Soundless

Author Mead, Richelle
Language Spanish
Publisher
Buenos Aires Argentina: DNX Del Nuevo Extremo, 2016




Annotation:

"A fantasy adventure steeped in Chinese folklore about a teenage girl named Fei. When her village is suddenly in danger, Fei finds herself on a journey from the peak of her jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever"--



Subjects :

  • JUVENILE FICTION / General
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
  • Fantasy Fiction
  • Fantasy

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Best Books :

  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2017 , Living Overseas: Stranger in a Strange Land

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • Cybils Awards , Young Adult (Speculative Fiction) , 2016

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Grand Canyon Reader Award; Teen 2019-2020

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Reading Measurement Programs:


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Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.
870L

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Reading Level 5.6
Interest Level High School
Title Point Value 18

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Reviews :

April Spisak (Bulletin)
Folkloric elements, a romance, and some Chinese cultural references combine in this story of a village oppressed beyond endurance. The quest for profits in the city below keeps most villagers laboring in mines, gathering metals that, when sent via a ropeline down a treacherous mountain, will mean food comes back up to them. Its a pretty terrible life, especially since exposure to the metals has rendered the workers deaf for generations and now many are also going blind. When Fei, a quiet, thoughtful artist, discovers she can suddenly hear, she and her handsome beloved, Li Wei, decide to risk the terrible climb down to seek help for their people. Nothing down the mountain is as they believed, though, and the odds are slim that theyll survive long enough to get back home, let alone save anyone. The spellbinding passages where an awestruck Fei painstakingly describes what it is like to hear for the first time are some of the best moments in the novel, and theyll likely linger with readers. The miracle save by magical creatures is less effective, though, and it undercuts the power of the human protagonists. In addition, the book seems decorated with rather than embedded in Chinese mythology or culturewith different names, this book would work just as well in a number of other settings. Even with those concerns, the urgency of a mission to literally save everyone Fei loves, and one undertaken with her sweetheart, makes for a gripping read; additionally many readers will appreciate that the story is fully told in one volume, ending with a rich conclusion that wraps up all loose ends neatly
(PUBLISHER:Razorbill, 2015)

Midwest Book Review (CBW)
Soundless tells of a village of deaf people where young Fei lives: a village isolated by mountains and avalanches whose only connection to the outside world is a zipline. The villagers have adjusted to their harsh conditions and limitations; but when they all begin to lose their sight, their zipline's connection to food and the outside world begins to fail. It's up to Fei to explore further and save the day when she begins to hear and also learns what is really happening in her home. A powerful journey evolves in a unique story that is riveting and impossible to predict.
(PUBLISHER: Razorbill (New York:), PUBLISHED: [2015])

Lucy Schall (VOYA)
The privileged artist Fei, like all the citizens in her isolated village, is deaf. Now, Fei sees her sister and fellow artist, Zhang Jing, losing sight. Blindness will sentence Zhang Jing to working in the mines and ultimately begging for food. One night, Fei s hearing is mysteriously restored. Her confusion and fear make her open to the grief of miner Li Wei, her forbidden love, whose blind father dies in the mines. He challenges her to descend the treacherous mountainside with him and confront the line keeper who controls the village s food supply in exchange for the village s gold and silver. Their journey uncovers an opulent world fed by a ruthless dictatorship. Facing death from both the villagers and government troops, Fei returns to save her starving and exploited village. Fei s hearing becomes her weapon and reveals her connection to mythological creatures who can restore or destroy the village. Mead combines adventure, suspense, and romance in this fast moving cliff hanger mythological fantasy. Fei, the narrator, usually speaks in a formal, controlled voice, but sometimes sounds like an American teenager as she confronts the conflicts between her heart and tradition. Even though the combination of standard and italic print, mythological references, and Asian names may challenge some readers, the story s appeal will draw a wide range of readers and hopefully will lead to sequels centered on this daring heroine driven by love and duty. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2015, Razorbill/Penguin, 272p., $19.99. Ages 12 to 18.
(PUBLISHER: Razorbill an imprint of Penguin Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: [2015])

Kirkus (Kirkus)
Bestselling teen author Mead weaves Chinese folklore, themes of family, courage, and loyalty, plus her signature romance into her first stand-alone fantasy novel. At the top of a jagged mountain, an isolated mining village exists in silence. Fei, like her fellow villagers, cannot hear or speak. For generations, they've been cut off from the rest of the world and rely on a zip line that carries food up from the valley below. In exchange, they send down precious metals. As artists who record daily events pictorially, Fei and her sister, Zhang Jing, live a more comfortable life than most. However, with many villagers losing their sight, Zhang Jing included, and dwindling food supplies, something must be done. One day, Fei wakes up with her hearing miraculously restored, the perfect "weapon" to save her village. Fei teams up with her childhood sweetheart, Li Wei, and they descend the mountain together. After several harrowing adventures and near misses, Fei and Li Wei discover the horrific truth behind their circumstances. Can they rally their people together against the oppressive regime and conquer forbidden love too? While Mead may be commended for attempting to create a world based on a non-Western culture, her use of Chinese mythology and culture is superficial at best. She could have renamed her characters and plonked them down in medieval England with no real narrative impact. Readers hoping for non-Western fantasy alternatives need to look elsewhere. 2015, Razorbill/Penguin, 272 pp., $19.99. Category: Fantasy. Ages 14 up. © 2015 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Razorbill an imprint of Penguin Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: [2015])

