Author: Elizabeth Fama
Publication: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (April 8, 2014)
Description: Divided by day and night and on the run from authorities, star-crossed young lovers unearth a sinister conspiracy in this compelling romantic thriller.
Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller prohibited by law from going out during the day. When she fakes an injury in order to get access to and kidnap her newborn niece—a day dweller, or Ray—she sets in motion a fast-paced adventure that will bring her into conflict with the powerful lawmakers who order her world, and draw her together with the boy she was destined to fall in love with, but who is also a Ray.
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.
My Thoughts: It starts out pretty simply. Sol Le Coeur wants to show her dying grandfather his new great-granddaughter. Except Sol is a Smudge who is prohibited from being out in the day and the baby is a Ray and a day dweller. When her computer hacker older brother Ciel was captured by the police and reassigned to Day, he was forced to abandon his family and only contact them on approved days with censored messages. Now Ciel has a baby and the grandfather who raised both kids after their parents' deaths is dying himself. Sol has no one else and is willing to face any consequence to let her grandfather see the baby.
So Sol deliberately injures herself near the end of her factory shift so that she needs to be taken to the hospital. She just has to figure out a way to elude the doctor and medical apprentice who are caring for her, find her way to the maternity ward, and kidnap the infant. But medical apprentice D'Arcy Benoit is not that easy to elude.
The two of them end up kidnapping the wrong baby, running from the powerful parent of the infant they stole, and interacting with other social outcasts - the Noma. And learning a powerful secret that the government doesn't want exposed. Oh, and falling in love too.
The world building was very well done and showed what the future could be like if the population was divided into Days and Nights as a result of a medical epidemic. Sol's plight and determination were also well done. Sol was willing to anything for those she loved and willing to face any consequences.
This was a very enjoyable and thought provoking story.
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 that counts.I got this ARC from Macmillan. You can buy your copy here.