Quick Book Review: Soundless by Richelle Mead

Title: Soundless

Author: Richelle Mead

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Date Finished: 4/19/2020

Recommend for: Fantasy enthusiasts looking for a quick read

Short Review: At less than 300 pages this book was super short and not a huge time investment. As a fantasy novel I wish the world was a bit more fleshed out, but overall it was entertaining. I hadn’t read any books that focused on hearing loss before. It really made me think about how much I rely on sound during my daily life.

There could have been more research into Asian culture and myth. It felt very high level with the Pixius and I was hoping for more. They were only talked about for most of the book and made a quick appearance at the end. I wish there was more about their legend.

The lack of history around Fei’s community and how they came to rely on a pulley system for trade was underwhelming. The most enjoyable aspect of the book was reading about Fei’s art. I particularly liked her forging the ceramic piece 😉 #sneaky

Overall the novel felt a little rushed. If you are looking for a quick, high level fantasy adventure then I’d recommend this to you. If you are looking for an epic fantasy or something that delves into Asian folklore, then you can pass this one up.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Did this book make you think differently about hearing loss?
  2. What sounds would you miss most if your hearing was taken away?
  3. Do you think you’d be brave enough to climb down the mountain like Fei and Li Wei?
  4. What did you think of the Pixius?

My Rating Scale:

5 stars – Can’t stop, won’t stop thinking about this book

4 stars – Deeply enjoyed

3 stars – Meh, it was fine

2 stars – Didn’t give me anything to relate to or a world I wanted to be a part of

1 star – This is just the worst and NOT for me

“To Be Read” Tower Progress: 110 books remaining

Let me know what you thought about the book in the comments below and hangout with me on Goodreads 🙂

Till next time bookworms,

– Laura

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