Ever since I picked up Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi’s debut, I’ve been a massive fan. Her writing is so lyrical and unique, such a pleasure to read. Furthermore, her middle grade debut promised a lush, fantastical departure from her dystopian series, something I was very excited, if not a little apprehensive about.
The less you know about this book, the better. All I will tell you is that it’s about a girl, Alice Alexis Queensmeadow, who’s lost her father and needs to go find him. She’s helped/hindered (you decide) by a boy named Oliver, of whom she absolutely hates. That’s all I’m going to tell you. The plot of this story is very good, yes, but what really makes it stand out is Mafi’s signature style.
At first, I found the fantasy world, Ferenwood, a little jarring. It’s quite different from ours and was a bit hard to get into for that reason. After fifty pages however, this is no longer a problem. You’ll get sucked into a magic world, reminiscent of Harry Potter and Alice and Wonderland (is Alice Alexis named after her? We’ll see!). It’s vibrant cover is not misleading. It has everything a classic fantasy should have, a whimsical creation story, lush descriptions of surrounds, interesting creatures and a intriguing magical system, well, you get the idea.
I’m sorry you’ll have to wait until August for this book, but I promise you, it’s worth it. Middle Grade literature is often looked down on, but I promise you, it’s just as intricate and worth reading. Furthermore is beautiful, revolutionary, and a must read for any fan of Harry Potter’s amazing world building.