Thursday, June 26, 2014

Review: Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

Publisher: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux
Pages: 373
Received: Received an e-copy from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: April 8, 2014
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Goodreads Synopsis:

It takes guts to deliberately mutilate your hand while operating a blister-pack sealing machine, but all I had going for me was guts.

Sol Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller in an America rigidly divided between people who wake, live, and work during the hours of darkness and those known as Rays who live and work during daylight. Impulsive, passionate, and brave, Sol deliberately injures herself in order to gain admission to a hospital, where she plans to kidnap her newborn niece—a Ray—in order to bring the baby to visit her dying grandfather. By violating the day-night curfew, Sol is committing a serious crime, and when the kidnap attempt goes awry it starts a chain of events that will put Sol in mortal danger, uncover a government conspiracy to manipulate the Smudge population, and throw her together with D'Arcy Benoît, the Ray medical apprentice who first treats her, then helps her outrun the authorities—and with whom she is fated to fall impossibly and irrevocably in love.

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 compelling, rapid-fire romantic adventure story.

My Review:

I had heard a lot of interesting things about this book before picking it up, and the cover really caught my eye, after finishing this book I did really enjoy it but it wasn't absolute love. I really believe Elizabeth Fama has a beautiful writing style that kept me intrigued throughout the whole story. I found myself immersed in this new world where people share day and night, having many places open around the clock.

When Sol decides to try to kidnap her niece so that her dying grandfather can meet her, problems arise and change Sol's world quickly. Sol finds herself in the middle of a political conspiracy and her life changes drastically, with the help of D'Arcy Benoit, who has treated her injuries and now ends up helping her through her issues. I enjoyed the interactions between D'Arcy and Sol, they have this good back and forth, where they are both sarcastic and they take their time to really get to know each other. What really caught my interest was how you get to see a lot of Sol's past and you learn why she is so jaded towards certain things.

The one thing about the characters in this book is that they are very real, living in this divide they are two completely different people who each have different outcomes. I enjoyed the world that Fama created in this story, but I feel like the story itself took some time to get into, and by the time I was truly invested in the controversy the story ended. I felt that there could have been a little more intrigue with the conspiracy idea in this story.

The romance was what really kept me reading though, I wanted to know more about Sol and D'Arcy, watching as they spend more time together and really get to know and understand one another. The end of the story left me wanting a little more and yet at the same time I think it had a perfect ending where you see that anything can happen.


  1. I have heard so many good things about this book so I'm sad to hear you didn't love it as much. I really need to get to it soon.

  2. I've never heard of this book! But it sounds intriguing! And the cover is beautiful! I might have to see if my library has a copy....



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