Plus One ★★★★☆

This book was so good I’m honestly so upset that there isn’t going to be a sequel.  I read this book over the course of two days and that is only because I had so much work to catch up on. This book sucked me in though, ended up keeping me awake till 2am on a weekday.

Goodreads Summary:

A dying wish. A family divided. A love that defies the law.

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 concocts a plan to kidnap her newborn niece–a Ray–in order to bring the baby to visit her dying grandfather. Sol’s violation of the day/night curfew is already a serious crime, but when her kidnap attempt goes awry, she stumbles on a government conspiracy to manipulate the Smudge population. Sol escapes the authorities with an unexpected ally: a Ray who gets in her way, a boy she might have hated if fate hadn’t forced them on the run together–a boy the world now tells her she can’t love.

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.

Review:

I loved the plot of this book and the way the topic of having the day/night curfews was conveyed. It could have been a lot more confusing then it ended up being, and for that I am grateful. The author created complex characters that felt real, they reacted to situations like 18 year olds would. I’ve read multiple books where the characters either fell flat, or they didn’t seem like real people because of how they would react/respond to situations they were put in.

Sol is an interesting character, she’s smart but yet she is working somewhere where her potential isn’t being used. The only reason for this is because she’s lazy, like plenty of high school students. But she is full of such emotion and love for her grandfather that everything she does in this book is for him. I loved Sol as the main character. She is a strong female who is willing to risk everything for the people she loves and that just made me love her more.

I loved the fact that in some parts of the book Sol and D’Arcy talk to each other in French. I was also very happy with how the love story ended up coming about and it wasn’t just an instant thing. They even hated each other at first and it took time for them to even like each other in the slightest. If you’re looking for a book where the love story is instantaneous then this book probably isn’t the one. I mean you may like it but if you want a love story you’re probably better off reading something like “Anna and the French Kiss” by Stephanie Perkins.

I’m not entirely sure if there is going to be a sequel to this book (I’ve read that there isn’t) but I really hope there will be. I defiantly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something dystopian that isn’t like every other dystopian book out there. If you’re looking for something with romance but not an instant romance then this book will may end up appealing to you as well.

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