This is a review of:
Soundless by Richelle Mead
a young adult fantasy
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.
Soundless is a very interesting story about a village which its people is enslaved to working in the mines in exchange for food.
They’re also going deaf and some going blind as well and no one have a clue why is this happening. Fei, the main character, has a dream and after that she finds herself able to hear sounds but she is telling no one. Why from all these people she is the one getting back her hearing?
I might not have done the story justice with my recap above 😀
I was worried I was going to have to concentrate on the background story more but this wasn’t the case. The premise is simple enough and easy to follow. However, what annoyed me was Fei. She was such a Mary Sue. I did not detect a personal development for her or any of the characters. It was mainly centered around the overall conflict of the village itself. So, the characters were sidelined a bit.
The world building depends on how much you’re familiar with Chinese folklore. Which for me is zero. However, I did not care much. All I cared about was the character and plot.
The romance was really sweet between Li Wei and Fei, though. I find myself smiling at their scenes.
Richelle Mead excelled with words and descriptions and Soundless is a good standalone story.