Soundless

Soundless

by Richelle Mead

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ISBN-13: 9781595147646
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 11/08/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 157,404
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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Richelle Mead is a New York Times bestselling author. She is also the author of Vampire Academy, Frost Bite, Bloodlines, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, and many others. 

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Soundless 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot twists explode with creativity. Love the way there could be another book ( hope so), yet leaves you fulfilled in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in 4 days. I think it felt better than vampire academy. Just love it.
Taylor_FrayedBooks More than 1 year ago
This was just... not good. I didn't like the storyline and I didn't like how it was carried out. In my opinion, it made those with disabilities sound kind of useless and like nobody cared about them once they were unable to work the mines. The redeeming quality of this book would be the diversity of the characters and attempting to tell a story about a girl saving her town from sure peril. I wasn't hooked on this book and I pretty much breezed through it as fast as possible. I love all of Richelle's other books and this made me sad to not enjoy it.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had such high hopes for this but I just wasn’t feeling it. Soundless has all the ingredients for an amazing book. It has Chinese folklore, mystery, adventure, and romance. However, it just didn’t work. I found myself almost bored right from the beginning and I never really got fully invested in the story. The only reason why I stuck with it is because it’s written by my favorite author. The Chinese folklore was barely there, the adventure wasn’t as suspenseful as I thought it would be, and the romance just didn’t add up. It almost just seemed like the two of them were thrown together just for the romance. I didn’t actually “feel the love.” Maybe it’s because this felt more like a dystopian than a fantasy novel. I mean, there is a smidgen of fantasy at the end but it sort of felt like it came out of nowhere. Honestly, it left me a bit confused. But it just didn’t have the same feel to it that I’ve come to expect from Richelle’s writing. I mean, there was very little world building, you are pretty much just thrown into the world and expected to just believe it without really understanding what’s going on and why. And then, like I said, when the fantasy part hits you, it clocks you upside the head out of nowhere. It pains me to rate this book because I love this author’s work but I suppose you can’t win them all. Unfortunately, this just didn’t work for me. It lacked the adventure, the wold building, the character depth, and pretty much all that I’ve come to know from Richelle Mead’s work.
EmberCW More than 1 year ago
The village Fei grew up in has no sound. Nothing. Every person there is deaf. Their hearing faded away generations ago for reasons no one understood, but they got along well enough. Now, however, they are dying. Food is scarce and strictly rationed. Little comes up the mountain anymore. Some wish for an escape, but there is no way off the mountain. The passages were blocked by avalanches long ago. Many tried to climb their way down, only to be killed by falls or rockslides that they couldn't hear. One by one the villagers are beginning to lose their vision. Fei's sister is one of the affected. She would do near anything to protect her sister, but does she have the courage to risk it all? Fei lives the pampered existence as one of the apprentice Artists, her duty is to write and draw the daily news and records, but she longs to do so much more. When the worst happens, she must brave the dangers of the mountain with an old flame, Li, to find the mysterious line keeper who sends them their food via zip line. what they find is far beyond anything they bargained for. But Fei has one special gift that may be the weapon to save them all: she can hear. I don't often see good clean fantasy using asian culture, Chinese, to be more specific. It was a lovely change from my usual fantasy fare. Richelle has a lovely and descriptive writing voice. I could truly feel Fei's fear and confusion when sound first entered her life. The perilous decent down the cliff face, the villages, the art and the characters are just beautiful. It is a bit slow in places, but totally worth the effort. I wasn't disappointed. Being a mainstream novel, I had not expected it to be very clean. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that this book is about as squeaky clean as it gets. My hat is off to the author for this. Soundless is a wonderful book that I can wholeheartedly recommend to any readers out there, both old and young. Safety Ratings: Romance: a couple of sweet kisses. Language: none. Drinking / Drugs: one small scene in an inn where an unnamed patron gets a bit drunk and tries to start a fight. Blood / Violence: very mild. There is a raid and one end battle, several chase scenes and a capture. blood is minimal. The main characters also briefly stumble upon some old skeletons.
TaleofTigress More than 1 year ago
It was an okay book. It starts out extremely interesting and I kept thinking that the story was going to go somewhere but in the end it didn't. The whole story is just one depressing event after another. When I finished I closed the book and thought, 'That was depressing...' The author clearly has talent so I can understand why some people liked the book but I just couldn't enjoy the story. As other people have mentioned, despite the many advertisements about the book taking place in ancient china, the story is actually quite bare of anything related to Chinese culture. There was so little Chinese culture in the story that the few times there was something remotely Chinese I was taken aback because I had forgotten that it was supposed to take place in China. Overall this book is neither horrible nor great. It's a book to read when your bored but not worth the 20$ I paid for. I'd either by it on Nook or wait until it comes out in paperback.
