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. @goodreads
Well I thought the book was bloody awesome!
Fei and her sister Zhang Jing live on a mountaintop with many other people. Their village has been here for some time and they have no means of getting down the mountain because they can't hear. Yep, no one can hear, so if they try to go down the mountain, they will most likely be killed by falling boulders they can't hear falling.
The village gets their food sent up on a zip line from the town below. They are told the zip line can't hold a human being. They are told a lot of things.
There are different groups in the village. You have the artists that draw and write about their village. There are the servants that bring the food etc, there are the miners that have to go down and get the metals to send to the town below in order to get their food.
But now not only is everyone deaf, some are starting to go blind. Fei's sister is one that is going blind. And . . . Fei can suddenly hear one day. She is startled for sure and only tells her friend Li Wei. They have been friends all of their lives until they were separated when their stations changed. You can only mingle with certain groups which sucks because they liked each other more than that at one time. Maybe they still do . . .
After a tragedy happens, Li Wei decides he's going to sneak out one night and go down the mountain. He gets all of the tools needed for this. Fei demands to come with him, this is when she tells him she can hear and will be able to help him.
I will say they do make it to the bottom and it's a bunch of crap they find out about. Pretty much evilness and greed. They also find out what has been making their people deaf and blind. They make it back to their people and find some other stuff out that makes me want to smack some people, but they also find out something magical. I loved the magical part. I loved the whole book.
If your looking for a big adventure book this is not for you. This is just a tale of people trying to keep themselves alive with some myths and magic involved. I truly enjoyed it. You either love it or hate and I don't care because I loved it =)
Those glittering beings circle lower and lower, and I feel tears prick my eyes as I see the same wondrous forms from Elder Chen's scroll: the regal bearing, dragon-like head, lion's mane, and full-feathered wings. Dream has become reality. Myth has been made flesh.
The pixius are here.
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