Book Title: Furthermore
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Number of Pages: 401
Goodreads Average Rating: 4.02/5
My Rating: 4/5
Synopsis from Goodreads: “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 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.”
I have been introduced to Tahereh Mafi’s writing earlier this year with the Shatter Me series. That series is one of the best series I have read this year. However, I cannot say the same thing about Furthermore.
I mean I do like the book and the writing. But it felt too juvenile to my liking. And by juvenile I meant that I didn’t like the use of Mother and Father instead of their actual names. I just thought it would be nicer to know the names of important characters in the book. (Or, it’s just maybe that I am getting too old to read this kind of book.) In addition, I kind of thought that the beginning of this book was a bit slow.
Other than that, Tahereh’s writing is phenomenal. She knows how to describe everything in the book. I felt like this book was an Alice in wonderland retelling mainly because of the vivid description of the crazy world of Furthermore, and that the main character is called Alice.
Even though some people were bothered by the rules of this world and didn’t fully understand them. I felt like they were fully explained (for example knocking the door etc..). I think it’s what made the world so interesting.
My favorite quote from this book is:
“The best bookshop in town had new books on display in the windows, and Alice was thrown off course. She stopped so suddenly she nearly fell over and, despite her better judgement, she snuck closer to press her nose against the glass.” – Tahereh Mafi – Furthermore
It kind of explains what happens to every book lover out there when they see a bookshop in town ^_^
There were some very important life lessons within this book that would be perfect for the younger audience. It would help them greatly in accepting who they are early on in life.
I am giving this book four stars mainly because I loved the writing and the description of this color filled crazy world. I think these descriptions would help make a great magical movie for children. I know I imagined the scenes as vividly as I was watching a movie in front of me.