I want to disappear into Tahereh Mafi's writing. She is an amazingly astute storyteller, and creates worlds in her novels that are transformative, informative and beautiful. WHICHWOOD is no different.
Having devoured FURTHERMORE, I had to read the sequel, and didn't expect such a disparate novel. Though they involve many of the same characters, Whichwood is a completely different place, and so this novel feels oh so different.
We meet Laylee, a girl with a burdensome job of caring for the city's dead all alone. Alice and Oliver must fulfill Alice's Surrender, and help her - of which, Laylee wants no part.
Mafi's engagement with the reader, and use of witty footnotes and explanations, only serve her ability to paint this ghoulish world in which one (oddly) feels like they belong.
I cannot recommend this work of Mafi's enough. I can't quite capture what it does to me, but I love reading her words. You will too.