Review: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Goodreads Synopsis:

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 The Secret Gardenand 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.

My Review:

The characters and world of Furthermore are so unique as to require a good deal of development and that’s exactly what you get. The way the characters interact with the world presented makes the whole book thoroughly immersive. How immersive, you ask? I actually read this back in October while being hit by Hurricane Matthew and I completely forgot about the storm. So, yeah. Immersive.

Furthermore is a stunning reselling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with a twist: no specific mention is made of Wonderland or the original cast of characters, aside from the use of the name Alice. The story is a clear reflection of the original, though I’m certain that’s because I know the original classic so well. It comes across as a completely unique story. I absolutely loved Furthermore and finished reading it in a matter of hours. It’s a brilliantly done Middle Grade novel that I look forward to sharing with others.

Overall, I rate Furthermore 5 out of 5 bookworms.

Don’t just take my word for it. Order BOOK from Barnes & Noble in the US, Waterstones in the UK, or your locally owned bookstore and enjoy it for yourself!

For more information about Tahereh Mafi and her work, visit her website.


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