Title: Signal Boost
Author: Alyssa Cole
My Rating: B+
Genre: Dystopian Romance (m/m)
Series: Off the Grid #2
Main Characters: John and Mykhail
Release Date: May 2015
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
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.
I like this series. In the first book, we got the MC's finding refuge in the middle of the crazy world after everything went to hell. In this one, the MC's have to leave that refuge and go back out into the insanity. And to top it off, this is a male/male romance featuring John, who we got to know in book #1...yay.
In this book, John finds Mykhail stealing out of their garden and the family takes him in. But he's on his way to the university where he thinks he can help with the solution of what's happened. John has been languishing in the family home. It's been months. He misses male companionship. He misses feeling useful. What he has to offer is a great ability to navigate, something Mykhail sucks at so John volunteers to go along. The chemistry between them helps with his offer too.
This book really delves into the darkness of the human race as the two are faced with what has happened in this now lawless society. Mykhail has already been out in it and knows that the likelihood of survival is minimal, but this is eye-opening for John, even after the atrocities that happened to him at the beginning of book #1. What has happened to Mykhail and then to others later is heart-breaking. It's scary to think how accurate these premises really are.
And I really love all the science and information that is in this book. This is one of those books that I actually feel smarter for having read it. There's a lot about flares and the electrical grid which were really interesting...and sobering with the possibilities.
I liked Mykhail and John together, although I didn't feel like we got to know Mykhail as well, just because he was hiding so much throughout the majority of the book. There was always that seed of doubt about him and his past which made it where I couldn't warm up to his character as well. But that was also exacerbated by the fact that the book is told entirely from John's point of view. And I did love him...so much. As the less kick-ass brother, he did an amazing job saving the day in this one and I was seriously cheering him on.
I have no idea if there are more books to come in this series or not. There's still the whole re-building of civilization to come. But if there are more, I definitely plan to read them...I'm thinking Hernandez would be a good hero for a novel...and then his brother who he mentions. (hint, hint)
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.