Original Release Date:
November 10th, 2015
Date I Read The Book:
My Star Rating:
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.
My Review: (Vague Spoilers)
First: Yay! A YA book set somewhere other than America or a made up place that is essentially America in the future. Actually, I think this is the only book I’ve ever read set in Asia. The mythology is interesting, it should be used more.
Now, this was a good book, not my favorite but good. The writing was really lyrical, painting pictures of different senses and experiences very vividly. The story was interesting in premise, but it felt too short. The story felt as if it couldn’t decide what genre it was until the end, and then rushed through it. Most of the book felt like the beginning of a story and then everything was rushed through, though the epilogue was nice, it felt like too clean of a happy ending, they never really did anything. Don’t get me wrong, its a solid 4 star book. Though I would have liked to have seen more of the world, more of the romance, more of everything. Despite this flaw, I did really enjoy the book, and you do get a complete story.
If you want something short, something diverse, or something different like say, standalone fantasy, I’d suggest you read this book.
Even if I far and away prefer Vampire Academy.
“Perfection is an admirable thing to strive for. But so is knowing when to stop.”
― Richelle Mead,
“Again, I am awed, overwhelmed by the strength and emotion conveyed in the human voice. For the first time since this phenomenon started happening to me, I begin to understand the power it could have and why our ancestors mourned its loss. Every sound around me – the renewed pattering of rain, the wind in the leaves – all of is suddenly has a new meaning. I can see how these sounds don’t interfere with the world so much as enhance it. The scope and potential are huge. It’s like having a new color to paint with.”
― Richelle Mead,