Whichwood (Furthermore, #2)by Published 14 Nov 2017
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A new adventure about a girl who is fated to wash the bodies of the dead in this companion to Furthermore.
Our story begins on a frosty night…
Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair, and her own ever-increasing loneliness and fear.
But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appears, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship.
"Whichwood (Furthermore, #2)" Reviews
lmao i forgot to come back and give this an actual review, so here i am like 6 months later.
Tbh I don't remember much but I know that I loved Laylee and the writing was atmospheric and beautiful as always, but I couldn't really tell what this was trying to do. Some of the plot and setting elements just seemed slightly too much at arm's length to really comprehend but it was glossed over quickly. Despite the insanity of the world, its hyperbolic nature is reminiscent of classic children's literature and it is definitely a unique reading experience.
I'm just not a fan of companion series, and this was a weak attempt at linking the two worlds together. This book is driven by Alice & Oliver's mission and it was weird that Laylee was in the forefront even when that whole plot point existed. So although this book was gorgeous, there were too many technicalities that fell short of my expectations and left me grasping at straws. (is that a turn of phrase? did i do it right?)
i just think i'm always going to enjoy her YA books more than her middle grade, so i can't wait for restore me!!!!!!!!
LOOK AT THAT PRELIMINARY COVER ART!!!! AHHHHH!!!!!! I'm basically going to beg Penguin to get me any advanced copy that exists because I am DYING for this. I need more Tahereh in my life. I need this. Persian MC? YES PLS. The dark counterpart to Furthermore? YES PLS. UGGHHH I just want this so bad. I have a feeling it's gonna be a slam dunk bc of underlying messages about self love and maybe even politics. I hope this book is real good.
WE GOT A TITLE!!! WHICHWOOD!!!! WHICH WOOD IS IT???? WE DON'T KNOW!!!!!!!! OH MY GOD I'M SO EXCITED FOR THIS!!!! SEPTEMBER 2017!!!! THIS IS THE ONLY LIGHT OF MY LIFE IN THE DARK, DISMAL TIME BEFORE US. THIS WILL SAVE ME FROM THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. Okay genuinely I thought Furthermore was such a gorgeous and atmospheric book and I hope this one can deliver that as well <3 I was nervous going into Furthermore because I didn't know if it would be as good and as pretty as Shatter Me, but now I know that Tahereh can never let me down. Let's just hope she tours to Texas this year! I miss my woman :') <3
So it's confirmed that this is middle grade in a "neighboring magical land" to Furthermore. Kinda dampens my excitement but I mean, come on. IT'S OUT IN 2017!!!! I DON'T HAVE TO WAIT 3,000 YEARS!!!!!!
I'M READY FOR IT!!!! I'M HERE FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!!! WHERE IT AT!!!!!!!!!!!
Tahereh Mafi does such a great job with writing these dark, imaginative MG novels. I love them! I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as Furthermore but it was still super good!!
Infant snow drifted down in gentle whorls, flakes as large as pancakes glinting silver as they fell. Shaggy trees wore white leaves and moonlight glimmered across a glassy lake. The night was soft and all was slow and snow had hushed the earth into a deep, sound slumber and oh, winter was fast approaching.
This book was amazing!
Laylee is a mordeshoor, the last one in the village. Things happened with her mother and father and she is the only one left to tend to the dead. She bathes the dead and their souls getting them ready for the afterlife. This is all taking a toll on her and it will kill her if she doesn't get help.
Laylee lives alone in her broken down castle with a ghost inside and some ghosts in the cemetery outside. Her home used to be beautiful, she used to be beautiful but everything is falling apart and it makes her angry.
And so she was, for the most part, an irritable, unkind, angry girl, with little pleasantness to distract her from the constant death demanding her attention. Tonight, she swept a defeated glance around the many rooms of her drafty home and promised herself that one day she would do well enough to repair the broken windows, mend the torn draperies, replace the missing torches, and reinvigorate the faded walls.
Though she worked hard every day, Laylee was seldom pain for the work she did. The magic that ran through her veins made it so she was bound by blood to be a mordeshoor, and when the dead were delivered to her door, she had no choce but to add them to the pile. The people of Whichwood knew this and too often took advantage of her, sometimes paying very little, and sometimes not at all. But one day, she swore, she'd breathe light and color back into the dimness that had diminished her life.
I think the townspeople were jerks, but they get theirs and that's all I'm saying.
Then one night, Alice and Oliver arrive in a most peculiar way (you can read the book) and Alice tells Laylee she is there to help her. Since Laylee isn't used to people it takes a good while for her to trust Alice and Oliver and she's rather hostile. The little group also end up getting help from one of the towns boys named, Benyamin.
I loved all of these characters and the creepy story line. The writing is beautiful. The book itself is beautiful!
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3.5 stars. This was slightly more interesting than Furthermore. I find it peculiar that it is marketed as a companion to its predecessor, because to me it feels like a sequel, though one whose main character is Laylee instead of Alice.
Laylee and Alice have something in common: both of their fathers have disappeared. They also both have magical abilities, but Laylee’s are much darker. Her job is to prepare dead bodies to the afterlife, a consuming task that gnaws at her lifeline.
Indeed, Laylee is going to die. Perhaps this is why Alice and Oliver were sent to Whichwood? Perhaps they will be successful in their task to relieve her from the pressure she is feeling every day? Perhaps they will save her? Maybe, but then again maybe not.
I found this so-called companion novel better than Furthermore because I was very captivated by Laylee’s special abilities. Have I not mentioned that she can see the dead? Well, she can and does… Quite often, as you can imagine. And obviously I cared about her wellbeing, so I hoped she would be alright in the end.
Still, I think this author shines at writing YA novels. This was dark and cute – sometimes *too* cute – however what I like most about this author is the way she writes about emotions… raw, incontrollable, scary and passionate… which, understandably, are not very present in middle grade reads.
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A morbidly curious tale, in which thirteen-year-old Laylee's profession is washing corpses, the narrator excessively breaks the fourth wall to explain the story, and Alice from Furthermore makes an appearance to impart the "healing power of friendship."
Whichwood is the second book in the Furthermore Series. The first novel, Furthermore, is categorized as middle-grade, while Whichwood - strangely - has been bumped up to young adult. There's no unsavory or offensive content in Whichwood that would make it unsuitable for upper middle-grade readers (ages 10 to 14), but parents may wish to know about two scenes that are slightly graphic: [spoilers removed]