Review: PLUS ONE by Elizabeth Fama

PLUS ONE by Elizabeth Fama
April 8th 2014
Hardcover, 373 pages
ISBN: 0374360073
Source: Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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. 

My Thoughts:

WOW!! I was completely blown away with PLUS ONE by Elizabeth Fama. This story is wildly imaginative and the romance between Sol and D'arcy was unforgettable in it's beauty and intensity. I could not seem to get enough and only wanted more. So, you can imagine my grand sadness in finding out PLUS ONE was a stand alone novel. Normally I yearn for a stand alone read but sadly PLUS ONE is that rare gem that only demands more time within it's world and it's memorable characters.

What I really enjoyed about PLUS ONE is it's wonderfully unique concept of dividing a society to exist soley into either day/ray or night/smudge dwelling. Not that anyone has a choice or can flip flop from either existence and It is the severity and strictness of adhering to this world that is crazy good to read. At times I could not even fathom having to exist as a smudge and it only made me understand Sol all the more. 

Sol, is such a memorable character she is full of heart and brutally honest to a fault but you cannot help but admire her tenacity. Her desire to join her niece with her dying grandfather is what drives this story forward at a fast pace that is well detailed and richly informative without loosing my interest. Then D'arcy walks into the page and I am completely smitten with him and his beautiful soul and fearlessness. Once these two characters meet you cannot help but be drawn to them and they will present some moments that will simply take your breath away. Their romance is a nice distraction from the darker conspiracy that is paramount in this story, and you will be riveted to the very last word.

PLUS ONE is a great read that will keep you wholly engaged and you will be left longing for more. I highly recommend it to anyone that desires a world in an alternate reality that will make you question it's very inception and a romance that make your heart beat a bit faster. 


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