Published by Elizabeth Fama on April 8th 2014
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.
Plus One is a dystopia set in an alternate universe where society was divided into day/night (2 shifts) after the flu pandemic of the early 1900’s. The story is a bit complicated and the synopsis covers it better than I would.
The story had a lot going for it and really kept my interest. Sol is a pretty believable teenager and quite interesting to follow. The back story/world building really makes no sense at all, and all the benefits/reasons this society was divided didn’t hold up. It would have been better if the author had maybe made everyone survive an environmental disaster where resources are limited and thus explained the need for people to time-share resources.
At any rate, the story has a pretty good pacing up until the middle where our two main characters go to a national park and the story slides to a crawl. Then they meet a rather over-the-top character who comes out of nowhere and takes the book from PG level to at least PG-13. The story picks up again here and maintains a pretty good pace to the end.
Overall, the story has an unrealistic setup and uneven pacing, but there is enough here to make it worth the listen and it was quite entertaining.