Published by Penguin on November 10th 2015
Genres: young adult, fantasy, romance
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....
Did you know, I was scared to read this book because of all the negative reviews that I’ve seen it getting, but I do have to say this: I really liked this book. I don’t love it, but I really liked it. I felt that there were problems here and there, but I still did like it.
I definitely LOVE the whole setting of this book. A whole village of deaf people? I was reaaally curious as to how Richelle Mead would write out this story, knowing that there shouldn’t be any sense of hearing or noises here and there. I kinda did scrutinize each and every sentence, thinking that she’ll mess up, because that’s what most people said about this book. But honestly? I think this book was pretty much well-written, given the fact that the author does not have first-hand experience in being deaf. Basically in this story, we know that Fei was the only one who got her sense of hearing back, so it was an out-of-this-world experience, reading the way Richelle Mead described each and every sound.
“Look what we’ve done so far. We’re pretty good at the impossible.”
Fei’s character was someone that I connected to from the start. Even though she made quite a number of stupid mistakes without thinking, she always thought of her family first, before anything else. She’s obedient, and always wanted to be the perfect student, and that makes it all the more heartbreaking, seeing her realize that everything around her was slowly becoming a lie.
HAVE I SAID HOW MUCH I ACTUALLY LOVE THE WORLD BUILDING? I think this is due to the fact that I went into the book with pretty low expectations. But the author used simplistic words to describe the mountainous areas, and I find myself imagining what it all looks like. I just wished that there could have been more to the world-building. Like, it could have been made more bigger, more beautiful.
There were some parts of the book that I felt were draggy and unnecessary, but the story did pull me in from the start. And the romance was basically one of the reasons why you should read this book. It’s more of a childhood romance thingiesh, where one finally moves on to something else? I find it really really cute, and I find Li Wei SERIOUSLY CUTE.
I don’t know guys, I think some of you might like this book. Give it a try.