Review: Plus One (Elizabeth Fama)

The Deets: 

Audience: YA
Pages: 373
Publisher:  April 8th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN: 9780374360078
Genre: sci-fi, dystopian
Source: eARC from Netgalley



Plus OneDivided by day and night and on the run from authorities, star-crossed young lovers unearth a sinister conspiracy in this compelling romantic thriller.

Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller prohibited by law from going out during the day. When she fakes an injury in order to get access to and kidnap her newborn niece—a day dweller, or Ray—she sets in motion a fast-paced adventure that will bring her into conflict with the powerful lawmakers who order her world, and draw her together with the boy she was destined to fall in love with, but who is also a Ray.

Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day-night divide, Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure story.




First, let me start by stating the obvious: this cover is beautiful! I have to say it is one of my favorites, and it perfectly captures Plus One.

I thought Plus One had a very original concept at its core. I do believe this is the first dystopian that I have read that doesn't take place far into the future after society collapses. Instead, it's an alternate reality with a very modern setting. For the most part, it was believable-- but there were a few gaps I had a hard time navigating. 

For starters, the romance between Day Boy and Sol baffled me. The progression I felt was too quick and depended on a memory far more than it should have. Sol was the first to profess her change of heart, which I admit, made me roll my eyes. I think the slow realization on Day Boy's behalf made his side of things more real for me. It might seem that I did not like their connection, but that's not true. It worked; it just needed a bit more developing.

There were also a lot of unanswered questions. I mean A LOT. Where did Gigi go? What happens to her? But most importantly, WHAT KIND OF ENDING WAS THAT?! Talk about an emotional cliffhanger. I do hope there is another book in the works because there are a lot of loose ends that need tending.

If you can't say anything else about Plus One, you will have to admit that the writing is phenomenal. Elizabeth Fama has a way with words. Even if the story does not suck you in from the start, you will find yourself continuing to read because the prose is flawless. It produces a picture in your mind. My heart raced, my emotions swelled, and I felt the despair Sol faced on so many pages. It was powerful stuff.

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