- Title: The Archived (The Archived, #1)
- Author: Victoria Schwab
- ISBN-13: 9781423157311
- Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
- Publication date: 1/22/2013
- Pages: 336
- Review Source: NetGalley ARC
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Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.
Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now that her little brother is gone too, Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.
In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard won redemption.
The Archived Sneak Peek was good, really good. I wasn’t sure at first. It’s told in first person perspective, not my favorite POV. Plus the story kept jumping between Mackenzie’s present and her past memories. The jumping from the past to present did help to fill in some gaps about Mackenzie, but when they first started in the book it took a minute for me to get adjusted. Once I got into it though…
The story really sucked me in. I wanted to find out more about Mackenzie and her “family business”. I thought the whole concept of people’s lives becoming Histories was interesting as well as the Archives that they are kept in. I also really liked the way that she ‘read’ people. The descriptions of people’s emotions, especially her mother’s, were thought provoking, to say the least.
The book itself is just a teaser *sad face*. I can’t wait until the whole novel is available. There were lots of plot points not addressed, not just about the Keepers, but about the Coronado and the mysterious happenings in the Narrows as well. Keep in mind, since it was only a teaser, the book did not go that deep into story and there are a lot of questions left unanswered, but overall I give it 5 out of 5 controllers and I’m eagerly waiting for the finished product.
5 out of 5 Controllers
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