Author: Richelle Mead
Published Date: November 10, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Romance, Mythology/Paranormal
Format: E-Book Galley
Rating: 4 out 5 stars
ARC Galley from First To Read
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore.
For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.
When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.
But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.
Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever…
Richelle Mead’s novel Soundless, is a standalone story about a village settled upon the top of this mountain; all of the villagers have lost their hearing over many generations, and many are now experiencing the effects of blindness. The village is cut off from the rest of the world; the only way for the village to survive is by mining metals that are in turn sent down the mountain on a zip line to the line keeper. As metal production starts to go down, so does the amount of food given to the village. They’re only hope now rests in two brave individuals who descend the mountain to try to talk the line keeper into mercy. However, as they soon learn, all is not as it seems; they must make a decisions that will ultimately decide the fate of their people.
This is my first novel from Richelle Mead, and I really enjoyed it. Though it was a little hard to really get into it at first. The caste system and the treatment of the miners put me off the leaders of the village really quickly. Though, by the end I was realizing that they were really just trying to survive. The characters at first, I felt, had really no substance. I realize though that this could definitely be because no one really talks. The whole book everyone is using sign language. For me, I felt this held me back from really connecting with both the story and the characters. I do have to say, the very first time we met Li Wei, I fell in love instantly! He is my kind of guy; sticking up for the people that are getting bullied, unable to sit by and let the atrocities of starvation ruin his people! A man of action. It’s no surprise that Fei is in love with him. Fei has her own bravery that makes her a great heroine. Her love for her sister, whom she would do just about anything to protect, and her dedication to her village. Despite her fears and her loyalty she makes the only choice she can, to do what she can to save her people.
It really took a while for the story to get interesting, I felt like they took a really long time to get down the mountain; but when they did that’s when everything took an unexpected turn. Everything they discovered once they reached the line keeper was unexpected. I couldn’t have guessed the ending to this story if I tried!
All in all I really enjoyed reading this short story, and I may have to pick up another one of Ms. Meads books.