Colebowl91 More than 1 year ago
The book was just okay. Somewhat original but really lacking a good storyline. The Chinese culture was missing from the book, which was misleading. Main character was likeable but not very interesting. Romance was probably the best thing about the story but even that was just okay. It was readable but overall not very important. Needed more thought and world building.
KisaWhipkey More than 1 year ago
I vaguely remember hearing about this one prior to its release, so when I stumbled on it in my local library, I eagerly picked it up. Having been a long-time fan of Chinese folklore, it sounded like a sure-fire win. And for the most part, it was. Right from the first page, I was hooked by the world-building. Lush and beautiful, Mead paints the alternate world of Beiguo with vivid color and a style that reminded me a bit of my favorite video game — Jade Empire — crossed with a Disney film. It’s gorgeously life-like, but with definite fairy tale magic woven throughout. I’ve seen several reviewers class this as a “retelling,” but if it is, I’m not familiar with the original tale. Mead definitely captures the overall feel of a folktale, but I’m also not sure how authentically Chinese it is. I will say that her culture, which I suspect was largely fictional and merely inspired by Chinese history/mythology, did feel authentic to her world. How closely that reflects our own though, I’m not qualified to say. The set-up of the story is original and intriguing — a village trapped at the top of a mountain, a people who have lost the ability to hear, and a mystery illness threatening it all — and Mead does a fantastic job of creating a culture where deafness is the norm. Some of the most brilliant moments came in the descriptions of what it’s like for Fei when her hearing suddenly returns. The way Mead portrays that experience was eye-opening for someone like me, who has never had to contend with a life without sound, and it resonated deeply. I appreciated that while she did sort of fall into the trap of the miracle-cure trope, Fei didn’t actually treat it as such. Instead, her sudden hearing — which is, somewhat unfortunately, very vital to the plot — is considered to be a curse. The plot itself is a standard fairy tale quest, with Fei being sent on a mission to save her people. It’s sauntering in pace and narrow in scope, but perfectly mimics the presentation of traditional fairy tales. There seems to be a lot of complaint in reviews regarding this, and I must admit, I don’t understand why. I felt that the book delivered everything I hoped for on this front, providing a straightforward tale full of innocent love, beautiful settings, and just enough adventure. The only thing that kept me from giving it five stars is that it is a plot built around the idea of a miracle cure — the village literally cannot be saved without Fei’s ability to hear — and the deus ex machina at the end. It wasn’t until the climax that I realized there had actually been foreshadowing of that event all along, but it was too subtle and buried beneath other plot lines. I would have liked that set-up to be more prominent, and for Fei to have had more agency in its coming to fruition. But otherwise, I highly enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to fans of fairy tales looking for a refreshingly different and clean read.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Soundless tells the story of Fei, a young girl trying to rescue her village. Fei lives in a mountain village that is cut off from everything. The only way down is to descend the incredibly steep cliffside. The issue is that their entire village is deaf, so even if someone were to climb to the town at the base of the mountain, they probably won't make it when a rockslide happens. Their village relies on the town below to send food via zip line in trade for metal they mine from the mountain. Their situation is turning dire because some of the people are starting to go blind and with fewer workers less metal is mined which means smaller amounts of food is being brought up. Fei's people are in a really bad situation and there is no help in sight. That is until Fei awakens one night and realizes she is able to hear. No one has been able to hear for generations, and it was interesting when she realized what was happening and her thoughts when it came to her new sense. Knowing she can now hear a potential rock slide and will be able to warn someone, Fei, and a miner from the village team up and their journey begins. I wasn't sure what to expect from a YA book about a deaf village trapped up on a mountain, but I was intrigued so I had to snag it from the library. I found that I fell in love with the story as each chapter passed. Fei is young but has a good head on her shoulders. She wants to do the best for her village, even if that mean breaking the rules they survive by. I think that some readers will get a bit tired of some of the slower scenes, but I found the book is quite well balanced. If you enjoy YA or are looking for something a bit different, I highly recommend this book.
