About the Author
Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and sci-fi romance. Her books have received critical acclaim from the New York Times, Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, Entertainment Weekly, and various other outlets. When she’s not working, she can usually be found watching anime with her husband or wrangling their menagerie of animals.
Karen Chilton is a New York–based actor and writer and an accomplished voice-over artist and narrator. Her voice can be heard on numerous national network television, radio, and Internet advertising campaigns. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks and won an Audiofile Earphones Award.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was really happy to finally have some answers about what caused the blackout since that was left as a big unanswered question in the previous book, Radio Silence. I was also excited to see that the story would be venturing away from the house because I was hoping that this would lead to some more action and a more interesting story line. However, I still found myself bored while reading this book and I had to work a bit to finish it. I’ve been racking my brain for days trying to figure out why I had such a hard time connecting with the story, but I just can’t put my finger on it. Since I found nothing wrong with Alyssa Cole’s writing I can only say that this book just wasn’t really for me. I really liked John in the first book, so I was excited to read this one and I’m glad he still had his sarcastic sense of humor, but I was surprised how whiny he was in the beginning part. Since I was already struggling to connect to the book, this started to wear on my nerves probably more than it would for anyone else. But even with the rough beginning, it’s clear just how compassionate and understanding John is and the way he tries to help and support Mykhail is incredibly admirable. I also liked that even though there were a few misunderstandings for the most part these two really communicate and work out their problems quickly by talking through what they’re thinking and feeling. Mykhail was an interesting character but without his POV he’s left a big mystery for the first half of the book. One of the hardest things about this book was just that it was incredibly heavy for me as a reader. Mykhail’s experience after The Flare was heartbreaking and I completely understand his depression and struggle to keep going. Had this been the only issue in the second half of the book, it wouldn’t have been too bad. But on top of that, there’s a situation that’s occurring at the university; I won’t go into detail, because spoiler, but I found this portion of the book very hard to get through as a reader because it was a really negative and depressing look at humanity and how we treat others. I guess you could say that speaks for how strong Alyssa Cole’s writing is, but in terms of enjoyment, I just wasn’t there.