Friday, May 30, 2014

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama [Review]

Plus One4 out of 5 Robots!

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release: April 8, 2014
Hardcover: 373 Pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
First off, I LOVE the cover.  So pretty.  But I kind of hate the title.  Even after I read the book and understood what "Plus One" means...I thought it was kind of an awkward title.  Oh well.

Ok, on to the actual book.  First of all, I really really liked the premise.  I thought the idea of society being divided into day and night was very interesting.  I've read a lot of books involving a divided society, but I thought this was a unique take on the genre. I also thought Fama did a good job of giving us a glimpse of what life is like, without over explaining.  Some readers may prefer more details, but I like books to be somewhere in the middle...well imagined and thought out, but without a lot of minutiae to bog the plot down.  And here, I felt Fama struck a good balance.

I probably should have known this based on the summary, but the plot was more action packed than I expected.  I expected more of sweeping, romantic feel...a long of the lines of These Broken Stars.  Again, if I had really read the description, I probably could have figured out that the action part of the plot would play a larger roll.  I mean, it has a baby kidnapping subplot!  Haha.  But don't get me wrong, there is romance, but I didn't feel as connected to it as I would have liked.  I wasn't opposed to any part of it...but I didn't exactly swoon over it either. 

Lastly, it seems that Plus One is a standalone novel, which is unusual...particularly for this genre.  The ending, while not a cliff-hanger, does leave the door wide open for a possible follow up.  If this novel is truly a standalone, I think I would have liked a little more closure - possibly some kind of epilogue to find out exactly what happens to the characters.  As it is, it does feel a little unfinished.

Overall, I did enjoy this book.  I liked the unique premise and the characters.  The book is fast paced and interesting.  I think it is definitely worth a read.


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