Furthermore

Furthermore

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by Tahereh Mafi
     
 

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The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure that reads like a modern day fairy tale.
 
New York Times bestseller
Recently featured on "Late Night with Seth Meyers"

 
Inspired by her childhood love of books

Overview

The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure that reads like a modern day fairy tale.
 
New York Times bestseller
Recently featured on "Late Night with Seth Meyers"

 
Inspired by her childhood love of books like A 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. 
 
★ "A fast-paced, funny, and richly imaginative story that embraces and celebrates individuality." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "Rich, luscious, clever prose." —Kirkus, starred review

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Liesl Shurtliff
Luckily—for [Alice], and for this book's readers—she discovers Furthermore, a place so full of enchanting beauty and topsy-turvy adventure, it…calls to mind Wonderland and Oz…[Mafi] ventures for the first time into middle-grade territory, and she appears to have transformed as a writer in the process. Her prose is as fresh and fragrant as the flowers her characters eat, the descriptions so vibrant that at times one can practically smell the words on the page…Mafi's young adult novels contain hints of this talent, but in Furthermore it seems fully unleashed, and it's a joy to read.
Publishers Weekly
★ 05/16/2016
Alice Alexis Queensmeadow does her best not to make waves, but she can’t help it: she’s almost entirely devoid of color in a world defined by it, and her “Surrender” is coming up, along with her 12th birthday. Everyone in Ferenwood “was born with a bit of magical talent,” and the Surrender is the time to show them off, receiving an important task in return. When Oliver Newbanks, a boy who once teased her because of her appearance, approaches her for help completing his task, she reluctantly agrees, but only because he says he knows where her missing father is. Oliver and Alice set off for Furthermore, where nothing is as it seems. Mafi’s (the Shatter Me trilogy) first middle grade novel is a lush, enchanting fantasy full of magic and mayhem, including paper foxes, people who live in eggshells, and magical maps. While Oliver and Alice start off at odds, their friendship, forged in adversity, is the best part of a fast-paced, funny, and richly imaginative story that embraces and celebrates individuality. Ages 9–12. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
"[Mafi’s] prose is as fresh and fragrant as the flowers her characters eat, the descriptions so vibrant that at times one can practically smell the words on the page." —New York Times Book Review

★ "A fast-paced, funny, and richly imaginative story that embraces and celebrates individuality." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "Rich, luscious, clever prose." —Kirkus, starred review

School Library Journal
06/01/2016
Gr 5–7—Twelve-year-old Alice of Ferenwood is swept up in an adventure when she sets out to find her three-years-lost father after her demonstration of magical talent fails to impress her village. In her world, color is intimately connected with magical ability. Everyone around her has brightly colored skin and hair. Alice, however, was born without any color—she has ultra-pale skin and light hair. She gains a companion on her journey to locate her father, a boy named Oliver who has the deceitful gift of persuasion and who provides a gateway into the neighboring fantasy land of Furthermore. In the vein of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this title, with its colorful world-building, is sure to delight, the prose so saturated with the fantastic that the described reality becomes difficult to differentiate from metaphor. The tongue-in-cheek section headings are delightful (e.g., "Turn the page for more chapters" and "This might be my favorite part") but sporadic and mostly for fun, since the chapters are unnumbered and unnamed. Filled with danger and arbitrary rules, the realm of Furthermore is so set against interlopers like Alice and Oliver that their eventual success relies on happenstance. The fast-paced narrative, with a focus on action and adventure, comes to an unexpected halt when the story is expeditiously resolved. The book attempts to depict characters with a rich variety of hair and skin tones, but the plot features a protagonist who reflects the typical whiteness that besets most fantasy. VERDICT An unusually imaginative, entertaining fantasy with mostly minor deficiencies that prevent it from becoming pure magic.—Erin Reilly-Sanders, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2016-05-04
A 12-year-old girl who doesn't fit into her own world embarks on a harrowing quest with a boy she doesn't trust to find her missing father.With white hair and skin, quirky Alice Queensmeadow's an oddity in colorful, magical Ferenwood. Since her father's mysterious disappearance "unzipped her from top to bottom," Alice finds life full of "unspoken hurts." Alice hopes to prove herself in the annual Surrender, when 12-year-olds demonstrate their unique magical talents. Humiliated by her disappointing performance and with "nothing left to lose and an entire father to find," Alice accepts an invitation from brown-skinned Oliver, a boy she distrusts, to help him bring home her father. Together they descend to alien Furthermore, starting with Slumber, the first of many peculiar villages they will encounter, each with arbitrary rules they must follow. Learning Oliver has deceived her, Alice ditches him but quickly discovers they need each other to survive and find her father. Told in rich, luscious, clever prose by an omniscient narrator whose chatty asides warn and inform, Alice's remarkable adventure transports her across bizarre landscapes where she eventually realizes how wonderful it is to be herself and to have a friend she can trust.An original new Alice confronts her own wonderland in this smashing fantasy. (Fantasy. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101994764
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/30/2016
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
15,140
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile:
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me series. She can usually be found over-caffeinated and stuck in a book. You can find her online just about anywhere at @TaherehMafi or on her website, www.taherehbooks.com.

