Monday, November 2, 2015

Review: Soundless by Richelle Mead
by Richelle Mead
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Publication Date: November 10th 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781595147639
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: First To Read

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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... (Goodreads)
As soon as I heard about Richelle Mead's Soundless, I knew I would have to check the book out. I've read all of Mead's Vampire Academy series, as well as the first book in the Bloodlines series, and really enjoyed those books. I was really looking forward to reading something new by her, especially when I discovered that it was about Chinese folklore. I was definitely intrigued!

Fei was a very, very interesting main character. She came from a village where everyone was deaf, and where most people were rapidly losing their vision. Due to the precarious conditions of the mountain around her village, it was only reachable via zipline, and supplies were limited and were spread thin throughout. When Fei is awoken one night with the ability to hear, she knew things in her life were about to change, and not for the better. With the help of her newly acquired hearing, and an unlikely partner, she sets out on a journey to get her village the help it so desperately needs, but soon discovers that things are not at all what she expected.

I really, really enjoyed the storyline for the book. I had never  before heard of the folklore that it was based on, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I also really enjoyed the writing style for the book. Since everyone in Fei's village was deaf, they all communicated through sign language, and Mead did a great job of reflecting that in the writing in the story. It was really interesting to read it this way, and even though I thought I would, I didn't have a hard time keeping up with who was speaking throughout the story. It was really interesting.

Overall; I found Soundless to be a very quick, enjoyable read. It was nice to read something by Mead that wasn't vampire related, even though I really enjoyed those books as well. I'm super excited for Mead's next series, The Glittering Court, that was just announced last week and due to release in 2016!! It sounds awesome, so add it, and Soundless, to your to-be-read list today!!


  1. I'm so excited for this to come out. It sounds like an amazing book :) I'm definitely adding this to my tbr pile.

  2. I have this on my TBR list and can't wait! Vampire Academy and Bloodlines are 2 of my favourite series and have my ultimate OTPs :P Glad you enjoyed it :)

    Sinead @ Less Reality More Books


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