Soundless – Richelle Mead | REVIEW

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Richelle Mead
Fantasy, Young Adult
Razorbill
November 10th 2015
Hardcover
266

(2.45 Stars)

 

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.

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Soundless

I had ‘hopes’ for Soundless. Not of the high sort but I thought it would be a fun experience to read from a deaf character’s point of view. And don’t get me wrong, it really was fascinating to see how they converse and interpret little things.

Got me thinking, people really can’t pass side comments unless you have the other person’s attention. You can’t call behind people’s backs and also… horror movies would just be so dull without the dramatic sound.

In my own way, this book made me feel grateful for sound or however would I be able to listen to audiobooks otherwise?

On a more serious note, this fantasy novel doesn’t really deal with those issues as I thought it would. Note to self: Next time you want to read diversely, pick a contemporary.

But that is not what disappointed me, reading this book. It was rather how astoundingly one dimensional it was. Soundless wasn’t boring enough for me to DNF it but I couldn’t quite bring myself to willingly pick it up between classes and that, my friends, reflects poorly on the book.

It wasn’t engaging enough as the main characters, I found, were too rational to be teenagers. Rather, too void of emotions. Especially the fluctuating kind. IDK is it just me? Also, there were a lot of opportunities to really build the story but Richelle didn’t quite provide a satisfactory back story. The foundation, I found, was weak.

I have loved her other works (Namely: The Vampire Academy series and Bloodlines series) and I didn’t think they were poorly written when I read them. But that was a few years ago and my tastes have quite changed since. Who knows?

Overall, I thought this book was okay. I just hate that it took up 5 days of my life and almost put me into a reading slump.

Are you gonna read it? Let me know in the comments:

  • Anshul Shokeen

    “Sounds” interesting.!