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Radio Silence

(Off the Grid #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,328 ratings  ·  227 reviews
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 ch
Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published February 2nd 2015 by Carina Press
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Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
The first chapter in this book is well done - chilling - as the heroine has been attacked in a world where the electricity has gone out.

But then she finds her friends and their house. And nothing happens. Nothing. They have a generator so they have heat and tons of food and tons of candles and hot water. They don't leave the house the entire book. No world building at all.

No chemistry between the hero and heroine. Very awkward sexual tension (more telling instead of showing)

Al George
Post apocalyptic bore


This is possibly the only time I will ever sleep through an apocalypse. Or perhaps not. But whatever.

Read for the Scandalicious TBR challenge. For which I am most grateful. I am doing some serious house cleaning.

Series: Indeed.

Sexy times: I think so. I was so busy flipping through the pages that I may have missed it.

Plan on reading more by the author: So here's the thing: this author has some downright brilliant books. And I mean brilliant. So yes, I will read her agai
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
This isn't my genre, but it wasn't too bad. ...more

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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
*copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

First off, you should know that BWAM is my jam, which is why I could not waaaait until February to read this book.

I liked it, but I didn’t love it. My main issue is that it employs all of my least favorite tropes far too often. The immediate and constant fantasizing/body reactions. The forever blushing. The height differences that are over the top. The fact that the heroine can see all of the hero’s emotions in his eyes, eyes that dance and fl
Sep 19, 2016 marked it as dnf
DNF @47%

God this is boring. If dystopian is your thing, stay away from this book. This is no distopyia, it's just an excuse to write a cabin fever romance. There's no world building at all, there's no end of the world. As I said an excuse. For an unknown reason there's no electricity nor water/heat/etc. We are told people are going crazy, bur except the first chapter there's nothing to this story. Just words.

What's worse in my book is the NA theme and characters. Stupid, juvenile, absolutely out
Utah Romance Reader
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

8/10: Excellent (but didn’t quite reach maximum squee).

After the author-who-shall-not-be-named appointed himself the erotic romance messiah, I had been on a mission to read some of the foundational erotic romances that authors had mentioned on twitter. I mention this to lay the groundwork for where my brain was when I started Radio Silence. I’d just finished Natural Law by Joey W. Hill and my brain needed a little break, but I ha
I won a copy of Radio Silence from the new-to-me author Alyssa Cole through Sizzling Summer Reads eParty on FB in June 2015.
I was thrilled to win, of course, because I am a fan of apocalyptic stories (the romancey kind, even zombies should be loved), but this still fell on my dusty TBR listy *sigh*
I even purchased each new book in the trilogy as the were released, confident that Ms. Cole would deliver me some fine stories. (Ok. There might have been a wee bit of guilt for not reading this soon
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
This is actually my first read of February and it's so good! Apocalyptic novel and steamy romance. I didn't expected the love interest would be Korean. There's also family dynamics which is my most favorite. I can't wait to binge this series. ...more
Alex (HEABookNerd)
Series: Off the Grid #1
Rating: 3 stars - it was good

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, Gabri
Romance Novels in Color
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, top-rated
It is no secret that I have a love of all things fantasy and sci-fi. At one point I binged on dystopian fiction like it was the last cupcake in a room full of sugar crazed six-year olds. I was willing to tackle a child if they stood between me and a good end of days read. Unfortunately, the last few years has seen a flood of dystopian books that honestly, exhausted me. For the last few months, the idea of reading another book that involved zombies, a killer virus or some all-powerful city comple ...more
Michelle Palmer
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
I loved this book and immediately bought books 2 and 3 to read soon.

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
Dec 24, 2014 rated it liked it
What happens to the world when the power goes out? What if it goes out on a global scale and doesn't come back on? This is the premise on which Radio Silence is based. While this is no Walking Dead zombie style book, it does have that surviving, end-of-the-world thing going on. Radio Silence takes place weeks after an apocalyptic turn of events. Without electricity and all that comes with it, life in the U.S. is starting to fray at the edges. People have started to embrace lawlessness as they be ...more
I really liked the main couple (especially Arden's internal monologue), but beyond that the story didn't really shine. This was least exciting post-apocalyptic scenario I've read. The setup was interesting, because it posed so many questions, but none of them are ever answered, because the characters just hang out in a house in the woods with no electricity or cell service. I imagine it is explained more in the next book, but it didn't add much of anything to this story, so I'm not really motiva ...more
Dec 25, 2014 marked it as to-read-soon
Shelves: arc, safety-gang-safe
“ARC provided by netgalley in exchange for an honest review”
Erin (PT)
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5/5.0 I really enjoyed this book, it combines one of my favorite tropes--apocalypse/post-apocalypse--with a really lovely Black/Asian (Korean) interracial romance. I liked that this was an apocalypse story about ordinary people in an extraordinary situation; these are not the scientists or military or politicians who know what's happening and are working to solve it, it's the story of regular people, cut off from avenues of information who are caught in a situation they don't understand and ha ...more
'Nathan Burgoine
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Listened on audiobook. I liked the complete lack of "what happened?" in this—the idea that people might not find out what went wrong when suddenly all the power goes out and electronics stop working was a nice touch of world-building (anti-world-building?) that helped set the tone of the rest of the book.

