As I was reading and getting ready to write my review on Whichwood, I realized that I had not yet written a review for Furthermore. Shame on me! Due to the fact that I read this book as an ARC I am going to label my review as such because I did not actually read a finished copy of this book.
I read the Shatter Me trilogy a while back and loved how Tahereh Mafi spun the words to form that story. I was very eager to see how her writing style would translate from a young adult novel to that of a middle grade novel. I was not disappointed in the slightest! Now, I am not normally one to read a middle grade book as even as a middle grader I was never really into that style of writing, but Tahereh quickly changed my mind! Granted, the middle grade novels nowadays are quite different from the time I was an awkward and shy middle-schooler, but I don’t really know why I still just want to skip over them. Old habits die-hard I guess. I know for a fact that I will never skip over a middle grade novel of Tahereh’s for the rest of time.
This book was so well written that I quickly was immersed into the worlds of Ferenwood and Furthermore I could practically see the color bursting before my eyes as I flew through the pages. Now, mind you, this was a fairly good-sized book and I finished it within two to three days, which is almost unheard of for me. This book gave off a lot of Alice In Wonderland vibes. Even the main characters share the same name! I also really loved how this book is told in second person point of view. I don’t think I have ever read a book with this point of view, and it was neat being able to hear little snippets from the narrator of the story. There was one particular thing I didn’t really care for though. I felt as if the ending was rushed and almost a bit sloppy. I got a bit nervous as I got to the last few pages and the main character had still not gotten what she was searching for. Then it was like BING-BANG-BOOM done and I was left a bit shell-shocked. I had to reread the last few pages to make sure that my copy wasn’t missing any. I cannot say for sure that they did not change this from the ARC to the finished copy, but I’m still not over how abruptly this book ended.
Altogether, this book was still very good despite my despise of the ending. I would highly recommend this book if you like middle grade novels or if you like Alice In Wonderland. Now I’ll have to impatiently wait for Tahereh’s next middle grade novel.
I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.