[Review] Soundless by Richelle Mead

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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…

And unlocks a power that will save her people.

I’m adding myself to the list of people who didn’t really enjoy this book. 😦

I’ll be honest I was really excited for Soundless and thought the people who complained about it where just upset that there were no Mead Vampires included in it.

I was very intrigued by the size of this book since I’ve been slogging through a lot of long ones lately, but I have to say, the fact that Soundless is only 270 pages is to its own detriment. This is a fantasy novel and there is nowhere near enough time to become invested in any of the characters or the world itself, which is such a shame because I think it could have been really good if we had more time with it.

I know I complain when books are too long, but I really did enjoy the mythology of this story and would like to have potentially seen this stretched out to another book. The only problem with that is that some parts were boring. You would think that would be hard to achieve given that it’s so short, but sadly it did. Nothing really happens in the first 80 pages which is about a third of the story.

Overall, I would say Soundless was just okay. This makes me sad because I do think that it had the potential to be pretty good if it had the time to be fleshed out more. I wouldn’t discourage you from reading it but don’t say I didn’t warn you.

 

Have you read this one? What did you think?

Traci

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