#Soundless by @RichelleMead


“Look what we've done so far. We're pretty good at the impossible.” 


Title:  Soundless
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher:  Razorbill, an Imprint of Penguin Random House
Release Date:  November 10, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy


ABOUT THE BOOK


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 Beiguo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever....

                                                                                                                                                                      

MY THOUGHTS

Soundless by Richelle Meade is my first novel of hers. I was actually skeptical at first since many depictions of Chinese folklore have been a disappointment.  However, I was pleasantly surprised by how surreal, yet natural Soundless is.  True to form, there are fantasy elements, yet they don't seem so far-fetched if you're reading this like what a folklore should be. Being a fan and somewhat knowledgeable of Chinese history and folktales, I'm drawn into the story of Fei and her death village.  When one day she begins to hear, you feel her sensations and the blessings one gets from a newfound gift.

I liked every aspect of the book, but I must say that even though it's a standard novel, it was short to me. I read it in one sitting. After some thought, I think keeping things simple is the way to go when you imagine a story that reads like a folklore, so it won't get too convoluted with information and be inundated with unnecessary drama. Richelle, you've made a fan of me. Any one that can render a story with sensations of old stories with new ideals, and  not go overboard with the fantasy element deserves praise. Thanks, Richelle! I look forward to your other books, and YA fans should too!


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Richelle Mead is an international bestselling author of over twenty-five books for both adults and teens. Her Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan series take a witty but edgy look at the paranormal while her sci-fi Age of X series shows us a future with no religion. Over on the young adult side, Richelle has written the much-acclaimed Vampire Academy series and its spin-off, Bloodlines, about a secret society keeping the vampire world hidden from humans. Her latest project, The Glittering Court, takes place in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America, following the adventures of three impoverished girls trained up to be "ladies" who can make advantageous marriages in a dangerous new world across the sea.

Richelle's books have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and received honors from the American Library Association. Her books have been translated into over two dozen languages, as well as adapted into graphic novels. In 2014, Vampire Academy was made into a feature film. A lifelong reader, Richelle loves mythology and wacky humor. When not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, buying dresses, and watching bad reality TV. 

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2 comments:

  1. I thought this one was good - certainly very entertaining if nothing else. I've read that her newest novel Glittering Court is someone tied into this one too, so that sounds intriguing. :)

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  2. O, I didn't know that Glittering Court has a connection to Soundless. NOW, I MUST read Glittering Court!!! Thanks!

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