Author Tahereh Mafi
Young Adult Fantasy
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.
“Red was ruby, green was fluorescent, yellow was simply incandescent. Color was life. Color was everything.
Color, you see, was the universal sign of magic.”
Although it took me two months to finish this book, I’d say that I really enjoyed reading Futhermore more than I thought. This book is imaginative and breathtakingly beautiful with the writing style. Weird. Powerful. Enjoyable. I can’t believe how she did all this wonderful material by herself: the characters, the worldbuilding even the narration itself, they’re masterpieces.
“Alice was an odd girl, even for Ferenwood, where the sun occasionally rained and the colors were brighter than usual and magic was as common as a frowning parent.”
Alice is just a girl who doesn’t have colors and different from the others in Ferenwood. When her father went missing, she desperately tries to find him even though she has no idea where he is. The book was slow in the first few chapters, that was the reason why I almost lost my interest, and then it picked up its speed with magic and many odd things waiting to happen around 25% passed.
I was in awe when Alice and Oliver starts their adventure to Furthermore. Mafi did this part so well and she didn’t fail to surprise me one after another that I was embarrassed about how close I wanted to dnf this book.
“She’d decided long ago that life was a long journey. She would be strong and she would be weak, and both would be okay.”
I was fully satisfied with the ending, it’s beautiful and heartwarming that I had tears in my eyes. Thank you, Mafi, for creating such a imaginative piece of work for us. It meant so much to me.