Review of Soundless by Richelle Mead

Title: Soundless
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill

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…

Rating: I will be giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I am very torn on this book. There were things that I truly enjoyed and things that I was a little disappointed on. The idea of this book is amazing, the author does an amazing job with the creation of this world as well as the descriptions with communication since there is no sound in the village. The word choices that the author used to describe paintings and the world around the main character were so thought out and helped create such a vivid image of this world. I was, however, a little disappointed with this book. When I saw that this book contained Chinese folklore I was really looking forward to this book having so much of the Chinese culture and traditions are woven within this book but there were only a few things here and there. This was such a great opportunity for this author to shine, even though this is a stand-alone novel it had such potential to be amazing and it fell short.