Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: August 30th 2016
The Plot: Summarized
Alice must travel to dangerous Furthermore accompanied by Oliver, the boy who used to bully her, to bring her father home.
Mafi’s Shatter Me series is one of my favorite series ever. Her style is my favorite sort of style and her prose reads like a dream and the emotions and feelings it evokes are unbelievable. This book, while it does all three of the above, is nothing like Shatter Me. The prose is different and not flowery in the least, and it’s clearly targeted at a different sort of audience. Not that this book is solely for middle graders, because it’s not, hello I’m a senior undergrad student and I really enjoyed it, but because it doesn’t have the maturity that Shatter Me did. This one is whimsical and colorful and strange and you’ll really, reaaallllyyyyyy, need to stretch your imagination to encompass it all but that somehow makes the whole experience even more enjoyable and special.
Alice was brilliant. She did what she wanted and followed no rule book and boy was she undisciplined but that just added to her charm. I loved seeing her grow into herself, slowly accepting her differences, and building her relationship with Oliver (which is one one of the book’s best aspects) after their rocky start.
In the beginning, I was as weary towards him as Alice was but he slowly crept under my and Alice’s defenses. I loved how we got to know what shaped him into the way he was as that made me understand his behavior, but certainly not excuse it. Instead of making me dislike him though, this made him three dimensional and well rounded.
Such a fun book! I loved the topsy turviness of it and how it forced me to bend my mind and imagination. I think there’s a second book? If so, give me now.