Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
Published November 28, 2016 by Puffin
RRP AUD $19.99
A captivating and colorful adventure that reads like a modern day fairy tale, from the bestselling author of the Shatter Me series.
Inspired by her childhood love of books like A Secret Garden and The Chronicles of Narnia, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi crafts a spellbinding new world 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. 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.
The world building was there, and although I got a little confused at the start, I understood well enough by the middle of the book. I think the confusing-ness of the land actually added to the whimsical quality it had, instead of being a negative! I was fascinated about how people use magic as currency, I thought that was a nice twist of originality, considering in most stories the magic runs free and wild.
Alice is a lovely protagonist, a young colourless girl in a world where colour is everything. The way Tahereh wrote her made me laugh so many times! I loved how she acted and her mindset was so refreshing. Oliver started off as quite the opposite of Alice’s energetic, buoyant self, but the pair ended up balancing each other out, making the perfect friendship!
Some parts of the story made my heart ache for Alice, especially in the beginning when she kept thinking she was alone and ugly. I loved the bond she had with her father, and her determination to find him moved me so much.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California, where she drinks too much caffeine and finds the weather to be just a little too perfect for her taste.
When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons, and old receipts.