Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: April 8th, 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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, Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure story.
This is a DNF review. Only 40% was read, the rest was skimmed.
My initial expectation of PLUS ONE was that it was basically going to be like a Romeo & Juliet retelling, or another THESE BROKEN STARS. Apart from the forbidden romance, this book could not be more different.
PLUS ONE started out confusing, and only got more confusing. Being thrown right into the story where terminology and new words are being thrown around is no fun. It was frustrating not knowing any background or having any explanations until later in the book. I even would have preferred an info-dump to ignorance.
I’m still not entirely sure what the book was about. I read almost halfway through, and I’m still pretty sure it’s about babies. No joke. Secret babies, stolen babies, misplaced babies, and super special babies. But mostly just people stealing babies.
The characters are pretty eccentric, and the dynamic they have together is even more weird. Because of that aspect, I did not buy into the romance. At all. When the love interest was first introduced I didn’t even think he was going to be the love interest, I had no clue. Trust me, that’s not a good thing. It was more of a “this guy can’t possibly be the love interest.
Please don’t let him be the love interest.”
The writing itself is very descriptive and easy to read. It’s… well, it’s pretty.
“The bridge was geologically ancient, an impassive observer, surrounded by life that was fleeting in comparison: trees that would only survive hundreds of years, tourists who would only live decades, insects that would thrive only for weeks.”
So if unconventional characters and … babies? are your thing, PLUS ONE is definitely for you. On a more serious note, the concept and writing are two huge positives but I wouldn’t put too much weight on the other aspects of this book.