young adult • romance • fantasy
Perfection is an admirable thing to strive for. But so is knowing when to stop
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.
It has been a long time since I last read Richelle Mead’s work. I have only read Vampire Academy series so far and haven’t yet started reading Bloodlines series, so this book was something I fully anticipated this year with so high expectation. . . Well, it sure didn’t let me down!
The story was about a girl named Fei who lived in a village without any hearing abillites, so they all have to use signs to communicate. Exciting, right? Of course it is. Honestly, I’m telling the truth right now that I finished the book in one sitting on Christmas night. Well, you may think I am that geeky at this point, spending my Christmas night reading. Sorry guys, but that’s just how good this book was for me.
The plot was so amazing and original. I loved how the book was somehow told in a Chinese mythical legend vibe with all those Asian names and cultures. I read the book in total awe since it felt really original and I’ve never read any kind of this before.
The writing was told in a first person point of view. I loved how the conversation was written in an italic manner, since the villagers was communicating with signs instead of speaking. And yes, reading this book at night really helps me get into the story since I could also feel and imagine the silence being told in the book.
The main character, Fei, is realy likeable. She started of as the girl who loved to stay in her comfort zone but at the end grows into a more ambitious character that wants to save her sister and her village.
The only thing I found unsatisfying from the book was how short it was. I don’t know if this was because I finished it all in one sitting, but at certain times the story felt a little rushed. Like how the romance of the two main characters being thrown back again into the story, or how Li Wei changed from the ambitious strong guy into one who goes back to his village. It just didn’t feel smoothly flowed at the end of the story. But overall, I still think Mead has done a pretty great job making me sitting all night long with her incredible story.