I never thought I would read another Richelle Mead book with such love after the Vampire Academy & Bloodlines books. I still havent finished the Bloodlines series because it's currently sitting in my parents house as mine still needs to be decorated. BUT I will have an office and shelving to house all my pretty books soon, the reviews are coming. Today however, I am going to be talking about Soundless.
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…
This book is like nothing I have ever read before. Having an entire book with no-one speaking (technically) was super weird, but I loved it. It was easy to read, and follow the story. The simplicity made it easy to understand, with some folklore and other culture work I find it hard to be able to relate with the characters but Fei was someone I could connect with.
Fei is an artist living at the top of a mountain cut off from civilisation recording their life. Her village is dependent on a line keeper who sends up food in exchange for metal that the miners get from the caves. However, as more and more people start to go blind, their metal becomes less and therefore their food rations dwindle. Her brave young friend decides to decent the mountain and speak to the line keeper himself causing Fei to make a choice. When the choice could save her sister there isn't really one to make.
What follows is a wonderful story about how they find food, make money, fall in love and save their people. They even manage to find something hidden in the past to help them in the future. I genuinely loved this book but it is NOTHING like Mead's other books so don't be disappointed by that.