terferj More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I enjoyed reading this. It was a fairly quick read. It did start off slightly slow for me but picked up quickly. I loved that it was a standalone and it left no unanswered questions. I like the Chinese mythological creature the story, in a way, revolved around. I don’t know much about Chinese culture but I felt it was well researched. I like that not only it was of diverse characters, they also were deaf and used sign language. I honestly remember one other book that I read where a character was deaf (and it was a minor character), so that was nice to read about. I liked the main character, Fei. She wasn’t snarky like Rose in Vampire Academy but she had courage. The things she did and went through for her sister and everyone in the village is admirable. I liked the romance with Li Wei was not all in your face. I felt it to be more subtle. So yeah I thought it was a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AsDreamsAreMade More than 1 year ago
Original Review Link: http://asdreamsaremade.com/2015/11/book-tuesday-release-day-soundless/#more-2969 I almost didn’t read this because of all the mixed reviews it’s been getting, but I decided to take a chance and go for it. Fei and the rest of her village have always been deaf for as long as they can remember. They’re situated on the top of a mountain where they mine precious metals and rely on the “line keeper” to send up food and supplies in exchange for whatever they mine. However, some of the villagers are now losing their site–a scary epidemic that can spell ruin for the entire village. One morning, instead of finding she can’t see, Fei wakes with the strangest sensation and discovers that she is no longer deaf. Along with her childhood friend, Li Wei, they strike out to climb down the mountain and find help for their village. What Fei discovers will forever change her destiny. Ok. So overall I’m glad I read it. I did enjoy it. Was it amazing? Eh. Was it horrible? No. I think I was just expecting a bit more from this book and was a bit disappointed when it didn’t deliver. Fei was a likeable enough character. She’s willing to sacrifice a lot for her sister and those she cares about. Her developing relationship with Li Wei was interesting. He challenged her to become a better person and think about the circumstances they’re forced to endure. The rest of the minor characters were just that–minor. They’re really not very developed; neither was Fei or Li Wei for that matter. I think the main issue I had with this story was the plot was very rushed. Everything happened very quickly (it’s only 272 pages–I read it in a couple of hours). I would have liked to have seen some further development of certain points. The other village that they stumble across for instance. Or their culture. I feel that the resolving climax comes a little out of nowhere. I don’t want to get too into it because of spoilers, but I would have liked to have seen a bit more history behind it. The ending gets resolved, but at the same time I’m left with a few questions. As of right now, I haven’t heard of plans for a sequel, but it’s there if Richelle Mead wants to do it. I hope she does because I feel she has the opportunity to flesh out some of the more interesting plot points with the King, the pixiu, and the other town villagers. Should you skip this one? No. I did enjoy it, but it was just “ok” for me. If you feel like something a little different, a fast read, and some fantasy thrown in, go for it.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Soundless by Richelle Mead is a fantasy novel using Chinese folklore as the theme. Soundless was a very different type of story by Richelle Mead, and though this was sort of a dystopian story, it was totally different using the chinese folklore theme. Fei, our heroine, is a young girl who lives in a mining village high up in the mountains, with no way to leave. All the residents are deaf, as they use sign language to talk to one another. No one knows why they cannot hear, since this has been the way of life going way back. The miners in the village must work hard to pull precious metal from the mines, in order to ship them via a line down the mountain in exchange for food for them all. Slowly, some of the miners are going blind, causing fewer metals to be pulled, and thereby less food to feed them. Fei is an artist, one of the few chosen ones, who have the daily job of recording history through their paintings. Fei’s sister, Zhang is also an artist, but she has begun to hide the fact they she is slowly losing her sight. One night Fei has a dream, and wakes up with different vibrations. She begins to realize that she is beginning to hear things. She is afraid to tell anyone, and doesn’t know why this has happened. Fei spends the next few days listening to different sounds, and it was nice to watch her try to understand what the sounds are. Li Wei, our hero, is one of the miners in the village, who has become disgruntled at the poor conditions. Li who sees his father die from all those years in the mine, begins to protest the conditions. Li many years ago helped save Fei from a fall, and she has always had a crush on him. But they are like night and day, as he is determined to fight this kind of life, and she is content to do what she is expected to do. Once Fei’s sister’s impending blindness is discovered, and Zhang is demoted to a servant, she will go to Li and agree to help him. What follows is a very interesting story, as Li and Fei sneak out together and make their dangerous attempt to go down the mountain (via ropes) and try to ask for help. What they find isn’t what they expect. There are so many different aspects of the story, including the budding romance between Li and Fei. Whatever the discoveries they find, and there are many, some horrific, Fei will stop at nothing to go back to save her sister. The wild ending was exciting, especially with the added fantasy element. To tell too much more would be spoilers. Soundless was a different but excellent storyline, which I thought started somewhat slow, though any world-building is normally that way. However, the last 1/3 of the book was very well done. If you are looking for a pulsating action packed adventure, you will not find that in this book. In the early part of the book, I did find myself losing a little interest, but thankfully I kept going and in the end, I did enjoy the story, and found the entire concept very interesting. Richelle Mead did a fantastic job writing this story and making it believable to us.
