"Furthermore" is Tahereh Mafi's first middle grade book about a girl and her search for her missing father.
Alice has always been different. In a world that consists of magic and explodes with the brightest of colors, her colorless appearance and apparently weak magical abilities have made her an outcast. The only one who ever appreciated her uniqueness was her father, who has been missing for years. When Alice gets to know that he is, indeed, still alive in a different world she sets out to find him. Together with her former classmate Oliver she leaves for Furthermore, a land full of wonders, yet also a dangerous place unlike any other.
I read Tahereh Mafi's "Shatter Me" trilogy a couple of years back and was excited to see what her new book was all about. Once again, I have mixed feelings about it.
The storyline I found to be very intriguing and Alice, the book's protagonist, is a very headstrong and determined young girl that you just have to like.
The writing style is beautiful and poetic, just like I expected, but I found the dialogues to be annoying at times. The whimsical worlds of Ferenwoodd and Furthermore with all their bright colors and unique conventions are beautiful, yet overwhelming most of the time.
What I love most about this book is the cover art. It is absolutely gorgeous and reflects the plot just perfectly.
All in all, "Furthermore" is a great book for children aged 12 and up, who, I am sure, will appreciate the imaginativeness behind it far more than I did. For me it was just a little bit too over the top, but the again, adults are not the target audience.
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