Stacey Comfort (Booklist)
Life is dire in Fei s village in ancient China: everyone is deaf and has been for centuries, but now some people are going blind as well, and widespread hunger is becoming a deadly issue. An artist by trade, Fei feels powerless to do anything but hope the blindness isn t coming for all of the villagers. When she awakens one morning with the miraculous ability to hear, she knows her fate will be far different than she ever expected. With the aid of childhood friend and crush Li Wei, Fei travels down the treacherous mountain to save her people and her village. It will take courage, not only to break free from her life as an observer but to act where no one else will, and when she returns, will she be welcomed as a hero or shunned as an outcast? Mead s original world building really shines here, as it did in her Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series. Fans of characters like Rose Hathaway and Sydney Sage will flock to this impressive stand-alone novel. Grades 7-10
(PUBLISHER: Razorbill (New York:), PUBLISHED: [2015])

Lisa Taylor (AudioFile)
In her isolated mountaintop village, Fei belongs to the elite class of artists who paint the daily news for the community of deaf inhabitants. Miners procure metals sent down by zip line in return for the village's rations. Kim Mai Guest's Asian accent fits this world, inspired by Chinese myth. She speaks delicately and deferentially, as Fei is both thoughtful and conformist. Her acquiescent voice gathers strength, however, when Fei's sister and others begin losing their sight. A significant event spurs Fei to question tradition and the village's dependence on the zip line. Guest creates authentic male characters, too, particularly artistic master Elder Chen and Fei's forbidden love interest, miner Lee Wei. There's an irony in an audiobook about the deaf. Guest delivers this story of adventure, love, and myth with respect and wonder. L.T. AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library Seven CDs $45.00., PUBLISHED: 2015)

Jennifer Vogt (SoundCommentary)
Richellle Mead's novel has an Asian feel to it. With the discipline of the people and the honor code that the characters follow, I envision this story taking place on beautiful Mount Cangyan, China. Shelter built atop mountain peaks. Soundless is set in a mountain village full of deaf people that are bonded by the place each person has in the society. Each person has a role that fits them into the fabric of a working, mining community. Kim Mai Guest reads the story as Fei, a young artistic apprentice from this small mining town at the top of a mountain that is impossible to climb down for fear of avalanche. Fei is deaf and so the reader is aware that she really has no voice. She is speaking with her hands. The voice that Guest gives Fei is calm, soothing and caring. When she feels other emotions such as fright and anxiety, Guest increases tension and volume. She rapidly increases the fluidity of words when danger approaches. All the while, the listener is acutely aware the Fei is a gentle creature who is in touch with nature, beauty, and love. Fei and Lei Wei are two young friends who have had enough of the way things are. They are tired of the little amounts of food that come up the mountain. They are not satisfied with accepting things as is. They are tired of feeling trapped. They must have answers. They will brave the mountain and climb down to find answers. They can climb when no one else has dared because, mysteriously, Fei begins to hear. The village s history scrolls tell of a time when all the people had their hearing. The history scrolls describe how sound slowly slipped away. Fei will help Lei Wei listen for falling rocks and they will get the answers to help their village. I enjoyed this story and listened to it in two afternoons. Weaved through this story are the details that hearing people might pass over. The author uses rich language to describe the world of sound. As a newly hearing person, Fei is amazed at how the differences in a single exhale can convey such detailed emotions. Words that we might use to describe sound are questioned. Is this a crash or a bang? What is the difference? My job is to analyze how a story sounds in an audiobook. I immediately connected to the focus on sound and did not want to imagine myself . Soundless. Fantastic writing Richelle Mead. Wonderfully read Kim Mai Guest.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library 7 CDs. 8 hrs. n/a., PUBLISHED: 2015)

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Series :

Thorndike Press large print the Literacy Bridge-

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Buenos Aires Argentina: DNX Del Nuevo Extremo, 2016

Media Type: Language Material
271 pages ;
PZ73 ([Fic])
9876096427
9789876096423
1595147632
9781595147639
9781410488176
1410488179
Razorbill, 2015,

Media Type:

9781410488176
1595147632
9876096427
1595147640
9781595147646
1410488179
9781595147639
1101925442
9781101925447
9789876096423
1101925469
9781101925461

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