Book Review: Furthermore – Tahereh Mafi

High record since I reread Throne of Glass of finishing a book in two days :)) No I’m not crazy ;)) Also can I say this book is the sweetest thing on Earth like can you believe?

“For Ransom, forever”


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Name: Tahereh Mafi’s Home for Peculiar Children Furthermore
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Dutton Books
Release Date: August 30, 2016 (wait what it seems so long ago since it published)

Synopsis

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.


Book Cover Comments

I love it so much, the colors are so rich and vibrant and that purple pink gradient is just perfect, with all that wonderful overwhelming details and objects surrounding Alice and Oliver, hints that leads back to the story itself, one cannot stop staring at the beautiful colors as well as touching the smooth hardback jacket cover ;)


The Actual Review

I’ve been wanting these one-off novels with no sequels for so long, and now I’ve finally found one, not only did I super enjoy Furthermore, I also don’t need to worry about sequels haha.

The base world of where Alice is from is rich with the cruelties of the world displayed in it, as well as really true realities reflected upon it: a peculiar ability unappreciated just because they don’t have something that everyone does. And this really reminds me of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, in the sense where the world does not accept that particular peculiarity, but that talent is actually a great talent of you look at it from another angle.

Later on, Alice then goes into the world of Furthermore to find her father along with her frenemy Oliver. The world of Furthermore is so rich and full of interesting and peculiar aspects of it, and despite having so many different rules which some other reviewers were confused with, I for some reason wasn’t, maybe because I’m just a really logical person and I can flat things out fairly easily. Though the rule itself is confusing and a reasoning is not really provided, that’s not the main focus, so it’s understandable.

Furthermore is composed of numerous small villages with really interesting names that reflects the town itself, so to say: Still. Yep. Exactly what you think it is.

(。_ 。)

Though I don’t think I would ever want to visit this foreign world simply because of the underlying dangers, but at the same time it seems interesting to try enough and explore. Though I would seriously need to stick to those guide leaflets that’s basically “Dummie’s Guide to Furthermore” you get at the customs.

Why must you look like the rest of us? Why do you have to be the one to change? Change the way we see. Don’t change the way you are.

I love the style where Tahereh acts as the narrator and will say some lines that are from her perspective in this book, which gives me the Lemony Snicket & Pseudonymous Bosch vibe to it, and I love seeing these kind of narratives, simply because they make things funnier. I also love the way Tahereh uses the narrative voice: other than giving the book of a taste of humor, she would use the narrative voice to directly explain things in some situations, how a person is feeling, a simply brief of a person’s past event to make things easily understandable and easy to grasp.


The characters in this book, which would be basically Alice and Oliver are really, I would say complimentary, and they both hold a flaw that we all have. Each of us have moments where we lack self-confidence and we would do something in order to accomplish our guilty pleasures and selfish desires. And this book is also about to accept a peculiarity that doesn’t seem much use to you, because in the end, it’s that peculiarity that makes you special.

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.

If I go another step further, it would be pretty much spoilers, but I really love how Alice and Oliver find their ways around to understand themselves and the other person around them that is and will be their closest, to find the meanings in life and to embrace everything.

 

Therefore an equation and a conclusion can be made within this book.

Let Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children be “a”.

Let Furthermore be “b“.

Let Embrace Your Peculiarity be “c“.

a +b = c

Therefore, Furthermore is Tahereh Mafi’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Alice knew that being different would always be difficult; she knew that there was no magic that would erase narrow-mindedness or iron out the inequities in life. But Alice was also beginning to learn that life was never lived in absolutes. People would both love her and rebuff her; they would show both kindness and prejudice. The simple truth was that Alice would always be different—but to be different was to be extraordinary, and to be extraordinary was an adventure. It no longer mattered how the world saw her; what mattered was how Alice saw herself.
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