Giveaway, Excerpt and Review of Plus One by Elizabeth Fama [Blog Tour]
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Welcome to Mother/Gamer/Writer for the Plus One Blog Tour. For today’s tour stop, we hope you enjoy our review of this amazing dystopian/science fiction/thrill ride mash up, an excerpt from the novel, and enter for your chance to win a copy of the novel!
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Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
Published by: Farrar Straus and Giroux on 4/8/2014
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Blog Tour
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About the Book:
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.
Even though I had an extremely difficult time enjoying Monstrous Beauty, the delicious Plus One automatically trapped my heart.
Plus One opened with a dark and demented world, grabbed my undivided attention, and never let me go. There was amazing beauty in this broken world and a dramatic sense of urgency that I feel is missing from so many books I’ve read over the last several months. Greeted with obstacles every second and with every precious step, our main character Soleil Le Coeur, glistened across the pages. She was bold, a tad bit too courageous, and trembling with flaws. My heart sang after Sol overcame her obstacles and fears, it even fluttered when she was met with heartache, and Plus One is full of twists.
Everyone knows why the world fell apart. After the flu pandemic of 1918 swept through the nation destroying almost everything, the population divided into two distinct groups: Night and Day. While Day people had all the privileges, those that lived during the night adhered to strict curfews, rules and regulations. Even after the pandemic was over the segregation remained and most accepted that Day and Night was just a simple way of life. Sol, a Night girl, lived with her grandfather Poppu and brother Ciel after the tragic death of her parents. Despite what happened, the three of them lived a normal life filled with love, affection, and strength for one another. However, their happy little family began to deteriorate with Poppu’s diagnosis of cancer and Ciel’s reassignment to Day. Life pretty much sucker punched the normalcy from Sol’s world and further fueled her hatred for Days. With her grandfather only weeks, days, hours, breaths away from death, she soon decides to give him one final happy memory.
Ah Plus One how amazballs you are! I was on the edge of my seat drinking you in. I yelled, rooted, gasped aloud and breathed so many desperate sighs of relief. Though your end game wasn’t quite clear, I enjoyed discovering how you’d get there. Sol was a delightful character to read. Spunky and fun. When it was time for the romance, I felt myself screaming for it. I knew the two would come together I just wanted to know when, when ,WHEN!?! D’Arcy and Sol are two dynamic characters. Both were so complicated I wasn’t sure they would ever find their way into each other’s hearts. But, it happened and I SWOONED SO HARD. Yay!
Overall, Plus One is a story about acceptance, love, fighting for your beliefs and finding that small sliver of light in the darkest of hours. The plot twists are abundant and worth reading – and screaming – about. This crazy messed up world is truly unique, sometimes crazy and unbelievable, but easy to fall in love with. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a razor sharp dystopian with great science fiction elements and fast paced romance.
At that moment the trees exploded. The starlings, on a mysterious mass whim, burst from their perches like thousands of synchronized windup toys. They formed a zeppelin-size cloud that seemed to levitate into the sky, swirling as each bird adjusted instantaneously to the smallest movement of the bird next to it. The cloud shimmered, flashing black and silver in the light, twisting on itself, blowing above us like a plume of smoke on the wind. D’Arcy and I, and every other person on the prairie with us, turned our heads and swiveled our bodies, following the path of the birds.
“A murmuration!” someone shouted.
Back and forth the cloud of starlings swirled: now as concentrated as a tornado, then unfurling like a massive flag in the wind, finally rolling in on itself into a tube, and a ball, becoming blacker and smaller in its density, then breaking apart into two midair groupings and shape-shifting seamlessly together again. The cloud ebbed and flowed through the vast sky—wheeling like a wave cut loose from the ocean, pouring over the farmland across the road—and suddenly disappeared high above the trees, only to reappear just as quickly, swooping back over the prairie, so low over our heads that D’Arcy and I ducked instinctively, my hair whipping in the downdraft they generated, their wings beating like the rush of the surf, deafening as they passed. I screamed involuntarily, my chest bursting with the marvel, the joy, the miracle of nature. It gave me the sort of exhilarating edge of fear that I had whenever I experienced something astonishingly beautiful. The mass of birds flew up, straight up, headed for orbit, and then curled and plummeted in a limp waterfall of tiny bodies behind the trees, falling straight toward the ground into utter silence.
The people around us laughed in overt wonder. I was gasping for air, and my heart was beating frantically in my chest. D’Arcy’s face fairly glowed.
I shoved him in the shoulders, making him lose his balance, blurting, “No fair!” and then caught him before he fell. We steadied each other— I grabbed his elbows, he held my waist— as I said, forgetting to conceal a smile that was probably transparent with adoration, “You just had to top my Milky Way, didn’t you?”
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