Plus One

by | Read by Julia Whelan

Published by Elizabeth Fama

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 take the baby to visit her dying grandfather. Sol's violation of the day/night curfew is already a serious crime, but when her kidnap attempt goes awry, she stumbles on a government conspiracy to manipulate the Smudge population. Sol escapes the authorities with an unexpected ally: a Ray who gets in her way, a boy she might have hated if fate hadn't forced them on the run together—a boy the world now tells her she can't love. 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.

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Plus One

Julia Whelan's impassioned narration enhances the author's story of an alternate reality. In this world, citizens are divided--living either by day or by night. Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a "smudge"--someone relegated by law to live under the veil of night. Sol fakes an injury as part of her plan to give her dying grandfather one last gift--to hold his great-granddaughter, Sol's niece, who is a "ray," someone who lives her life during the day. Unknowingly, Sol sets in motion a series of events that lead to political unrest and unlikely love. Sol's desperation and intense love come through powerfully in Whelan's delivery as the members of an intriguing subculture come to life. A.L.C. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine


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This book is paired with:

If I Run

By Terri Blackstock
Read by Nan Gurley
Published by Zondervan

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