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Plus One (Plus One #1)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  1,613 ratings  ·  305 reviews
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 delib
ebook, 373 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
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I had high expectations for Plus One, especially with how much I enjoyed Monstrous Beauty last year, but unfortunately I didn't click with this one. I won't fault the writing itself, Fama still has a way with words. My problems mostly lay with the plot and world building.

While the setting itself is interesting in many ways - involving a society divided by night and day, characterized with social divides and discrimination - I found its raison d'être quite flaky. The idea of a whole epidemic bei
Rating: 4.5 Stars

From the moment I cracked open the spine of Plus One, it felt as if Elizabeth Fama had written her sophomore novel just for me.

For the past year and a half, practically, I've been dutifully rejecting every dystopian novel that has come my way, from the older Maze Runner to the newer The 5th Wave and the unreleased Salvage. In other words, I have been mentally and not-so-mentally raging about the dystopian genre; at its lack of originality, its failure to draw forth complex chara
Jessica (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

LOTS of dystopians flooding the YA market these days.

That doesn’t particularly bother me, but as is true when a market is flooded with anything, I’ve had to become more selective in deciding which dystopians to actually read. I needed to create a method of separating the wheat from the the chaff, the silver from the dross, the smart and fresh and original dystopians from the bored and stale and copycat dystopians.

It hasn’t been easy or even 100% accurate, but I have saved
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In an alternate reality following the 1918 flu pandemic, Soleil Le Coeur concocts a desperate plan to kidnap her newborn niece so that her grandfather is able to hold her one last time before he dies. Her plan goes foul when she finds herself embroiled in a political feud between opposing Night and Day groups.

When the 1918 flu
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
That was beyond beautiful. I am unbelievably enamored with Elizabeth Fama's gorgeous prose and stunning articulation.


He went on. "You admitted you were throwing your life away so that Poppu could hold Fleur just once, and it was like the floor of your apartment opened under me. You had the balls to condense the whole screwed-up world into this one pure thing, this crazy act of love. Everything I was working for collapsed through that hole with me, and I went i
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship

First things first, let's decide on the rating because I love giving golden, little stars to books.

In terms of writing, characters, plot, blah di dah all mushed together and judged together, I'd like to give Plus One three intact stars. On the other hand, when I consider my feels, or lack thereof, and enjoyment, or lack thereof again, I can come up with nothing better than 2.5.

SO I decided, if I'm going to break them, I might as well go in completely, AND compromised be
4.5 stars

Since the flu pandemic of 1918, society has been split into Day and Night, with rules and strict curfews separating the groups. Sol is a Smudge who goes to school and work at night. She doesn't care for school, and resents the drudgery of her job. But she doesn't spend a lot of time dwelling on that, because all of her energy is focused on caring for her sick grandfather Poppu. Sol's brother Ciel was switched to a Day schedule two years ago, and despite how close they were growing up, s
The starting of the book is Spectacular.
Then I'd divide the book into the first 75%-80% which is pretty darn good. After that the story shape-shifts into a different beast. And that's where in my opinion, loses the shine.
One less star because of the last 20% of the book where I do think the story lost traction and because the romance actually took away from the lovely chemistry between the characters.

All that said, this is a book you must not miss this year. I will be checking out Fama's debu
4.5 stars.. And simply as beautiful as the cover – which actually takes my breath away!

Isn’t it refreshing to read something that doesn’t resemble anything (or ‘everything’) you’ve read before? To meet characters that seem new in many ways, but as close to you as your best friends; to witness action that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time; to savour sweet moments that melt you into a puddle of ‘awww’?

