Author: Alyssa Cole
Series: Off The Grid #1
Review by: Onnica
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?
Why you should read it: The story certainly starts with a bang and you just have to jump in and go along with it. Arden is a great heroine, struggling to make sense of what may or may be happening. Her mission is to get to her parents who might as well be on the other side of the world. Despite her heartache, she makes the best of the situation and her friendship with John is believable and very touching. It’s a well-paced story and does not drag – it’s all action. It has everything – suspense and romance (a few of my favourite things). The dynamic between Gabriel – John’s uptight big brother and Arden, is spot on. Seeing their relationship develop at the perfect pace (no insta-love here!) was a great read. Pretty sexy too – which never hurts. I defy anyone not to relate to these characters. It was a refreshing read and I can’t wait to continue the series.
What you may not like: What’s not to like? Ok – if you don’t like end-of-civilisation-books, you may struggle with this, however it’s not 100% clear what has happened – that makes me think you’ll be intrigued and go where the story leads. I did and didn’t regret it.
Rating: 4/5 for a refreshing story about love and friendship through adversity – characters who are relatable, flawed and interesting. Can’t wait to continue with the series.