“In 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.”
-Synopsis taken from Goodreads
Hey guys! Meaghan here again with another review! (Some of you may notice that I’m finally catching up with all the reviews on my Goodreads, and finally posting them here. Whoops…)
“Perfection is an admirable thing to strive for. But so is knowing when to stop.”
Stars (Out of 10): 5/10 Stars
Overall Thoughts: This was a quick and enjoyable read. It wasn’t my favorite book, partly because it’s shortness didn’t allow all of the potentially interesting world and plot to be fully developed, but it was interesting and captivating for the hours of time it occupied. It had some interesting and unexpected twists, and overall was a pretty decent book!
The Good: Pretty interesting idea, and had a realistic ending. Wasn’t “happily ever after” right away, but rather showed a path to a good ending (while still fully finishing the novel, and providing ample closure.)
The Bad: Felt quick, and I felt the entire ideas presented weren’t explored enough. There were some things added in the last 100 pages that could have been really interesting if actually developed. In addition, while the solution was vaguely referenced here and there, it felt somewhat sudden, and didn’t seem to fully fit with the book.
SPOILERS BEGIN HERE
The Characters: While I liked the characters, I didn’t get too attached to them either. The relationship was cute though! Only true complaint is about how Li Wei and Fei weren’t always sticking to their decided personalities, sometimes being changed into new people to fit a certain aspect of the plot. But this didn’t end up negatively impacting the book too much!
The Plot: I really liked the idea behind everything, and the different culture used to bring that idea across. In addition, the twist of there being a whole other world and country beneath the mountain was pretty cool, as well as the true reason for the villages! The plot worked pretty well in the short amount of pages it was written in, and I was pleased with the ending! It wasn’t an automatic happy ending, and felt realistic, with the village beginning to trade for food again, and learning to adapt to this new world around them.
The World Building: This is the part where I felt the most improvement could be made. We were introduced and given a taste of both the village society (which was somewhat explained), and also the larger city and country down below, but I felt it should’ve been way more developed. I was super curious about life down the mountain as well, but the characters just seemed to head down and then back up, with little care of learning about the world below them.
The Favorite Character: Li Wei