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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  13,364 ratings  ·  3,250 reviews
Alice Alexis Queensmeadow 12 rates three things most important: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. Father disappeared from Ferenwood with only a ruler, almost three years ago. But she will have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left ...more
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
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Lyra It says Alice is 12 years old, and her Father left 3 years ago. So in the book, Alice is 12. You can also make sure of this based off the fact that th…moreIt says Alice is 12 years old, and her Father left 3 years ago. So in the book, Alice is 12. You can also make sure of this based off the fact that the book is aimed towards younger kids. (less)

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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it

This was such a whimsical read! I can't say that I liked it more than the shatter me trilogy, but it's also COMPLETELY different than the SM trilogy. The writing was everything. Can Tahereh Mafi teach me how she does it? I'm jealous of her craft! The one thing that I had a major issue with in this book is that the world of furthermore is HECKA confusing. Like, I'm still questioning it. I feel like every 5 pages we'd learn about a new rule
Whitney Atkinson
I might bump this book up to five stars but I need to sit on it for a little. I read this book so slowly to let it sink in, but I'm already dying for a sequel. The main thing I take away from this book is that the writing is just so goddamn PERFECT. Tahereh has such an unprecented use of metaphor that the colors and the scenery in this book were the most vividly described experiences I have ever read. Transitioning from a series with little world building, I ADORED Ferenwood. It was like Diagon ...more
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: retellings, fantasy, owned
I really loved this! The second you have a main character named Alice I'm going to make comparisons to Alice in Wonderland and I think that really was the intent with this one. We have a character going "down the rabbit hole" to a world that's even more magical and whimsical than the world she came from. The magic system was really cool, it was tons of fun, and I think it did the Alice story justice. I'll be doing a video review soon since I do have quite a bit to say about it! ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I was right! The first time I read this I have it a 3 star and it was my mood. This second time around was awesome! I listened to it on audio and the audio was fantastic! Now it's on to the second book, Whichwood!

Okay, I love middle grade books and I love Tehereh Mafi's Shatter Me series but it took me awhile to get into this book. But don't get me wrong, I will read it again later on to make sure it wasn't my mood. And the book was crazy cool.

All Alice wants in life is to find her
Wendy Darling
DNF after about an hour into the audiobook. After a somewhat frustrating experience with the author's debut Shatter Me, I was curious if a few years and her first middle grade foray would turn out to be a better experience.

But for my taste, this tries very hard to be whimsical and funny without quite succeeding at either, the motivations and emotions are constantly explained to us, and I found the overuse of Alice's proper name annoying when a simple "she" or "her" would often do. The plot and
Emma Giordano
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Furthermore! It was definitely a different kind of story, but there was a lot to love!

Tahereh's writing is beautiful as always. As it is EXTREMELY descriptive and exceptionally whimsical in this novel, I did have to slower my pace to catch every detail, but it was well worth it.

For whatever reason, the narration reminded me a bit of "A Series of Unfortunate Events"? I don't even know if they are the same (I believe ASOUE is third person omniscient and I'm not entirely s
Carolina Carriço
Jul 25, 2014 marked it as series-to-start
I approve!! And I approve even more if she creates a guy in Warner's level of perfection. ...more
This is the rare book with a beautifulcolorfulfunwonderful cover that also has insides to match.

Do I probably like the cover ever so slightly more than the contents? Maybe. But life isn't fair.

This is a very fun and quirky and unique fantasy and it reminded me why I loved middle grade and adventure.

All good things!

Bottom line: All I really have to say is "fun."


logically i know that the fact that this is a middle grade fantasy book with a main character named alice does not mean i wi
♛ may
You know when you’re desperately TRYING to love a book and you’re reaching a point where you’re FORCING yourself and it’s still not working and then you give up on life and become a hermit


I dunno, when people talk about Furthermore, they talk about how exquisitely poignant and elegantly crafted and whimsically carved the book is and im like just
the writing was alright

I’d be more impressed with the book as a whole if I knew what was going on. It seems like it took 150 pages to establish the grou
Jul 26, 2014 marked it as to-read
I admit I was looking forward to another YA book with new guys as hot as Warner...


Oh well, it's still Mafi. I'll take what I can get.
Dannii Elle
This is one of the most beautiful, captivating and fantastical stories that I have ever had the pleasure of reading! Mafi has amalgamated a bedtime story, a classic Gothic fairy tale and a middle-grade adventure story into one enchanting and bewitching bundle.

Alice Alexis Queensmeadow lives in Ferenwood, a place where magic is color and color is magic. She, herself, lacks any hint of pigmentation to her features. Her skin is white, her hair is white and her eyes are white: she is a bleached exce
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
“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
Hannah Greendale
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Furthermore is a three-star story carved from five-star prose.

In a land where color is of the highest value, Alice is born without any pigment. Her hair is milk-white, her eyelashes are the color of sugar, her skin is pale as moonlight. Only her eyes have a hint of honey color and her cheeks sometimes blush the palest pink. It seems Alice's mother doesn't like her, and her brothers barely know her; only Alice's father loved her truly, but he went missing three years ago. Determined to be reunit
Jul 24, 2014 rated it liked it

What was this? I just...didn't recognize Mafi's writing here. But let's start from the beginning.

