Saturday, February 27, 2016

Book: Soundless
Author: Richelle Mead

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.-Goodreads

Review: Soundless has a cool premise and incredible cover-unfortunately, I didn't care for too much else about this book. I was really excited to read something with  a Chinese setting....but other than the names, this book could have been set anywhere. There was very little world building. It's also a stretch to characterize this as 'fantasy.' The fantasy aspect was thrown in (literally) in the last few pages. 95% of the book was extremely slow and boring and the everything was quickly wrapped up at the end. In fact, I stopped reading this multiple times before I finally finished it.  

You may be thinking, what about our heroine, Fei? Mead's main characters are known for their strong and feisty personalities. There was nothing wrong with Fei-she was a talented artist trying to protect her sister and figure out what was happening with her village. She was brave, strong and...well, boring. The romance she had was also...boring. I could not understand the village dynamics-why the miners received low portions of food when they were physical laborers did not make sense on any level. There was no mention of teachers or healers in the village. I could not stop wondering if everyone was inbred since the village hadn't seen an outsider in several generations. 

Overall-my least Richelle Mead book to date, but I will keep reading anything she writes because I love most of it. 

Grade: 2/5

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