Divided 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, Elizabeth Fama's Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure story.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|File size:||829 KB|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Elizabeth Fama is the author of Monstrous Beauty, which was a 2013 Odyssey Honor Audiobook. She lives with her family in Chicago, Illinois.
ELIZABETH FAMA is the author of Overboard, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, which appeared on five state lists. She lives with her family in Chicago, Illinois.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A thrilling, romantic, fast-paced read, Plus One was a wonderful YA book. I really enjoyed reading it. It didn't have the best start, but it turned out to be a fantastic read. Sol was a wonderful heroine. She was strong and very determined to get what she wanted, even though her plans weren't always rational. She was clever and definitely held her own in a world of secrets and betrayals. My only issue with her was that she was a a tad too impulsive, getting herself into ridiculous situations, and prickly, seeing insults and enemies when there weren't any. Otherwise, I really liked her. D'Arcy was the love interest and he was wonderful. He was very sweet and very intelligent. He was just wonderful. I loved how determined he was to help Sol, just because, at first, he thought it was the right thing to do. I absolutely adored him. The romance was lovely. Despite their rocky start, Sol and D'Arcy were very sweet together and one hell of a bad ass team. I loved the twist of how far their relationship actually stretched. And, I loved how they were willing to go through so much for each other and, ultimately, willing to wait for each other when it seemed things weren't going to go their way. I thought they were a wonderful couple. The pace was the weak point in this book. It started off slow. The first half dragged a bit, but something kept me interesting, so I kept reading. And, I'm glad I did because, about halfway through, the plot picked up and I got totally hooked. There were tons of thrills, surprises, secrets, and betrayals and it all kept me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed the story and the ending had me excited to see what happens next. Plus One was a fantastic YA romance. It was thrilling, romantic, and full of deeply hidden secrets. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful book. Romance lovers, this is definitely a book not to be missed. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
I was first drawn to Plus One because of the gorgeous cover, but then with the synopsis of the alternate reality along with the segregation of people into people who are allowed to be out during the day and those only at night cemented my interest. Plus One was addicting for me. I read half of it in one sitting and wanted to read more, but had to go to bed. Sol's family loyalty and her bravery to get things done made me admire her. She was smart, but also she was a rule breaker, so she has been in a factory doing mindless work. She doesn't seem to mind too much because she is taking care of her grandpa, Poppu. Her parents passed when she was little and it had been them and her brother Ciel since. Ciel got into trouble and now he was recruited by the Rays (Day people) in order to hack, which is what he was locked up for. So Sol doesn't get to see him anymore and she's hurt by that because she'd always felt so close. She goes through great lengths to get her brother's new baby to Poppu so he could hold her. He was gravely ill and wouldn't make it to the next Unity night, where Rays and Smudges could be out during their opposite hour. The world building for this was pretty good, I liked learning about how the Day/Night system was set up and it was harrowing how strict it was. There are what they call Hour Guards who checks ids and makes sure that each perspective group is where they should be. When she is in the hospital she meets D'Arcy, who she refers to as Day Boy in her head, which made me smirk. He is the doctor's apprentice, but the way he gets wrapped up in Sol's life kept my attention. What made him stick around and continue to help her was admirable even if he did certain things following procedure that got her in more trouble at first. Also, his family brings another element of depth to the story. He is the apprentice of his mom, and his dad has such a story as to their differences and lives. I like though that the relationship between Sol and D'Arcy was slow. They had the banter that I enjoyed from the start, as well as D'Arcy's motives. It made me a little nervous not knowing why he kept helping her, but then meeting his dad, and realizing what a heart he has, it become more clear. I was so cheering for them especially with the desk situation and its resolution. So. Normally I am all about a stand alone but I seriously hope that this one is not. The ending was sweet in ways, but it just didn't sit right with me. Maybe its brave to end that way and it shows just the depth of the loyalty of Sol to those who manage to weave their way into her heart. But still. It was sad to me, and I know it should be hopeful and giving that open end where you can argue with yourself about exactly how it will play out. Bottom Line: Grabbed my attention. Loved the slow build, but had an issue with ending, which would be resolved with a 2nd book.
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review** 5 stars To start out with, “Sol” Soleil Le Coeur is a brave girl. She is bound and determined to allow her dying grandfather, Poppu, to hold his brand-new great-granddaughter…the child of her brother Ciel that was reassigned from Night as a “Smudge” to Day as a “Ray” about three years prior. And in a system where Smudges are looked upon as the “less significant” of the population and live at night, and sleep all day, it was the worst possible thing that Sol could imagine – especially when her Poppu’s health is declining rapidly. So she makes the decision to get into the hospital somehow during the “day” shift once she’s heard of her niece’s birth…and how does she do this without getting a curfew violation? But obtaining an injury that doesn’t look intentional…everything goes as planned until she meets her doctor, a young medical apprentice named D’Arcy Benoit who cares for her while she’s getting her finger mended. And when she sees the opportunity to so what she has promised, she strikes and removes her niece from the hospital nursery to meet Poppu…but things go downhill quickly for Sol – especially when she realizes she has taken the wrong baby. D’Arcy or “Day Boy” as Sol calls him comes looking for her once he realizes what she has done, and throughout the story, they start to appreciate that they are more similar than they would like to admit. They end up protecting each other – until the end. The story starts out a little slowly, but once it gets started, it doesn’t stop throughout. There are a few slightly confusing parts if you’re not paying attention where the story jumps from past back to present – but it does show the times and days when they jump back to present, where the past scenes are usually just labeled with a title instead of a specific time. I thought the story was extremely well written and had some element of surprise around every corner. I love Sol’s fierce protective nature – she wants to take care of those that care for her. But she still is a very spirited girl that wants to buck against authority. Sol is definitely that sun – and I was captivated from the first paragraph. I’d without a doubt recommend this book to anyone looking for a non-paranormal YA coming of age story that is a soul bearing story of love and loyalty.
