Written by: Richelle Mead
Published by: Razorbill
Release date: November 10th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Source: BookExpo America 2015
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From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling 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 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 Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever...
Did you really give Soundless a chance?
I tried. I tried really hard. I wanted to love this book!! But I made it to page 72 and just couldn’t go on. For those who are all “but Soundless is fantasy, fantasy books are long, give it a chance” I can only say — Soundless is short. My ARC is 266 pages. I… like… what?! So yeah. I read 27%, which was enough for me to decide that if I didn’t like it by then, it wasn’t going to grow on me.
Have you enjoyed other books of the same genre?
I said above that Soundless is fantasy — that’s how I first heard it described and that’s how I’ve seen it marketed. But honestly… from what I read, it felt a bit more like historical fiction — no fantasy elements at all. (I’ve since heard that those fantasy elements kick in a little bit at the end.)
Had you been looking forward to this book in particular? Why?
Yes! I was excited to see that Richelle was writing a fantasy because I love fantasy. I tried her Vampire Academy series a long time ago, but didn’t finish the first book — it just wasn’t for me. So when I heard Richelle was writing a fantasy based in Chinese folklore, I was really excited. But, well… we all know how that worked out for me.