Book Review, Books

Soundless – 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.

So this is Richelle Mead’s most recent book, if you haven’t heard of this where have you been?! It’s all everyone is talking about on booktube. I have heard nothing but good things about this book and I was not disappointed I loved it, it was fabulous, saying that I don’t expect anything less from Richelle Mead. I loved the Vampire Academy so I knew she was a great writer from that. But lately on goodreads I have seen some bad reviews of this book saying it wasn’t really Chinese but I don’t know, I didn’t really focus on things like that. It’s all about the story for me, and as I know nothing about the culture it didn’t really matter whether it was correct or not in the book.

This was a very short story it was 260 pages so very short but it worked, there was nothing missing from the story like even though it was short it still had the full story and you know I love a short book as much as I love a big book.

The world building was fantastic you can tell Richelle Mead has done her research about this being that it is based off an old Chinese myth (I think it was Chinese someone mentioned it in a blog) Anyway it was brilliant and the fact that they are deaf at the beginning is very interesting, I don’t think I’d be able to cope if I ever became deaf, but it’s normal for them. When Fei begins to hear again it’s so strange to her and hearing her describe what the sounds may sound like to someone who is hearing for the first time. It was weird it was something different, it makes me want to read more books where they could be a hearing or blindness character. (Other than fault in our stars where Issac turns blind) but it makes me want to read more. This was the first book I read where the characters are deaf and that is their normal. So that is one of my reading goals I think.

So Fei’s character I loved her the fact she wanted to protect her sister so much it made me smile so much, it’s nice that she wanted to try and protect her sister. Even when she found out she was going blind she just wanted to keep her close.

Fei finding out that her sister is going blind sends her to go and help Li Wei to change things about how they swap the metal for rations of food and it’s not even a lot of rations. So they both decide to go and talk to the line keeper which nobody has done. On their way they discover some things the fact that there was another village exactly like their village and that they have a small realisation that they could end up exactly the same.

When they finally get to where the line keeper is they realise the truth there is many line keepers but they are all doing it because of the Prince or King whichever it was. That he was doing it just so he could be rich and keep in control of all the people. After they discover she goes back and tells the village.

I am not going to say anything else that happened in the story because it would ruin it, better that you read it yourself than me blab everything here.

So as I said I loved the characters and I found that you could see that they loved each other even though technically they wasn’t meant to. I thought that was the pathetic part of the story I thought that was pretty pointless, I think it would have been if they just stayed friends. The romance was pointless and loads of people have also said the same that they thought the romance was pointless. To me it didn’t even feel like they were in love it just felt like they were really good friends.

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