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Furthermore 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MariahEllis 4 days ago
Honestly, if I hadn't known this was written by Tahereh Mafi, I never would have guessed. I knew it would be entirely different from her Shatter Me Series, since it is MG as opposed to YA, but it really was not good at all. I really enjoyed the idea of this story. Alice in Wonderland retellings are always so exciting for me, and Mafi's retelling seemed like it would be so whimsical and full of magic. There was not a single character that I enjoyed. At times, I found myself warming up to Alice (her peculiarity was charming), but for the most part I found her to be incredibly rude. Oliver, her companion, was a little better, but not by much. His backstory made my heart sad for him, but I wish he had been a little more forthcoming with Alice (and the reader) regarding the information he knew. Furthermore left me with a bunch of unanswered questions. Mafi kept bringing things up and making them seem incredibly important, only to never mention them again. This left me feeling like I was in the dark and missing out on all the important things. On the opposite side of the spectrum, I also felt like at times we were given too much information. There would be paragraphs explaining things such as the currency system, how much things cost, what Alice bought with what little money she had (like the bangles that she was very proud of and seemed like they would play a big part in the journey), only to have those things not matter at all in the long run, or downplayed entirely in the end. Overall, I was entirely disappointed in Furthermore. I was so excited to find a signed copy, but I really feel like I wasted my money on it (which doesn't happen often with me, even if I disliked a book). Most likely I will pick up Tahereh Mafi's next book, but I might be a little hesitant and not get it right away.
Anonymous 22 days ago
I fell in love with this author after the Shatter Me series. Though this isn't a book that I would normally read I gave it a try and loved it. Finished it in 2 sittings. A fun modern fairytale for both younger generations and adults.
Jacklin updegraft 25 days ago
Okay I don't really know where to begin this review. I've restarted it so many times now. So I guess I am just going to jump into it. This will probably be a short review. Furthermore is actually really hard to explain. I enjoyed it which is how I went in to this story. I didn't really have any ideas about this story or any expectations. Furthermore, like Tahereh's other books, are rich in detail and inner dialogue. Yes at times it was a bit tedious but I found it really helped when I was trying to picture things in this world. For me Mafi's books are very hit or miss. I liked Shatter Me, hated Unravel Me, and loved Ignite Me. Futhermore was enjoyable but I didn't absolutely love it. I did like it enough to preorder it though. What I liked: Alice and her growth throughout this novel really got to me. I loved seeing how much she grows and changes as a person from her time in Furthermore. All she wants right now is to get her task and leave home and find father. After the disappearance of her father, her mother doesn't have time and is always mad. It's so sad to see how much she doesn't think that her family wants her. It's no wonder her and Oliver become best friends. Oliver is a kid whose talent causes him to get everything he wants. They both just want people who care about them and choose them over everyone else. I liked the dynamic between Oliver and Alice, even if Alice hated Oliver at first. It's what made it work for me. I also quite enjoyed the world. It was interesting to see Furthermore and how strange the world was. I thought it did a great job reminding you of the strangeness of Wonderland. The rules and the people who lived there were so strange. First off they ate people. WHAT? And the difference in worlds. Like the paper world or being able to stand on clouds and move downwards through the ground. Not to mention figuring out what the ruler has to do with the story. I loved how each bit of information was brought to light. How you kept figuring things our slowly. Also the mystery that the narrator brought to the story was awesome. There was always a comment from them that caused you to have more questions. I loved it. It was such an interesting way to tell the story and one I haven't read before. What left me wanting more: I did really enjoy this story, but I do wish we got more background in to the kids talents. Why they had them. Where they got them from. It was so interesting to me, seeing that each kid had a special talent. I just would have liked to see more info on them. That being said I did like that they had talents. I thought it was a great touch to the story. And the last thing that bothered me a bit, was the ease with which they got out of Furthermore. They had such a struggle getting through Furthermore and come to find out that the high ups were keeping tabs and looking for them. And they just easily stepped through a door without having to go back the way they came, was a little to easy. Especially since I don't know if this is a standalone or a series. I would be interested to see the repercussions of Alice and Oliver's trip to Furthermore and if anyone comes after them. The ending does leave it a bit open to more if Tahereh is going to write more. Overall, Furthermore was strange and creepy in the best possible way. I loved the characters and the voice this book had. It was a great read for those who want to be entertained. I really enjoyed myself when reading this one.
brittanysbookrambles 26 days ago
Furthermore kept me on the edge of my seat and unable to stop reading! It's a book I immensely enjoyed, even with it's minor flaws. Every part of it was engaging and well-written, and I fell in love with the characters in a heartbeat. Alice is a truly unique character, and her perspective on the world is refreshing and immersive. Oliver also grew on me quickly, and I rooted for the two of them as they made their way through the dangerous villages of Furthermore, hoping they would succeed in finding Alice's father. Alice and Oliver's daunting task seemed impossible, and watching them overcome their struggles felt like I was there right beside them! There were villages that turned them to paper, places where movement wasn't allowed, and many other astonishingly unique settings where it seemed like the characters had truly hit their limit. And yet, it was these obstacles that added to the mysticism of the world—I had no guess as to what was coming next! My main issue with this book was how everything within it jumbled together and was confusing to sort through at times. The narrator frequently inserted comments from an outside perspective, and while at certain moments this was hilarious, it also confused which parts of the book were truly happening and lessened my connection with the characters for those moments. Of course, this incredibly distinctive, peculiar, and lawless world didn't help the situation, and villages seemed to blend together without any apparent connection. Overall, even with these problems, I still couldn't be happier that I picked this baby up! Full review: http://www.bookrambles.com/2016/01/furthermore-by-tahereh-mafi-arc-review.html