Soundless by Richelle Mead
Published: November 10th, 2015
My Rating: 2.5-3/5
Description: 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 Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever…
I’ve read a few books by Mead before and for me, they are always hit or miss. I loved the idea of Soundless, but for me, it never really grabbed hold.
The story itself was incredibly intriguing, but I felt that the book did not live up to the excitement of the description. I felt that there wasn’t enough world building or characterization and as a result I was pretty detached from the story and characters. You don’t get much background on the village and the culture of the people wasn’t truly developed. I was so excited to read this because I thought it would take me deep into a rich Asian culture, but honestly, this could have taken place anywhere.
I was also a bit disappointed with the big reveal about the townspeople below. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I was hoping for an exciting twist and there just wasn’t. It was the predictable situation that you saw coming a mile away.
I think the reason I felt so disappointed with this one was because I had such high expectations going in. I finished it in a few hours because I kept waiting for something big to happen. It never did. Great concept, but unfortunately this one fell flat for me. It was an easy read, the writing was beautiful, but it just didn’t come together.