Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers on August 30th 2016
Source: My Own
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.
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.
Futhermore by Tahereh Mafi is an addicting and fast read. Mafi does a fabulous job. Ferenwood is such a colorful place. There rules are so odd. I love that not only to I get to learn about one town but then we get to learn about the world of Furthermore. Mafi immerses the reader into her story so seamlessly.
I really like Alice’s character. She is determined, funky, and fun. Alice has so much energy. This girl wants to be the best that she can. She wants to be loved and appreciated even though she has a lack of color.
I was drawn into the story right away. It was easy to become invest in Alice’s and Oliver’s adventure. Every step of the way I was worried for their safety. This magical world is so dangerous. Having a narrator telling you the story was a bit fun. Oh did I mention that this is written in second person? I really enjoyed the second person point of view.
My problem with the story is the ending. The ending was extremely rushed. I like happy endings, but did it need to be so fast. It was like the entire adventure was wrapped up in one quick chapter. The pace of the ending didn’t go with the rest of the story at all.
Futhermore by Tahereh Mafi is so good. You should go check it out.