Small premise: I think the best Middle grade books need to be enjoyable for adults too. Of course I don't expect a book targeted for 11-12 yo children to be as complex as an adult book, but I think the best MGs should be enjoyable for older people too. Think Valente's The Girl who circumnavigated Fairyland in a ship of her own making (which has much more depth than this book and is far more imagina
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Alice lives in the land of Ferenwood, with her mother and her three triplet brothers. In Ferenwood, the world is filled with color and magic, but our poor Alice is as blank as
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
elodie ☾
Jul 28, 2014 marked it as to-read
A new book by Tahereh Mafi?


I don't care what this is about, I WANT TO READ IT!
C.G. Drews
This was such a spot of delightful whimsy and nonsense...! I totally loved so much of it! It was like an ode to Alice in Wonderland while still being a totally different tale. (Although the main character's name is also Alice and the line "curious and curiouser" is thrown in...but IDK is it a retelling?? I don't think so??) It also reminded me a lot of The Phantom Tollbooth which I was OBSESSED with as a kid. So memory lane omg.

Although note: I'm an adult and this is middle-grade. So my review i
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"The afternoon our story begins, the quiet parts of being alive were the busiest: wind unlocking Windows; rainlight nudging curtains apart; fresh-cut grass tickling unsocked feet. Days like this made Alice want to set off on a great adventure."

Man oh man, Tahereh Mafi has a way with words. THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. Cannot wait to do a video review.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was fun, but it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for so I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Womp.
Well, this is a disappointment. Sure, I had no expectations when reading this book BUT this book is honestly so much worse than I expected. A lot of people loved it but to be honest I really didn’t. It was a total waste of my time. Why I picked this book up, I don’t know.

I know it’s a children’s book but that was not why I didn’t like it. First of all, I was so bored. I got distracted so easily and only read a few pages at a time. I could not concentrate for a long time.



Second I feel like the
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
1.) plot - it's so strange to comment that this book reminds me of the Wrinkle in Time. Considering that I just finished reading it before diving right into this fella. I mean, they both have boys for a companion that as far as i'm concern were their love interest. Both were struggling to fit in the society; a misfit and lastly, both of them were on their way to find their missing father.

Anyways, the plot was absolutely amazing and magical (as expected!). It kinda reminds me of Percy Jackson's
Trina (Between Chapters)
When I read middle grade I am torn between thinking I am too old for it (shaking my fist at these bratty, ungrateful kids), or thinking I'm not smart enough for it (what is the lesson behind this?). Furthermore made me do both of these things. At times I had no idea if this was a fantasy world or if it was our real world seen through the eyes of children, but that's kind of what made it awesome.

So, I can't possibly summarize what even happened in the book, and I admit that I didn't see some of
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
I've just read the most fantastically superb book dear readers, fantastically superb! It was truly magical, a modern day Alice In Wonderland. I'm so incredibly overjoyed! Five stars is simply not enough.

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Alice is magnificent, unique and incredibly lovely. The reader is introduced to Alice on the eve of her twelfth birthday, a day that poses great significance in the small town of Ferenwood, a community flushed with colour and magic. With her bangle adorned limbs and ravenous taste for eating bloo
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Am I the only one who thought this book wrapped up much quicker compared to the flow of the story?

Other than this, I absolutely loved this story, and cannot wait to read the sequel!!
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
First, I want to say - once again - that Tahereh Mafi has magic in her fingers, her writing style is so poetic it's beautiful. I could read anything by her simply because I adore her writing style.
Now for this story, I'm pretty torn.
The worlds of Ferenwood and Furthermore were really interesting. The first was based on being in harmony with nature and everything that is surrounding you. The second was based on power, and how to get more. I really liked to read about how our characters were deal
Rachel Reads Ravenously
An odd little book, I neither hated it nor loved it so I am settling with 3 stars. This was a bit dark for a middle grade book, the writing style a bit repetitive. I think the adventure aspects of it are wonderful for middle grade readers, but it was also all over the place. Shame cause I normally adore Mafi's books.

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Aug 09, 2014 marked it as to-read
I want it now. Now. Now.

Dear Tahereh Mafi,

Please do not disappoint me because...

You're one of my favorite author, so please do not wreck this for me. I love your Shatter Me series, so I have very little doubt that this would be just as awesome.

I am...

so that they could help you release this book early, because honestly, I just couldn't wait.

Sincerely yours,
The Whimsical Reader
Hailee (haibooklovers)
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

This was delightfully weird.

Mafi's unique writing style, coupled with a fascinating world and memorable characters made this such a fun read for me.

The ending wrapped up a little bit fast for my taste, but I'm definitely looking forward to continuing the series!
Merphy Napier
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Furthermore was such a fun and vivid world with constantly changing rules and worlds within worlds. Once you realize that the world is nonsensical and whimsical and just let go of trying to understand it all, you're able to let the story take you by the hands and pull you along for a very fast paced and extremely fun ride.

I absolutely loved the different worlds and villages within the worlds of this book. This is one of those stories that I would just love to dive into and travel the world mysel
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Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me series. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California with her husband, fellow author Ransom Riggs. She can usually be found over-caffeinated and stuck in a book. Shatter Me is her first series, with television rights optioned by ABC Signature Studios; Fur ...more

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