I took one look at this cover and knew this book had to be mine. Yes, I did the whole "judging a book by its cover" on this one but LOOK AT IT. It's breathtakingly gorgeous. And that lip lock screams my name in a serious way. Certainly this is a mushy gushy love story, right? Oh, no. This story is one part romance and fourteen parts action/adventure/science fiction/dystopian/drama goodness all wrapped up in cover worthy of being hung on a wall and called art. Not gonna lie. This book is smarter than me. Like, a LOT smarter. It's so smart that there are parts that went above my head, but you know what? I kind of love when that happens. I don't have to question if an actual THING could happen because I just believe that it could. Boom. Happy reader. And the way Fama weaves storylines together is so fun! I found myself quickly turning pages so I could see what happens next. Twists and turns abound! While I love a good romance, I think my favorite relationship in this book was between Sol and Poppu, her grandfather. Oh, heck. Who am I kidding?! I freaking love Sol and D'Arcy. It's a slow building romance that had me COL (cheering out loud) and D'Arcy is one of those good guys that I can't help but fall for. (Though Sol outshines him because she's a remarkable heroine!) But watching Sol and Poppu AND her brother, Ciel work through this story really was my favorite part. For real. Now, I hear a lot of people say that they're SO OVER dystopian books, but listen to me. PLUS ONE is a refreshing story and reads more like science fiction than dystopian. Give it a chance, you naysayers of genres. I'm willing to bet you'll like it.
Imagining an alternate reality with a distinct dystopian feel to it is rather frightening. In Plus One half the population live at night and the other half during the day. Curfews are set up to keep these two groups thoroughly separate. If curfew is broken, even by an underage person, the transgression is punishable. Add to this government control of your phone - tracking software included, controlled shopping, and numerous other highly inhibiting rules, and we have a very scary picture. Now imagine having a night person, or Smudge, and a day person, or Ray, in love with one another. This is the fate of Soleil and D'arcy. After reporting Sol, the main character, for a self-induced injury, D'arcy decides to aid her in her efforts to steal her niece and to protect her from the authorities. Together these two get involved in much more than the kidnapping of an infant; think dangerous medical procedures and government corruption. Sol is a realistic, well fleshed out character. Her impulsive nature combined with an ever present sense of hopelessness and negativity creates an interesting contrast, making her a particularly memorable character. These slightly offbeat, negative attributes are balanced by her open, loving nature towards her grandfather and D'arcy, and her willingness to make enormous sacrifices to see her loved ones safe and happy. For a large part of this book D'arcy is in two minds. Should he protect Sol and let the romantic side win out, or should he think of his future. The other characters in Plus One are vibrant and imaginatively crafted. From Sol's selfish brother, Ciel and the colorful, emotional Gigi to D'arcy's drama-queen mother, Hélène; all these characters enrich the story and made an impression on me. Filled with suspense as well as romance, Plus One is a tale of courage, sacrifice, betrayal and, ultimately, hope. This book should appeal to both YA readers as well as adults. (Ellen Fritz)
4-1/2 Stars. This was a fascinating read into a world divided by day and night. I'll admit at first I wasn't sure I was going to buy into why the world was divided this way, but the way Fama set it all up was truly interesting. Using the flu pandemic of 1918, society split in two - Night (Smudges) and Day (Rays). Of course there are strict rules separating the two, and the Smudges are less privileged than the Rays. But this is just the background, because there are so many layers to this story. The first half of the book goes back and forth between past and present, and it slowed the pacing down for me a bit, but I'll tell you that the second half was hard to put down. I had to know what was going on and felt at the edge of my seat until the very end. The entire story had such amazing twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I loved not knowing what to expect. I loved the action sequences intermixed with the heartfelt moments. The entire story was put together fantastically. Sol, our female protagonist, was amazing, kind-hearted, sacrificial, feisty, tough, and everything you want in a heroine. I loved her. D'Arcy, our male protagonist, was a mystery to get to know, but quickly became swoon-worthy. The way Fama blended their story together was so sweet and beautiful and a real treat to read. I felt their connection. I did have one issue, but otherwise completely loved Sol and D'Arcy and their story. And then there is a terrific blend of secondary characters that complete this unique story. Elizabeth Fama has written a really incredible standalone dystopian novel. I didn't realize until I finished it that it was a standalone, and was only disappointed in the end that there wouldn't be another book because I loved getting to know these characters so much. The ending may not wrap everything up in a pretty pink bow, but it does leave the reader with a complete story and a hopeful ending, and I loved it.