Goodreads Rating: 3.39
n 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.
I got this book in an OwlCrate and honestly, I'm kind of happy I did because it probably wouldn't have been something I picked up otherwise.
It sounded really interesting, with a village that was all deaf and then begin to slowly lose their eye sight. I had some trouble getting into the story in the beginning. I didn't get instantly absorbed into the story but it slowly grew on me. Richelle Mead really has a fabulous way of writing and describing what it was like to not be able to hear and then suddenly getting your hearing.
The romancey stuff between Fei and Li Wei got a little old after a while. I found myself thinking, "Yes, I get it. Romantic tension." But that really isn't my style. I'm not a big mushy romance person.
The thing I liked the most was the reason why the village was losing it's eyesight and why they lost their hearing in the first place. The ending was really nice and by the last 100 pages, I couldn't put it down for long.
Overall, a good, entertaining book, but it just didn't blow me away. It did give me a new respect and admiration for Mead's writing style though.
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