Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: November 2015
Number of Pages: 267
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. Fei’s 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.
What really drew me into this book was the fact that sign-language was the predominant form of dialog. The entire village that our main character lives in, is deaf. I honestly don’t think I’ve read a book with deaf rep in it, other than Hawkeye in Marvel Comics. So I was pretty excited to say the least!
One night Fei is woken up because she hears something for the first time, and she doesn’t understand what it is or what words to use to describe it. I found Fei’s perception of sound so…. pure. Like, it makes you think more in-depth of the sounds you hear on a day-to-day basis. Like birdsong.
I feel like the flow of the story through out the books was smooth and enjoyable, and it conveyed such a strong sense of courage and hope. And I just…… there were times in this book where I felt so anxious with the characters. More so with Li Wei, who is Fei’s childhood friend/love interest (I totally ship it), because he was just doing his darn best and trying so hard to find answers to questions that have been unanswered for so long. He was deaf the whole dangerous journey and had to depend entirely on Fei at times. Such a trusting little bean.
The ending definitely surprised me a bit. Through out the book there were mentions of fantastical creatures and myths, but they weren’t necessarily taken all that seriously until closer to the end of the book. I just found it a little confusing is all. The beginning just feels like a historical story but then towards the end it becomes something else?? I still liked it…. in fact, I thought it was great… I was just confused.
I liked the way the story flowed. I like the way there were fantastical elements woven in with what would otherwise be considered just Fiction. I liked the majority of the characters (not you Sheng…. not you). I liked the way the story didn’t shy away from some of the horrors that, unfortunately, are consistent in human history when it comes to greed. And I really loved the Chinese and Taiwan cultural influences through out this book.
However, I do feel like there were a few loose ends. The main one, that I’m a little disappointed about, is that we didn’t get to encounter the lead antagonist. Or even one of the “higher ups” that dealt a hand in oppressing the village and the people. Neither does it feel that there was any justice for what they had done. I was expecting an epic showdown with Fei, Li Wei vs the Emperor or at least one of the Emperors evil henchman or something… but there wasn’t.
The ending was a big kick in his face for sure, but we never actually meet him or know anything about him. We only hear about him briefly from other characters. Maybe it’s because the book is so short?? It is only 260 pages.
But other than that, I found Soundless to be an enjoyable read.
I gave this book 3.5 out of 5 stars!
Have you read Soundless by Richelle Mead??? Is it sitting on your TBR?? How do you feel about it (if you’ve read it)?? Have you read any other books by this author?? I’ve heard the Vampire Academy series is pretty good.