Hello Gemmies! Today, I have a spoiler free review of Soundless by Richelle Mead. This book kept me riveted from start to finish. Mead pulls from Chinese and Taiwanese culture and mythology to create a unique world full of honor, tradition, adventure, and sacrifice. The main character Fei and her entire village are deaf. They have learned to live this way for generations, and now some are beginning to go blind. When her sister is stricken by the mysterious blindness, Fei is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery to help save her people. I don't want to divulge much more without getting into spoiler territory, but there is lots of adventure, love, mystery, intrigue, and yup, you know i'm going to say it....creatures!
Synopsis from Good Reads:
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.
This was such an enjoyable and refreshing read. I devoured it in one sitting! I highly recommend you add this one to your reading list. I give Soundless four gemstones! If you have read this gem, let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Happy Reading!