Genres: Young Adult
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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. FeiÔÇÖs 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 FeiÔÇÖs jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever...
The great thing – one of many – about the Owlcrate subscription box is that I get books, I wouldn’t have normally picked up.
“Soundless” by Richelle Mead is a book like that and I would have missed out on a fantastic read.
This book is like a painting – vibrant, full of colors and deeply fascinating.
Ms. Mead created a world so detailed and intricate, that the book played out in my head like a movie. A captivating, breath-taking movie.
Fei lives in a village on top of the mountain – cut off from the outside world except for a zipline. Life is hard in the village – poverty and lack of food wearing the people down.
To make matters worse, in addition to the deafness that has plagued her people for centuries, now more and more villagers are losing their sight.
One day, Fei gets woken up by a noise and this is the beginning of big changes.
When the situation in her village worsens, she sets out with Li Wei to find answers.
She has no idea of knowing what secrets will be revealed and how her life will change.
Fei is a fascinating character. Calm, controlled and dutiful, she takes her work as an artist seriously. But underneath all that obedience and good behavior hides a girl who is creative and passionate.
Passionate about painting, about making the lives of her people better. And she’s passionate about the people she loves.
Not letting fear stop her, she faces all trials and tribulations head on, willing to risk her happiness and even her life for a greater cause.
I couldn’t help but admire her. She was the definition of a strong heroine.
The story made me laugh and cry and it left me in awe.
5 full-of-color stars.
~Review by Paula