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.
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Release Date: 10 November, 2015
Purchase: Barnes & Noble • Amazon
Review Written: 2 January, 2016
Settled on a mountain where the roads have been blocked for generations, Gentle Fei’s world has been nothing short of predictable and knowing. Unable to hear since birth, she and the rest of her village have continued to struggle on through existence without sound. Things have changed quite quickly in Fei’s life and she’s struggling with many secrets. Her sister’s sight is disappearing and more troubling she’s recovered the gift of hearing. It is most disconcerting, given that she’s spent most of her life in a void of sound.
Soundless offers a departure from the normal world of Young Adult fiction, offering both a main character with a disability and one that is female to boot. The curious novelty of this doesn’t escape the reader and even in later chapters, the regaining her hearing is hardly an advantage. Unable to understand spoken language, Fei’s new sense is hardly much more than a good tool to scale down the mountain and try to solve the problems of her village. Mead’s writing has always been good, giving a flow of interest to the reader and making it easy to remain lost within the pages. Readers who pick this book up will potentially have a hard time putting it down. Each chapter leaves one wanting more and making it more and more dire.
Having picked up the first five chapters as a pre-release read from Netgalley, I knew I needed to find a copy of the book for myself so I could see how the novel would progress and in. I have to say I wasn’t disappointed. As far as I can tell Soundless is a stand-alone book from Mead, though I’d love to be wrong and surprised with a second installment. However for now I look forward to picking up The Glittering Court when it comes around and eventually getting around to reading the Bloodlines series now that it’s completed.