Published by Razorbill on November 10th 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Legends, Myths, Fables, Romance, Young Adult Fiction
In a village without sound…
For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear. Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so 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. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation.
One girl hears a call to action…
Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.
She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever…
And unlocks a power that will save her people.
The people in Fei’s isolated mountaintop village have been deaf for generations. They’re dependent on a mysterious line keeper in order to trade food for their mined metals, but soon Fei—aided by her newfound hearing and the boy she loves—sets out to discover the truth behind the only world she’s ever known.
I haven’t read a Richelle Mead book before, so she’s a new-to-me author. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Soundless, but the cover (couldn’t be any more appealing than that) and the synopsis were intriguing enough for me to pick up. I had no real expectation going in. I just wanted to read a standalone because lately, standalone fantasies are difficult to find that align with my interests (trilogies are great but I don’t always have the time nor patience).
The atmospheric setting for Soundless was beautiful. I loved the description of Fei’s home and got a good sense of the danger coming down (from the mountain) and tearing away from tradition rather than just doing what was always done because it seemed safe and the only option. Fei was the right blend of brave and reckless. Li Wei was just as admirable, a good head on his shoulders, and so caring of Fei. The romance was really good.
Soundless is by no means perfect. There were things that left me questioning certain aspects. On the mountain, there’s relatively small population that’s been stuck there for countless generations..(wouldn’t they all be related by now?), and the fact that they receive so little food for their metal (wouldn’t it be wise to give an equal value of food so that miners actually have the strength to mine? I know greed is a thing, but it’s impractical).
Overall, this was a fun book to read.