Soundless by Richelle Mead – Review


Title: Soundless
Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Pages: 266
Publishers: Razorbill
3 and a half star

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.


I absolutely enjoyed this book. I haven’t yet found a Richelle Mead book that I have not enjoyed!

Soundless is a beautiful story full of love, danger, and extreme courage.

I know there are so many negative reviews about this book, but I did enjoy it. It wasn’t my absolute favourite by her but it was a beautiful story and different from anything else I have ever read.

Many of the complaints about this book are that it didn’t build in the world or the history. Which I do agree, but so many people are comparing this to her other books like the Bloodlines series and The Vampire Academy series. What they don’t seem to realise or just don’t mention is they are each 6 book series’s, and in the first book of those she doesn’t explain everything, it takes the entire 6 books for you to fully understand the world the characters are living. This is only one book! As far as I know, this isn’t going to be apart of a series. So to put all the information into this book about the world that she usually would in 6 books is ridiculous. The entire book would be about the world and that would take away from what was actually going on in the story.
I actually enjoyed the amount of detail about the world that she used. After all the book is coming from the point of view of Fei and she doesn’t know or understand what’s going on or why any more than you read about it. We are given Fei’s knowledge and what she learns. How can we expect more?

I also really enjoyed the relationship between Fei and Zhang Jing. Yes, I do agree that it is similar to a lot of other books by starting with a girl who has lost her parent’s and has to look after her family. Even though it happens a lot that doesn’t make it bad. Even when Fei was given the chance to run with Li Wei she denies it and goes back to help her sister and her village. In that moment I love how Li Wei doesn’t try and force her or convince her, he understands Fei’s love for her sister and his love for Fei drives him to help her even if it risks his own life.

The underlying idea of this book in regard to the deafness, blindness, and the Pixius is truly unreal and like nothing I have read before. I won’t go into details any further about them as I am afraid of ruining it for anyone.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone. However, if you have read anything by Richelle Mead, don’t go into this book expecting the world you get from Bloodlines or Vampire academy, it’s not going to happen in a stand alone book.

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