21 Nov 2015

REVIEW: SOUNDLESS by Richelle Mead


Author: Richelle Mead
Source: Purchased from Kobo (why)
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Rating: 1.5/5 stars

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 Beiguo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever....
"Chinese Folklore" my ass. Also, "Fantasy" my ass. This was just a weak ass attempt at creating something diverse. And I know so many people probably picked it up thinking "Oh! A book about Chinese Folklore! So cool!" and will be reading it saying "okay so when does that actually happen?" Because the "Fantasy" and the "Chinese Folklore" don't make an appearance until about 90% through the novel. In fact, it's the last 3 chapters. 

The characters were flat and the romance was dead. I would have called this one more science fiction than anything because of the "dystopian" aspect of it. Which leads me to, why the fuck would the artists be revered and the miners be given less portions when it is the miners who are giving the supply of materials that actual gets the people the food. How does that make sense. Wouldn't they need the most food to be strong to get the metal?

I have so many issues with this one but I'm just done. Here are some other reviews that say it better than me: 
Emily May from The Book Geek
Khanh from The Book Nookery
Riley from Riley Marie


  1. There was so much wrong with this book that I didn't even think about the whole portion-control thing afterwards, though thinking about it now, I'm sure that thought occurred to me a few times while reading.

  2. There were lots of negative reviews about Soundless and maybe I'm fine with not bothering to try read it I guess. I've read a number of Chinese literature in high school, and honestly it didn't suit to my liking. :/

    Honest review, Jamie! :)

    Fiona | A Girl Between the Pages

  3. I was so excited when I first heard about this book...but all I've heard are negative reviews :(
    I might get around to reading it one day...if I ever have nothing else to read.

  4. Ouch. But your review fits along with what I've heard about this book. I own it so I will read it. But I'm not looking forward to it as much anymore as I was when I first heard about the book. In fact, I cannot think of blogger who enjoyed this book. So sad.

    Dreams @ Once Upon A Dream Books


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