Author: Tahereh Mafi
Date of Publication: August 30th, 2016
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.
In a world of color Alice has no pigmentation, and the one person that she loves more in the world is her father who has been missing for three years. He is the one person that Alice feels always thought she was perfect the way she was. The one way to find him is through the one boy who she hates more than anything and that is Oliver. Together they will travel to a nonsensical world where nothing is as it seems.
Although Alice feels that everyone thinks she is not beautiful because she lacks color in the colorful place of Ferenwood, she doesn’t let it get her down. She finds herself talented and interesting in her own ways. Alice also feels as if her mother hates her, and her father was the only one that cared about her. When she fails at her Surrender which is a performance of one’s abilities she decides to trust Oliver and go into Furthermore to search for her father.
I absolutely loved when Oliver and Alice go into Furthermore. I am always a big fan of places full of mystery even though they scare me because I feel like I would be one to die as soon as I entered one or roll into a ball on the floor and panic because I wouldn’t know what to do. The place was magical and scary and had things that I only dream of seeing.
My two favorite thing in this book was the love that a child has for their parent, and the friendship that developed between Oliver and Alice. Between Oliver and Alice one was not stronger than the other they each needed each other, so it felt like they were equal which is my favorite kind of team in stories.
I was hesitant at first because I tend to stay away from the middle grade area, but I love Mafi’s Shatter Me series so much that I had to enter this world, and I am so glad that I did because her writing is so beautiful and well crafted.
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