded and I found myself skimming a paragraph or two but that was probably because I'm impatient and I wanted to get to the excitement. I haven't read an apocalypse book ... ever, I think. I can't think of one that I've read ... sure, I've read bundles of dystopian novels but not an apocalypse. So this was a nice change of pace, getting involved in a soon to be dystopian environment right from the beginning. It was interesting to follow the characters as they are trying to traverse this new lifestyle and brave the new world that may or may not last for the rest of their lives. The characters were endearing ... I really loved Gabriel almost right from the beginning. It was hard not to! And then John and Arden and Maggie were all equally captivating. I think I would have been a little happier if I had known more about each of their pasts though. It would have made the story just a bit deeper and I would have enjoyed that. Between the new environment, the excitement, the romance and the lighthearted moments, I found myself wanting more with each page. Someone did say in another review that it seemed a little childish at moments but I didn't get that at all. I think that the characters were bored in their situation (who wouldn't be) and the way that they let off a little steam was a nice break from their dreary new life. All in all, a good book and I'll be interested to see what the next in the series holds!