Angelized_1st More than 1 year ago
Author Richelle Mead deviates from the vampire/paranormal genre to write a novel based in Chinese mythology. When I first heard Mead was going to release a novel set in China featuring a Chinese heroine, I was really happy. Not because I don’t love Vampire Academy or her Bloodlines series, but because the synopsis sounded so interesting. And let’s be honest, the cover is beautiful! I really liked Fei as a main character. She’s strong, brave and selfless. Despite being tempted to live for herself, Fei thinks of her entire community. I really enjoyed reading a young adult novel that features a romance, where the heroine contains these traits. So many YA novels these days stress the “Our love trumps everything” motto. While that’s swoon worthy, it’s great to have a character whose worldview isn’t so narrow. Fei wasn’t the only great character in Soundless. Fei’s sister Zhang Jing is really sweet, and I can see why Fei cares for her. However, I wish there was more of their relationship in the novel. I also really liked Li Wei, Fei’s love interest. He’s a strong male lead, but isn’t the typical bad boy character that permeates many YA novels. It would be nice to see what happens next between them, but I’m ok with Soundless being a stand alone novel. I already have enough series to keep up with. If you are a fan of Richelle Mead’s other books, then I think you’ll really enjoy Soundless. It is different from her other stuff, but it definitely reads like something Mead would have written, and will hook you immediately.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and found it really hard to put down. I was very excited to get my hands on an early copy of the new stand alone novel by Richelle Mead. While I own quite a few of her books, I had not read any of them before reading this book. This book ended up being something quite different than I had expected but I enjoyed every page of the story it told. Fei lives in a village high in the mountains. Everyone who lives in her village is unable to hear. They are also unable to grow food in the village so they must rely on the zipline that sustains them through the food that is sent up. They are a mining village and the metals that they get from the mine are exchanged for the food that is keeping them alive. Unfortunately, the exchange is not at all generous and the village has a very limited supply of food. Any complaints are met with a reduction in the supplies sent. Some of the villagers are beginning to lose their sight which may put the village into further jeopardy. Fei and Li Wei decide to do something about the situation. They will leave the village despite the risks to try to help the people from the village including Fei's sister who has begun to loose her sight. During their journey, they will learn the truth about their situation and will realize that everything that they have always believed is part of the lie that they have been living. The characters in this book are absolutely amazing. Fei is tough and willing to stand up for what she believes is right. She isn't a fighter but she is willing to put herself in danger in order to help the people that she cares about. Li Wei made my heart melt a little bit. He is so in love with Fei and he shows that through his actions. He follows her lead and is willing to make sacrifices to help her even when he questions their ability to succeed. He proves himself to be a genuinely good man. The story itself was terrific. The way that the layers were pulled back to tell the story bit by bit really made this a book that was hard to put down. The pacing of the story was excellent. The build up to the various discoveries was well done. I can't think of a moment during the book that I was bored. I felt like I was on the journey with Fei and Li Wei and I wanted to know what the truth was right along with them. I had expected the book to be more firmly planted in Chinese culture. If you changed the characters' names, I feel like this book could have been set in any location. I didn't feel at all disappointed by this but it wasn't what I had expected. I did really enjoy all of the descriptions of hearing for the first time. This is such a difficult thing to put into words but I think that the author did it perfectly. I would highly recommend this book to others. I think that this story will appeal to a wide audience. This is the first book by Richelle Mead that I have read but I look forward to reading more from her in the future. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group - Razorbill via Penguin First to Read for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Soundless by Richelle Mead Publisher: Razorbill Publication Date: November 10, 2015 Rating: 3 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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... What I Liked: I LOVED this book... up until the ending. I kid you not. I was enjoying it (with the exception of a few small things) until I reached the climax and ending, and I didn't enjoy it much. It wasn't that the ending was BAD - the ending was satisfying! But in a very simplistic, unrealistic way. You'll see more of my thoughts on that later in the review! This book is a Pili-Pushed recommendation, and I'm counting it for the month of September (I'm one book behind, oops!). Fei and her village are all deaf, and slowly, some of them are going blind. On the top of a mountain, they are helpless and cannot feed themselves, so some of the villagers are miners, who mine precious metals and send them via a zipline to the base of the mountain, and food comes back up the zipline, just enough or sometimes not enough to feed the village. They have no concept of who is behind the zipline, who is at the base of the mountain, what lies in the world beyond the top of the mountain. When Fei's sister is demoted from artistry (she's discovered as going blind), and Fei's hearing starts to return, Fei