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Plus One

(Plus One #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  3,344 ratings  ·  573 reviews
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 bab
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own
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 ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
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
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 we
Hannah (jellicoereads)
Apr 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dystopia
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?

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
Stuti Rai
Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it

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
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 t
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
Debbie Narh

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 ni
Feb 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: to-unhaul

Not sure whether I'm going to round it up or not. It was enjoyable, but I expected it to be more.

Plus one is a good book. After seeing all that criticism about the ending I was worried, but in the end I appreciated it. I liked the concept, I liked the characters and for once I even enjoyed the romance although I admit it was rather predictable.

Sol is a Smudge. A Smudge is someone who lives their life at night: in Sol's world America is rigidly divided between people who live their lives dur
Kyla Harris
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, cover-lovin, own-it
4/7/16 - 1.7 stars

This book is such a time waster.

I was so excited to start this book because it kept on showing up on bookstagram! (and that cover is hard to forget!) So I finally ended up buying it and once I got my hands on it I read about 2/3's of it in one setting. But after that the book just went down hill. The beginning wasn't impressive, but it wasn't horrible. Now after 2/3's of the book it just started becoming horribly boring and worthless. Noting was happening and if something did t
Carina Olsen
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jen Ryland
YA author Elizabeth Fama has always been on my radar, but to be completely honest, she hasn't written a book that screams "my kind of book." I'm really not a fan of mermaid stories, and by the time Plus One came out, I was suffering from a severe case of dystopian fatigue. (Now that I've read the book, I think I'd call it alt-history/dystopian.) But when Elizabeth contacted me to offer up a copy of her newly produced audiobook, I happily accepted.

Then (TMI alert) the holidays happened and I disc
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
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it
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
Oct 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I hate this book!!!!!!! --it was an ok book!!!---But the freaking ending!!!! I would just be okay with it only if there were a second book!!!! Why did she have to do this to me!!!!

At various times, I would get super excited, and I guess that's what propelled me to finish it; but I think I would have dropped it if scenes(that I didn't find particularly as exciting) were back to back.
Danielle (Love at First Page)
My thoughts about Plus One are mostly positive. But I need to start my review with a caveat: I expected more. There was just something missing for me, a lack of a deeper emotional connection. I have a lot of great things to say about the worldbuilding, the relationships, D'Arcy, and the writing, but my issues stem from different expectations I had for the book and the plot itself.

> First of all, that cover is utterly GORGEOUS. It hints at forbidden romance. It's evocative and dreamy. It's romant
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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 i
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plus One

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
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: requested
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
Oct 16, 2013 rated it liked it

Plus One was another book where I fell hard and fast for the gorgeous cover, but unfortunately the book didn’t end up living to my expectations. The story had a lot of potential to go far, I was immediately sucked into this day and night divide; people were either Smudges (could only be up and about during the night or Rays (did everything during the day time). I was intrigued in finding out how this division first came about, and how people coped with the curfews in place. I know for one I w
nancy (The Ravenous Reader)
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Brad Sells
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Sharon L
Nov 30, 2013 marked it as to-read-in-english
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)
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Didn't think I'd love this as much as I did! I really need book 2 now!!! ...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
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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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.

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