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Friday, January 1, 2016

Review: Soundless

Title: Soundless
Author: Richelle Mead
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Kim Mai Guest
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Length: Novel (272 pages/8.3 hours)
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Library
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Melissa's Review:

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.

The Narrator:
I found Kim Mai Guest's voice pleasant and I felt she channeled Fei's character well. There was a good distinction between all of the character's voices so I could easily tell who was talking. Character's emotions shined through the voices at the appropriate places and added to the experience. I will be seeking more of MGuest's work in the future.

8 comments:

  1. This sounds intriguing. An entire town that was deaf. Did they explain why the entire village was deaf? I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. They did! It's later in the story and what causes it is a spoiler so I won't say ;)

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  2. wow, the entire village is def? is she the only one to get her hearing back? that interesting indeed Mel! It all sounds so good ;)

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    1. Uh huh to both of your questions :) It was a really interesting read!

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  3. Such a gorgeous book. I've not read this one but love her books as a whole and have it on my tbr pile. I'll have to see if our library has it :D Sounds like it was a really good one!

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    1. That's where I grabbed it from, hope yours has it! :)

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  4. I had my sights on this book for awhile, but I don't remember if it ever officially made the list. Thank you for the great review. I have read only one of Richelle Mead's books and I wasn't a fan, but this seems more my thing and I would really like to give her another shot.

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    1. This was my first RMead book, I enjoyed it! I need to check out more of her stuff.

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