I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Soundless by Richelle Mead
Published by Penguin on November 10th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy & Magic, Asia, People & Places
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
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. 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.
Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever....
Author Richelle Mead deviates from the vampire/paranormal genre to write a novel based in Chinese mythology. In the story, a young woman, Fei, loves atop a mountain in a small village. She is an artist, whose talent has placed her in the palace alongside her sister. However, not everyone in her village is so lucky. Many of the inhabitants of Fei’s village work in the mines producing the very metal that will allow everyone to survive. Overnight, Fei’s life changes when she begins to hear strong sounds. This isn’t anything major to most of us, but it is for Fei, because like everyone else in her village, she’s deaf.
When I first heard Mead was going to release a novel set in China featuring a Chinese heroine, I was really happy. Not because I don’t love Vampire Academy or her Bloodlines series, but because the synopsis sounded so interesting. And let’s be honest, the cover is beautiful! I really liked Fei as a main character. She’s strong, brave and selfless. Despite being tempted to live for herself, Fei thinks of her entire community. I really enjoyed reading a young adult novel that features a romance, where the heroine contains these traits. So many YA novels these days stress the “Our love trumps everything” motto. While that’s swoon worthy, it’s great to have a character whose worldview isn’t so narrow.
Fei wasn’t the only great character in Soundless. Fei’s sister Zhang Jing is really sweet, and I can see why Fei cares for her. However, I wish there was more of their relationship in the novel. I also really liked Li Wei, Fei’s love interest. He’s a strong male lead, but isn’t the typical bad boy character that permeates many YA novels. It would be nice to see what happens next between them, but I’m ok with Soundless being a stand alone novel. I already have enough series to keep up with.
Not much bad here. Just pretty much what I already mentioned above. I wish there were more scenes of Fei and Zhang Jing interacting so that readers could see more of who she is that makes Fei do some of the things she does in the novel. Other than that, Soundless was a pretty great read.
Do I Recommend?
Yes! If you are a fan of Richelle Mead’s other books, then I think you’ll really enjoy Soundless. It is different from her other stuff, but it definitely reads like something Mead would have written, and will hook you immediately. Since I really loved reading Soundless, but thought there should have been a tad more of Zhang Jing and Fei’s relationship, I give this novel 4 out of 5 stars.