Friday, April 4, 2014

Book Review - Plus One

Title: Plus One
Author: Elizabeth Fama
Genre: Distopia
Similar Books: The Giver by Lois Lowry
                     The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Slack-jawed engrossing
Summary: In Sol's world, the population is strictly divided - those who live in the day and those who live at night - and there are strict punishments for being out when you don't belong. When Sol's grandfather is dying, she set about to enact a desperate plan to fulfill his final wishes. In the process she gets caught up in a much bigger plot.
My Opinion: At face value this is a very standard teen book. If you let yourself go a little deeper, though, it becomes much more. Sol isn't trying to change the world, just to please her grandfather. She makes rash decisions with little regard for how they will affect the rest of her life (though she does acknowledge from the beginning that her actions are likely to land her in jail). Sol is stubborn almost to the point of becoming unlikable. Fama takes us on a remarkable journey to an amazing conclusion. I can't wait to give this book to patrons.
Other Information: Plus One releases April 8th.

Advanced Reader Copy provided by Netgalley.

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