* I was sent a copy by the publisher in exchange for a review (Thank you to Penguin Random House/Puffin UK) *
* 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. *
Okay, so ahead of starting this review just to let you know I have only read the first book in Tahereh Mafi’s other series (Shatter Me) I didn’t hate what I had read, it just wasn’t for me. Then when details about this book arose and that it was a Middle Grade book, I was intrigued to see how her writing would differ when writing for a younger audience.
Furthermore is ‘a story rich in colour and magic and wonder’ (Taken from the author herself) of which I agree, this book is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum to Shatter Me
Tahereh’s writing is very poetic and unique which I think matched the world she created in this book, Ferenwood (the setting of this book) is a vibrant and whimsical land of which main character Alice Queensmeadow very much stands out from her surroundings, with white hair and skin, she hopes to prove herself.
This is a unique adventure story, with two characters that form an unlikely friendship and travel through the most peculiar but interesting landscapes as Alice tries to uncover what happened to her father, who disappeared when she was younger. Alice goes on this journey with Oliver, someone who you meet towards the beginning of the story who Alice doesn’t completely trust. Later on Alice finds out Oliver has deceived her and they go there separate ways, but Alice soon realises that they need each other and that she can’t do this alone.
I enjoyed the added narrator within the story, that would pop up every few chapters, I thought it added an interesting aspect, the narrator pondering over the story, like a reader would.
I did feel that the ending was slightly rushed, it was building up to something and ended too quickly in my opinion and with the beginning it did take me a while to get fully engrossed into the story, that’s why I didn’t give this 5 stars.
Ended up giving this a 4 out of 5 stars.