From Richelle Mead, the number-one internationally best-selling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore.
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 are 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 listeners 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....
©2015 Richelle Mead (P)2015 Listening Library
This was a fantasy book with only about 5% of it being fantasy. I also didn't like the description of the book describing "sound becomes her weapon". Sound was not her weapon it's as much a weapon as the dragon radar in Dragon Ball was a weapon. All she did was hear the rocks falling and footsteps.
The book was okay but I felt this book was very misleading and the ending just kinda comes out of left field with not much build up or hints throughout the story.
I normally don't write reviews but I was so surprised by how much I disliked this book I felt I should share my opinion. From the very beginning I was simply not captivated by her writing like I have been in the past. After maybe 2 and a half chapters I realized I had no idea what I was listening to and had to re-start the book. This book took me significantly longer to finish than I would have expected due to the fact that I kept falling asleep listening to it. Now you might think, "oh is it the narration?" and I don't think that was the problem. There was simply a very weak plot-line unlike Richelle Mead's usual writing style.
If your expectations going in are for well developed characters with charisma and charm with an interesting story line to support them then you will probably not like this book. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy it more that I did!
Richelle Mead is one of my favorite authors of all time. She has an amazing ability to craft character chemistry. Unfortunately, this novel just lacked in this area. I liked the story and the setting. I just didn't feel anything for the characters. Fei lacked personality. Li Wei might have been better, but only marginally. Fei's sister, Zhang Jing was two dimensional. We were supposed to care about her and the village people up in the mountain, but I just didn't. The girl and her dad who ran the restaurant in the town were pretty cool, but they didn't get much screen time.
The plot was interesting enough. I liked the premise anyway. There were a few holes that never quite resolved themselves, like what triggered Fei's hearing to return. The King and the people keeping the village in enslavement were never fully realized. I felt they were evil for evil sake, which does't make for an interesting story.
The narrator was really good. She was convincing and rode the line between and accent and good pronunciation well. I would listen to her again.
So while it kills me to say this, Soundless was a disappointment. If only because I know the author is capable of so much more.
Generally I enjoy the melodrama of teen novels, but this book's characters and the dialogue are flat at best. I did not have high expectations. I've read other Richelle Mead books and this book did not even meet the low expectations that I had.
I love how well the village and how it worked was developed. And the main character and her discoveries were well described. The voice reading was very lovely to listen to.
Was my first time listening to Kim
Disappointment, since I know Richelle Mead wrote many really great books.
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