While I was not approved to review a full copy of Soundless by Richelle Mead [ 😦 ] on Netgalley, they did have the first four chapters up. Let me just tell you, November 10 cannot come soon enough! The premise is so intriguing!
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…
You have Chinese folklore (POC people!), a whole village where no one has been able to hear for quite some time, class system, the threat of impending blindness and starvation. It will be interesting to see where Mead goes with this story, how Fei, with her new (but hidden) ability to hear, will help her village. Also, just to see what character development Mead will bring to Fei.
It was hard just to put down the first four chapters; I can’t wait to see what the full story will bring! I love that we are getting a story of folklore from a culture other than the Western world.
[Soundless, by Richelle Mead (Razorbill) 272 pp., $19.99]