Soundless by Richelle Mead

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In Soundless,  Richelle Mead creates a world where sound is lost and everyone is just trying to get by. What happens when the people in the village start to lose their sight as well? When the world is black, what will we do then?

“Death. Starvation. Blindness. Another grim day in our village.”
Richelle Mead, Soundless

Her Other Books

Richelle Mead is the author of the bestselling Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series. I’ve read all of Vampire Academy, Bloodlines, and some of her adult series The Age of X.

Vampire Academy (now a movie available on Netflix) stars Rose Hathaway as the main character. She’s a pretty kick ass, take action sort of girl. Obviously the book is about vampires and the series is fully written so if you haven’t read it- do it!

A spin off series of Vampire Academy is Bloodlines starring the smart and vampire-prejudice Sydney. Also good.

The last book series I’ve read from Mead is The Age of X which is about a warrior named Mae. Like Rose, she is another kick ass, strong female character. This series is the only one targeted towards adults so, basically, more sex is involved.

The Plot

In Soundless, Fei lives in a dying village, cut off from the rest of society, relying on a zipline to trade mining goods for food. Everyone has lost the ability to hear and now people are beginning to lose eyesight as well at an alarming rate. Fei’s job is to record the daily happenings around town on a canvas and then hang them in the morning for all to see. But when the person down below, at the other end of the zipline, refuses them food for their mining, it looks like the village will soon starve.

To save her village and her sister, she must climb down the mountain to find out what she can about the man controlling the zipline and their food supply.

Thoughts

To me, this book, more than any of the others, plays off the idea of folktales. It reminds me a lot of folklore mixed with prophecy, stretched out to the length of a novel.  It’s an interesting world that Mead creates, bound by the complexities of humanity.

I always like to find the universal truth in novels. No matter how different a novel is from your everyday life, there’s always some truth about life and humanity. In this novel, like in Ashfall by Mike Mullin, it’s the truth in how humans can turn on other humans for power, gain, or fear that is most interesting for me.

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