{Leah Reviews} Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Posted August 18, 2016 by Leah in Reviews / 4 Comments

{Leah Reviews} Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore


by Tahereh Mafi
Pages: 416
Published on August 30th 2016
by Dutton Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Also by this author: A Very Large Expanse of Sea

The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.
There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn't miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it's been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she's about to embark on one to find the other.
But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she'll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit--and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice's wits (and every limb she's got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself--and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

3.5 Stars

Going into a Tahereh Mafi book is like going into the unknown. The first time I read her debut, Shatter Me, I felt like I had been turned upside down and inside out, but I really enjoyed it (mostly because of Warner, her villainous character) and ended up reading the whole trilogy. Furthermore, her first middle grade novel, was being promoted at Yallwest by the publisher, so I grabbed a copy, once again not knowing what to expect.

This book is an explosion of color and sensory experiences. The writing feels like a journey through a painting that’s happening as you’re reading about it, with lush descriptions of the worlds of Ferenwood and Furthermore. Similar the Shatter Me trilogy, this book is all about language and how it makes the reader imagine every exquisite detail.

The character growth is well done. At the beginning, Alice is a little immature and dramatic, considering her being born without color except for her eyes and cheeks as a weakness since she lives in a vibrant world. but when she and Oliver go to Furthermore, her development was a sight to behold. Oliver, while a mysterious character at first, grows as well. Seeing them do so together is a rewarding experience. Here were two people who wanted nothing to do with each other learning to work together and, eventually, becoming friends.

Furthermore was a dazzling place. It’s populated by a diverse cast of characters, including the cutest little paper foxes. However, much like Wonderland, the way things worked there had me feeling all tied up in knots. Whenever I thought I understood what was going on, something else would happen that would have me shaking my head yet chuckling to myself.

As much as I enjoyed going to Furthermore, I did have some issues. The book lost some of its steam halfway through. Some segments feel like they either go on too quick or too long. The climax, after all the buildup of Alice and Oliver’s quest, was wrapped up too neatly. There’s also a first person, omniscient narrator who comes in every so often to voice their thoughts, which was a little strange.

I quite enjoyed this new look on a chaotic fantasy world by Tahereh Mafi, and hope to read many more of her books. With writing like hers, it’s worth the journey.

About Tahereh Mafi

is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the SHATTER ME series. (You can learn how to pronounce her name here.) She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California with her husband, fellow author Ransom Riggs. She can usually be found over-caffeinated and stuck in a book. SHATTER ME is her first series, with television rights optioned by ABC Signature Studios; FURTHERMORE, her newest project, will be out on August 30th, 2016.

Leah

About Tahereh Mafi

is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the SHATTER ME series. (You can learn how to pronounce her name here.) She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California with her husband, fellow author Ransom Riggs. She can usually be found over-caffeinated and stuck in a book. SHATTER ME is her first series, with television rights optioned by ABC Signature Studios; FURTHERMORE, her newest project, will be out on August 30th, 2016.

Leah

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4 responses to “{Leah Reviews} Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

  1. Oh I read a sample of this earlier this month and quite early on realized that this just won’t be for me. You’re spot on with your description, a colorful explosion of chaotic eccentricness is probably the most accurate thing I’d ever come up with to describe this. It’s certainly interesting and unique, but wasn’t my cup of tea. She absolutely has a signature style though.

    • Leah

      Reading this book, you do see more of her style. I felt like this book was throwing confetti at me with each page. 🙂

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