The first time I saw this cover I fell in love. Madly in love, I knew I had to h
Giselle at BO-OK NERD Canada
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 c ...more
Abbe "The Awesome Senior" Hinder

3.5 Interesting Clouds!

I am so sick of romance in Young Adult novels. It’s all insta-love or something close to it. Romances more often than not take over the story but in Plus One there’s barely any romance until about 70%! I’m not kidding! It’s flipping amazing! The build-up, the relationship, perfection! Okay, except that D’Arcy totally insta-loved Sol at the beginning, but it didn’t bother me. My biggest problem with this has to do with the world building and the flashbacks. The whole night
A thrilling, romantic, fast-paced read, Plus One was a wonderful YA book. I really enjoyed reading it. It didn't have the best start, but it turned out to be a fantastic read.

Sol was a wonderful heroine. She was strong and very determined to get what she wanted, even though her plans weren't always rational. She was clever and definitely held her own in a world of secrets and betrayals. My only issue with her was that she was a a tad too impulsive, getting herself into ridiculous situations, and
Carina Olsen
I knew when I first heard of this book that I would read it and most likely love it, because I adore Elizabeth Fama, and I loved her other book, Monstrous Beauty. And then I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this a few days ago, and I could not wait to read it. The summary is awesome, but it kind of made me think that I would be confused a lot in this book. Not true at all.

I'm not used to reading books that have no fantasy, but I can honestly say that I did not mind that one bit in this book. Be
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)

It's was ending that cinched it for me.

Some authors would take the easy road and give us a happily ever after, even if it's completely out of context and doesn't make any sense (IM LOOKING AT YOU JENNIFER L ARMENTROUT), but some authors do it the realistic way and don't smother us with a bullshit ending that even a 3 year old can find problems with.

And no, nobody died, and that's all I'm willing to say.

The writing is great, the characters are great and the setting is...great. *gets thesaurus
Nikki (There were books involved...)
This review can also be found at my blog, There were books involved...


I can't think of any other books I've read that I can compare to Plus One , it's that unique. There's something about the way the plot worked together with the characters, the setting, the pacing... Even when things slowed down (which they do for a section in the middle), it was still gripping.

Plus One is a surprisingly personal and character-driven story, despite Sol and D'Arcy's eventual involve
nancy (The Ravenous Reader)
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
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This makes five in a series of books I’ve read over the last couple of days that’s made reference to someone’s too intimate use of tu over the more usual (and possibly more formal) use of vous. Granted the first four books were actually a part of series revolving foodie romances set in France. Perhaps it’s me encountering the very same thing here, that’s got me remarking on it... because really, those four foodie romances are leaps to this particular YA post apoca.. dystopia.. urban fant
What can I say about this book you guys? Elizabeth Fama is brilliant! She has such a way with words. I LOVED the character of Sol so much. She is feisty and always says what she feels but most importantly, she is a true heroine. She puts the needs of others before her own. This book is so much more than another teen romance (don't let the cover or blurb fool you). I am not anywhere near as eloquent as Elizabeth so I will just end this by saying, do yourself a favor and read this book! Sol is wai ...more
4.5 Stars.

Some of you may remember that Fama’s much praised and beloved Monstrous Beauty and I did not get along. At all. For me, that book was like a train wreck, I finished it because I just couldn’t look away from the mess.

But (yes, there is a but!), I have to hand huge props to Elizabeth Fama who reached out to me after I posted one of my nastier reviews, and never once told me I was wrong in my opinion. She only wanted to discuss where she was coming from in the book, and did so in such a r
Absolutely LOVED this one! Plus One is an extraordinary, incredible tale that is wholly consuming and unique. Make sure to have this one on your radar! It's a must-read.

Look for my full review in April!
The dying should grieve the living.

Plus One is set in an alternative universe wherein society is divided based on the time of the day. We have the Smudges who wander the streets during nighttime, and the Rays who are working around during the day. There's a great political tension happening in this government although we don't really delve much into the bigger picture. Instead we set our sights on a particular Smudge.

Meet Soliel Le Coeur. Rude, reckless, and ambitious. Later in the novel these
Sharon (aka: Bunny)
Mar 21, 2014 Sharon (aka: Bunny) marked it as to-read-in-english  ·  review of another edition
So I have to admit,this cover THIS COVER had me preorder the hardcover version of the book.

