Soundless by Richelle Mead is a YA Fantasy world where sound is nonexistent and a whole village needs can be saved by one artist.
“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.”
I will say that I liked the world building of this story. With the Asian-inspired culture and the unique concept of the lack of sound, I was immediately intrigued with the first chapter.
But after that, I got really bored. The struggles of her village and the quest to save them all made me have hopes for the story, but no matter how far I got into the book, I just couldn’t get invested.
I also used the audiobook while reading, and it probably didn’t help that the narrator used a more monotone voice.
I ended up giving this book 2 out of 5 stars.
Published: 10 November 2015
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
How I Read It: Hardcover from November 2015 Owlcrate box + Audiobook
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