Review: ‘Plus One’ by Elizabeth Fama

Review: ‘Plus One’ by Elizabeth FamaPlus One by Elizabeth Fama
Published by Macmillan, Straus and Giroux (BYR) on April 8th, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 373
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought online
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.

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In an alternate reality where the Spanish flu has wiped out 50 million people, the United States adopted day and night workers to handle the care of treatment of the sick. Having worked so well that the pandemic was over, it turned into the regular way of life. Sol is a Smudge, only living her life at school, home and work during the evening. When she encounters D’Arcy, a Day, she realizes he may be her way to save her dying grandfather from kidnappers? What they find instead is something that can change the fate of her world as she knows it.

Told in past and present tenses, Sol’s voice is loud and unique. We find ourselves immersed in her life before her brother was arrested, to the present where things are chaotic and she has gotten herself into trouble with the law.


I love the fact that Sol and D’Arcy know French and speak it loud and clear. I love that they dislike each other so much. There is no instant love here whatsoever. And before we even see the two being together, we get an inside look at who they really are. Elizabeth gets into their minds and we see a much clearer picture of their characters. Their attraction is real though, and you know they’ll turn their hate into love soon enough. The anticipation is what killed me. I just wanted them together already. Sol’s last thoughts were very wise and mature considering the outcome..I found her to be extremely refreshing.

Lovely dystopian story.. Thank god the romance was super slow.. They didn’t even like each other in the beginning. And the way the knew each other was just too darn cute. I also loved the fact that the ending wasn’t predictable. If you’re looking for an instant romance, there is none! If you’re looking for a unique twist to the dystopian genre, grab this one. Sol’s voice is true and very wise which made her one of my favourite likable characters this year.

reading progress



Their job is to heal people, not put them in jail. (22)
You don’t need to “matter” in the world, because you already matter to the only person who counts. (25)
You may have nothing to lose, but I have everything. (57)
Really, why would any person do homework when they could read great novels—and trashy comics? (89)
Wanting what will never be. Love and its mysterious absence. (110)
Do you understand that other people live, and hope, and love each other? (165)
Please never stop sating exactly what you think. (313)
Wishes are stupid and pointless. They’re self-inflicted injuries—open wounds that you have to tend for the rest of your life just to contain them, to keep them from festering and consuming you. (357)





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  2. Jaime Lynn

    November 28, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    I was hesitant, as I always am nowadays with dystopian stories, when I was sent this one for review. But I wanted to do what was right, and read and review it, so I jumped right in, hoping for the best but expecting another major letdown. I was not at all expecting to fly through Sol and D’Arcy’s story, not being able to put it down without rushing to get back to it as fast as possible. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this wonderful book, and I am eagerly anticipating the sequel!

  3. Maria Villatoro

    November 28, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Awesome review. I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one too!

  4. Ebony @ Daring Damsels

    November 27, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Thanks for a wonderful review – I’ve wanted to read this one ever since I saw that beautiful cover, but haven’t heard a lot about it. Definitely putting it on my TBR now. 🙂

  5. Jillyn

    November 27, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    I really enjoyed this book when I read it. I’m glad you liked it too!

    • giselle

      November 27, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      Whoo hoo! I think Elizabeth’s writing is so underrated

  6. Cali W.

    November 27, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Good review. I see this book in the library and I need to read it still. 😉

  7. Sophia Rose

    November 26, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Oops, I had this one on my wishlist and forgot about it. Lovely review that brought it back to my attention. Thanks!

    • giselle

      November 27, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      You’re so welcome! It’s on sale on Book Outlet right now 😛

  8. Sharon Greene

    November 26, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    This sounds like a book I’d really enjoy. Thanks for the thoughtful review.

    • giselle

      November 27, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      I hope you enjoy it. You’re welcome Sharon

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