• 3in1 Off the Grid Collection

  • Radio Silence\Signal Boost\Mixed Signals
  • By: Alyssa Cole
  • Narrated by: Karen Chilton
  • Length: 24 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“This trilogy gets better with each book.” (Library Journal

“Cole’s Off the Grid series succeeds because it captures the unsettling details of its dystopian setting beautifully, but also because its main characters are so very human and relatable.” (RT Book Reviews

Radio Silence
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?   

Signal Boost
When technology stopped working, the world as they knew it ended.

In a secluded cabin, John and his loved ones have survived. He should feel grateful. But his family is in his face 24/7, he has to watch his best friend, Arden, and brother, Gabriel, flaunt their love, and as a techie in a Luddite world he’s pretty much useless. The cabin is brimming with people, but he feels utterly alone. 

Until he catches Mr. Tall, Blond, and Gorgeous raiding their garden. Mykhail is an astrophysics student, he makes John’s gaydar ping like crazy and he thinks he knows what caused the devastation. He’s on a journey to his university to find answers, and John invites himself along. Partly to get out of the house, and partly because he can’t let Mykhail go without acting on the mutual attraction that’s so obvious even John’s mom is playing matchmaker. 

The closer they get to campus, the more Mykhail lets down his walls. But with answers come secrets both devastating and deadly, and before they can save the world, they’ll have to save themselves.   

Mixed Signals
Four years after the Flare, the world is finally starting to rebuild.

For Maggie Seong, that means leaving the safety of her family’s cabin for college. She won’t be alone, though - hunky former military cadet Edwin Hernandez, family friend and self-appointed Protector of Maggie’s Virtue, will be there. Maggie would much prefer that Edwin himself dispose of her “innocence", but he’s already rejected her advances once, and a girl has her pride. 

Things look pretty bleak romance-wise until Maggie discovers that Devon, the pre-Flare internet boyfriend she’d assumed was dead, is not only alive but on campus. Despite the passage of time, their bond is strong, and they quickly pick up where they left off. Even as Devon aims for a chance at love IRL - everything Maggie thought she’d wanted - Edwin’s desire to protect her makes her question her heart. 

Maggie’s torn between the future she didn’t dare to hope for and the past she can’t let go of. And when a group of neo-Luddite terrorists threaten the campus, everyone’s loyalties will be tested. To ensure that the world doesn’t go back to the dark days following the Flare, Maggie might have to sacrifice it all.   

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise.

Originally published in 2015

©2019 Alyssa Cole (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Enthralling series

First off, if sexy romantic entanglements, off screen rape. or violence offends you, go somewhere else.
I read the books prior to listening to the audible. Ms. Cole presents a realistic view of what could happen after present society breaks down. all three books are thought provoking. they all deal honestly with ethical questions. Michael's back story in Signal Boost was truly heart wrenching for so many reasons. No spoilers.
I felt that the characters were realistic. it's good to read post apocalypse books that aren't a homogeneous white view. this series provides a true multicultural approach without dipping into stereotypes or irritating cop-out that some white writers do ( I hope ) unconsciously.
Karen Chilton was great! she has a serious set of pipes. I was impressed with her range.Her delivery was spot on whether male, female, or a slight accent. I never thought, What the hell is she singsonging this story for. ( a pet peeve about some audibles I've listened to). instead I found myself waiting until the last minute to pause the story to return to work from my break.

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Second story needed a male narrator

The narration distracts from the stories, especially in book 2. The female narrator doesn't work for the male character. Also, the accents are off. Overall I enjoyed the stories, although there were some slow spots, which might have been more enjoyable with different narration.

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All three stories were great. The only drawback

the narrator used the same voice for the protagonist in each story. As one story meshed into the next it is very confusing keeping the characters straight.

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great build up

I enjoyed the first two books. Great build-up excellent stories. The third book 😒. Maggie is an entitled brat and I just didn't feel her at all. they should call it wine and cheese brat Maggie, or how to be a selfish, entitled, self centered post apocalypse Brat. It is the worst book in the series. it was also a little hard listening to it. The narrator is very drying, boring, and monotone. I fell asleep several times.

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Love the Narration

Great stories. Each person found their happy place in the end. Happy that it started in dystopian America after flare. but extremely pleased that it moved beyond that version of America to a more hopeful rebuilding phase. did I mention how much I loved the narrator?

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makes you think

What kind of person will I be if the world changes? Also, reading this during quarantine puts that extra edge on the story. The character development kept me hooked!

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Wild ride

This off the grid series is sooo good. Don’t judge a character before you know them. These character have many dimensions

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Great series

I loved the entire series. It never lost my attention. Each story was unique and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Great read except for...

My biggest issue is with the narration. More specifically the fact that this is a trilogy written in first person, but each book is a different character's story that blends into the whole but the narrator continually sounds like a 40/50 something year old, African American woman from the south. although her voice is lovely I don't believe it was the right fit for any of the chatacters she narrated for (considering one is an African American woman in her late 20s from California, a gay Korean American man about the same age from the northeast and his younger 20 year old sister). I honestly would love to hear the narrator perform a book with southern and/or African characters as every accent she tried to perform made her sound like a dora milage, which worked for one character but definitely not the Ukrainian one. I also wish the narrator would differentiate more between dialog and action in her reading because it did feel like someone going through and just reading a book out loud. she was definitely doing this more in the third book and she seemed more comfortable with putting more emotion into the characters by the third book which helped. the stories themselves are well written, interesting, funny and even feels rather believable. the characters are great and well written and I would have fallen into the whole thing so much more if the performance by the narrator was different.

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Wonderful storyline

Realistic, romantic, suspenseful and overall wonderful story with a dreamy ending! I can’t wait to read more!

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Feels like half the story is missing

Description talks about lights going off and getting out of New York, story starts with some guy and woman getting attacked by 2 guys. No idea where they are, no idea who they are or why they are there, no character development, or plot setting. Opening chapter drags on with this attack so you have at least 20 minutes of listening to some rambling without really knowing what’s going on. I turned it off out of boredom, waste of a credit.

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I just couldn’t keep going

I got through to chapter 12 and just couldn’t keep going.
I kept waiting for a story to emerge but I couldn’t wait any longer.
It was going nowhere.