Sunday, May 25, 2014

Review: Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

Plus OneTitle: Plus One
Author: Elizabeth Fama
Published: April 8, 2014
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Format: Ebook; 373 pg
Source: Netgalley
ISBN: 0374360073
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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, Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure story.

In the world of Plus One, the government has separated humans into two classes; Smudges and Rays. Smudges are only allowed to live their lives in the night and are given a negative stereotype throughout the novel. Rays are individuals allowed to live their lives during the day. I guess you could say the Rays have a negative stereotype with the Smudges as well. However, the Rays seem to have better perks in life in general.

The main character of Sol is as selfless as they come. All she wants is for her grandfather to see his granddaughter before he passes away. However, this means she has to kidnap the infant and figure out how to get home to him. And another big problem? Sol is a Smudge and the baby, her brother Ciel's daughter, is a Day. This means Sol has to go through with a crazy plan to break curfew that ends up with her in the ER being nursed by D'Arcy. D'Arcy is a Ray, just the type that piss off Smudges like Sol. He seems like a know it all with a silver spoon in his mouth, but D'Arcy turns out to be anything but what Sol thinks...

The storyline was fast paced and really kept my attention throughout the whole novel. I couldn't wait to pick up this book to find out what was going to happen next. The relationships between the characters were believable and nothing seemed forced, the dialogue flowed effortlessly.

Overall, a really beautiful read. I would rank this up there with These Broken Stars. Fama just became one of my favorite new authors and I will definitely be looking forward to her next book!

5 stars to Plus One!

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