Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date/Publisher: November 10th 2015 by Razorbill
Finished: June 5th 2015
Pages: 272 (368 on Goodreads)-ARC Paperback-borrowed
Synopsis 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 Thought:
I borrowed a copy of this to review from a local blogger.
I’ve never read anything by this author since I’m not really that into vampire books but once I saw this one it went to the top of my list of books I wanted to read. I was lucky enough to borrow a copy from a local blogger and I read it right away!
This book read pretty quickly and if I hadn’t taken an unexpected nap I could have finished it in one day. The author describes their village so well and how they work in their daily lives in a short amount of time. They have their own classes, those higher above the others, and our main character Fei is above a lot of people because of her ability to paint. I loved that she could see the beauty in the smallest things and the fact that she wanted to paint the world around her was perfect for her character. She was calm and creative but she was also caring for her sister and would do anything to help her.
Every towns person is deaf and uses hand signals, so pretty much the whole book is done that way instead of speech quotations, which was pretty unique. It’s all italicized so it reads like normal talk and wasn’t the least bit confusing. Some of them are going or have already gone blind, and their only resource on a zip-line down the mountain can’t/won’t help. When she starts to hear for the first time the descriptions of how she’s experiencing everything was just so well done. I can only imagine how hard it would be to adapt and learn what those sounds are without help. The adventure she goes on with another person was really interesting and I loved figuring out what exactly was going on. There’s danger and they use the senses they have to the best of their ability to survive.
This is one that I wasn’t expecting to like as much as I did, but then again I’ve never read anything by this author until now. I will definitely be watching for more of her writing and I really suggest you give this book a try.