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Author: Elizabeth Fama
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Dystopia
Release Date: April 8, 2014
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR
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.
Plus One is a highly original and inventive novel that crosses genre boundaries and tackles serious topics all while taking the reader on a thrilling adventure. The story follows two people from opposites sides of the tracks - or, more literally, from different sides of the day. There's something about star-crossed lovers that always gets me - most likely the sheer romance of it all, their love being the most important thing to them, etc. The characters in this book are your typical teens who aren't supposed to even meet one another, let alone fall in love. The world that the author created was incredibly detailed and had lots of vivid imagery so I easily immersed myself into the story and the dystopian surroundings. I loved learning all about the Smudges and the Rays - what made people fall into each category, what their lives were like, their surroundings and rules. I think it gave the book an original plot and an interest take on a dystopian setting - it's unlike any other book in the genre I've read. The characters were well rounded with distinct personalities and obvious strengths and flaws. The writing was conversational, so I felt like I immediately connected with Soleil - as we get to read her thoughts and emotions while everything is going on. The writing was very well done with fantastic world building and a gripping plot that had me eagerly reading to see what was going to happen next. The book itself mixes a ton of different genres together - from science fiction and dystopia to action and adventure and even romance - there's a bit of something in this book for fans of all types of fiction. I really loved this book and I'm bummed that it's not going to be a series - I would definitely devour the other books! Overall, I found this to be an enchanting and thrilling novel and I highly recommend it to fans of several genres, especially those who love YA science fiction, dystopia, and romance.
Elizabeth Fama is the author of Plus One (FSG, 2014), Monstrous Beauty (FSG, 2012), a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection and Odyssey Award honor winner, and Overboard (Cricket Books, 2002), an ALA Best Books for Young Adults. She is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger, Inc.