The opening scene almost had me giving up on the heroine right off the bat, though. If you're feeling the same way, hang in there, her traveling companion eventually says something that makes th
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Radio Silence is a book I bought a while ago and only got around to reading now. I recently listened to a Smart Bitches podcast where Alyssa Cole was the guest (podcast no. 176) and I really enjoyed it, and I thought, oh, I have her book, so why not read it now. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the book much. I had problems with the world building, which is more of a flimsy backdrop reason for the characters to hide away in a remote cabin than anything else. That in itself wouldn't have been a maj ...more
I really liked the bits and pieces of this, but I wish it had been better paced! Hate-to-love doesn't work so well if it happens practically within a 24 hour time frame! That quickly, other characters were commenting on the tension between the characters. Slow down!

I liked the characters and was intrigued by the premise. When I finished this last night, I thought I'd read more in the series. Today, I am not so sure. I guess it'll depend on how much it sticks with me.
I feel like this book started off strong. But then...nothing happens. I’m guessing in the next books in the series we find out what caused the blackout but here it just felt like no questions were answered, and I was left waiting for something big to happen. I did like the characters so will probably keep reading next books.
V. A Court of Wings and Ruin is NEW ADULT/EROTICA but Goodreads editors won't tell you to include it in the choice awards
Yay! New adult dystopian. I already made a guide of New Adult dystopians and I'm so adding this title. If the New adult dystopian setting isn't enough, it's also a diversity-friendly book! I can't wait to sink my teeth on this one! ...more
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Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I apparently bought this on a kindle sale and didn't even realize I owned it until I was digging through my library the other day lmao. Anyhow, I picked it up on a whim a few days ago and have slowly been getting through it, finishing it this morning.

I'll be honest and say I don't read much of the romance genre aside from contemporary and historical, so this one was out of my comfort zone in a sense, but seeing as I read apocalyptic/dystopian YA all the time not too far. The book doesn't really
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a bit blah for me. I wanted to know what happened, why did the world break, but that was never addressed. Instead for most of the book the siblings and Arden were stuck in the house, going a bit stir crazy, wondering about their parents, wondering what happened to the world. The action at the end was anti-climatic to me, mostly because I found it to be not believable. While I still want to know how the world broke, not enough to keep reading the series.
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Valéria Alves
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars!
Arden was great and Gabriel grew on me (he was a jerk in the beginning).

Safe... like, we don't even meet any one outside of Arden and the Seong siblings until 70%.
Kenesha Williams
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay so I've been on a bit of a book binge on books from this author, Alyssa Cole and I read two of her short story historical romances: Be Not Afraid & Agnes Moor's Wild Knight both excellent. But my jam is speculative fiction, so when I read the synopsis I was ALL IN.

Radio Silence takes place after a mysterious occurrence in which all technology fails & a subtle breakdown of society is occurring. The book starts only a few weeks after this occurrence so it's not full dystopian Lord of the Fli
Book Binge
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews-by-tracy
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 parent
Britt Marczak
Le sigh. DNF at 33%

I wanted to like this book, I really, really did. The two MCs are a black woman and an Asian man. How freaking awesome is that?! I want more of that!

I just wanted less of the rest of it.

Now, please take all of this with a grain of salt, because this is 100% my taste. I don't think there's necessarily anything wrong with the book (it's not like I'm quitting it because I had to throw it across the room), but I just never got into the story at all. First of all, it's written in
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Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and sci-fi romance. Her Civil War-set espionage romance An Extraordinary Union was the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award’s Best Book of 2017 and the American Library Association’s RUSA Best Romance for 2018, and A Princess in Theory was one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2018. She’s contributed to publications including Bust ...more

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