I don't care what it's about anymore I just want to keep staring at this beauty...

Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Wow! Didn't think I'd love this as much as I did! I really need book 2 now!!!
Kat (Lost in Neverland)

Sol is a Smudge, forced to live only at night and hide away in the daytime.
D'Arcy is a Ray, a medical apprentice and day resident, allowed to go as he pleases in the daytime.
These two very different people will cross paths and become impossibly entangled in each other's lives.

Now this is how you write characters. This is how you write love, and depth, and a plot that keeps you turning the pages.

This is not how you write worldbuilding.

Both Sol and D'Arcy (don't worry, he isn't named after the
Plus One is a young adult novel that takes place in an alternate version of the United States, where the population is divided. Half of the population, Rays, come out during the day time as we do now while at night, Smudges come out, having slept during the day. It is expected and required of you to stick to your given time, as guards are constantly checking up on America's citizens, and can learn everything about you by glancing at your cell phone. The main character Sol, a Smudge, finds hersel ...more
Michelle Sedeño
Originally reviewed on The Escapist.


I was instantly captured by Plus One's cover, and the blurb didn't failed to impress me as well. There are lots of YA books now and still to come and I'm looking for something that I never heard of--something new. And when I saw Plus One, I think this might be it.

At first, I was completely lost because I couldn't get into Sol's character/head (or is that me and my stressed mind? LOL). But after a little patience, I dived in to her shoes and understand her s
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Originally posted at Stay Bookish

Let me start by saying that Plus One is a great addition to the many books in the young adult community and I’m so thankful that I got the opportunity to read it! This novel, I think, is really unique and pretty impressive once you give it a chance. It’s hard not to admire the way Elizabeth Fama has crafted her characters- you can’t help but grow attached to them.

Don’t forget you want me.

I won’t lie. I did have a few apprehensions. Several actually. The first was
Yeah, no.

Casual rape threats and using the term as an insult? Sure. /sarcasm

"What's your name?" I asked.
"What's it to you?"
I shrugged. "I just like to know who's raping me."

"Well, isn't that just a coincidence," the girl said. "When I'm raping someone I like to whisper my name in their ear."

"It's Gigi, and after I rape you I think I'll do your boyfriend. "

And then there's this charming gem:

"I can' t wait until I track down your wife and fist-rape her."

Seriously? What in the name of fuck?

Kerri (Book Hoarder)
I'll be honest - this is one of those books I picked up because of the cover. :D Isn't it dreamy? I have to admit that it suits the world of the book pretty well, too, where everyone is divided into night and day...

This book wasn't quite what I hoped for, though. A bit predictable at times, and it felt as though it stretched on a bit long.

Sol lives with her grandfather, and has a crazy, hare-brained scheme at the beginning of the book - she is going to kidnap her niece so that her dying grandf
This is actually a pretty interesting book, and the three-star rating is not a negative rating, it's a "I have very mixed feelings about some key elements" three-star rating.

Anyway, the characterization of the narrator, Sol, is pretty fantastic. What a nice surprise. She was really interesting, a bit impulsive and just all-around a memorable narrator. I quite liked the romance here--this is one of those books that's going to be labeled "instalove," but it's one where it makes a lot of sense for
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Elizabeth Fama is the author of Plus One (FSG, 2014), Monstrous Beauty (FSG, 2012), a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection and Odyssey Award honor winner, and Overboard (Cricket Books, 2002), an ALA Best Books for Young Adults. She is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger, Inc.

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“The thing is, when you’re with someone like Poppu - someone who sees straight through your battered facade and loves every bit of you, someone who makes you laugh until you pee your pants, someone who grabs you in a hug exactly when you need it - you don’t crave any kind of approval from strangers. You don’t need to “matter” in the world, because you already matter to the only person who counts.” 10 likes
“But after he tells you how they died, I want you to remember how they lived(...)” 4 likes
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