Fei is brave in her own way, because it takes a lot of courage to leave behind that what you're used to, what's familiar for you. But in a mining village on top of a mountain where everyone is deaf and people are starting to lose their sight as well, Fei suddenly regains her hearing. As much as this might be a curse, she also realises it could be their way out... And so Fei, together with her very hot friend / love interest Li Wei, decides to find a path down the mountain, to the town below that sends them food via a line, in exchange for the metal they mine. But what she finds there changes everything...
I was impressed by how Richelle Mead worked with the signing language and how they communicate and experience the world without hearing. I also really loved the main characters, Fei and Li Wei, and their relationship. The (un)easy feeling(s), the bantering, the way Li Wei has Fei's back, and how they both come to realise they've always been in love since the moment Li Wei saved Fei as a young girl.
But most of all, I enjoyed seeing Fei grow: from a silent, observing artist without hearing, to a girl who will stop at nothing to save her people and her village. That, to me, is real courage.
For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. 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 and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.
But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.