Thursday, December 10, 2015

Soundless by Richelle Mead - ADVISABLE

Mead, Richelle Soundless, 266 pages.  Razorbill (Penguin), 2015.  $20.  Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (people thrown off the mountain).

No one in Fei’s village can hear a word.  Legend has it that their silence was caused by the with drawing of the pixius – immortal beings who silenced the village when they wanted to sleep.  The village’s existence is very perilous, however.  They are perched at the top of a steep mountain and the only way to get provisions is to send precious metals down a fragile rope to a town below, which then send up foodstuffs and other supplies in exchange.  But people in the village are also losing their eyesight – even Fei’s own sister.  In her determination to find a solution, Fei will join with her former friend, Li Wei, one of the miners, and scale down the mountain to talk to the town and the line keeper – setting in motion events that will either save them or doom them all.

Soundless reads way too fast for – I feel like the last 50 pages really need to be 100 instead – it just felt really rushed, downplaying the fantasy element to a point to where it almost didn’t matter except as deus ex machine.  I admire Fei and her determination, though and will happily share this with my students.


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