knows that she needs to do something. And that involves scaling down the mountain. While I was reading, I was so incredibly sucked into this book. I HAD to know what Fei would discover, who would be sending the food, what the world would be like. Fei and a boy from her past, Li Wei, scale down the mountains, discovering bit by bit as they go. When they reach the base, and keep walking, what they discover is both wondrous and terrifying. But I get ahead of myself. Fei is an artist, one of the selected few who are the recorders, the ones that paint every day to record history in pictures. Since there is no spoken communication (they are deaf, and they do not speak either), paintings are how history is kept. Li Wei is a miner. Miners are starting to go blind, but and Li Wei's father is one of them. Somehow, Zhang Ling (Fei's sister and fellow artist) is also going blind. Fei and Li Wei decide to go down the mountain to see if they can convince whoever is in charge of sending the food to send more. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Fei's entire village lost its hearing generations ago. Some claim that mythical pixius eliminated sound on the mountaintop so that they could slumber but no one really knows. For Fei and her people it is the way life has always been in their village isolated by mountains on all sides. Life in the village can be bleak as miners work to extract precious metals from the mountain's mine in exchange for food rations sent up via zipline from the kingdom of Beiguo far below. With villagers going blind and food--already a precious commodity--coming in smaller and smaller quantities, the fate of the village is uncertain. Fei can see the growing threats to her people every day as she observes the village to paint her part of the day's record that are displayed in the village center each morning. Awoken one night be unsettling dreams and a noise unlike anything she could imagine, Fei realizes that her hearing has been restored. With this strange new sense to help her and steadfast Li Wei by her side, Fei has the power to change her own life and that of her entire village forever in Soundless (2015) by Richelle Mead. Soundless is a standalone fantasy inspired by Mead's fascination with and love for Chinese folklore. Fei is a fantastic heroine fueled by fierce love for her sister. She is strong, capable and confident in her own strengths. Fei brings an artistic eye to her world as she begins to push against the status quo in her village. Surprising twists and shocks make for an surprising final act as Soundless builds to an exciting conclusion. Although this novel does employ a magical cure for Fei's deafness, the subject is still handled thoughtfully with cleverly integrated dialog (written in italics as characters sign to each other) and carefully blocked scenes (Mead is always mindful that the characters are looking at each other before they begin signing for instance). Fei's struggle to make sense of sound after a lifetime without is fascinating and extremely well done. Moments in the narrative also highlight times when not hearing is an advantage as well. Fei does come to see her restored hearing as an asset and something of value that she hopes her friends and loved ones will also experience one day. However it is important to note that lack of hearing is never portrayed as a limitation for any of the characters. Soundless is further strengthened with a sweet romance between Fei and Li Wei who are thrown together to save their village. Their evolving relationship throughout the novel is, in a word, adorable. Diverse characters, unique mythology, and a thoughtful examination of deafness add another dimension to this rich narrative. Soundless is a provocative and original fantasy novel in a rarely seen setting. A must-read and highly recommended.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to receive Soundless: A Sneak Peak by Richelle Mead. I have been looking forward to this book since it was announced. Fei and her sister Zhang Jing are apprentices in the art program. They get better lodging, food, and clothing. They take the news of the previous day and put it into pictures for the whole village to look at (they are stationed all around the village to observe only). The villagers all lost their hearing many years ago. Everyone speaks using sign language. Now some of the villagers are losing their eye sight. It is mostly the miners which means that less precious metals are coming out of the mines. What they mine is sent down the mountain (via zip line) to pay for their supplies (food). Their rations are being cut (because of less precious metals). Now Zhang’s sight is going (her observation post is in the mine) and Fei is afraid her sister will get thrown out of the program (which means she will be a beggar since their parents are deceased). Something needs to be done to help the people in the village (they live on a mountain that is impossible to climb up or down). Li Wei is a miner (and talented carver). He is in love with Fei (and Fei with Li) but they cannot be together (because Fei joined the artists). What is going to happen to the villagers? Is there a way to improve life for everyone? Why are people losing their sight (something in the mines)? Will Fei and Li ever be able to be together? I just received a sneak peak of the book, but it was enough to tell me that I was not going to enjoy this book. The romance portion seems to dominate the book. I cannot believe that this is the same writer who wrote those other wonderful books. I was just disappointed. I can only give Soundless 2.75 out of 5 stars. Maybe it gets better. I just did not enjoy what I read. The story seems very simple and it lacks depth. The story reminded me of fairytales I read when I was younger. I think younger readers (tweens) will enjoy this novel more than the adults. I received a complimentary copy of Soundless from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.