Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Title: The Archived (The Archived #1)
Author: Victoria Schwab
321 pages, January 22nd 2013, Hyperion
Goodreads' synopsis: "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 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."

No words can explain how great this book is
But I will try nonetheless. First of all, let's talk about the concept, I mean storing "the dead on shelves like books", where does that idea come from? After I read that I was already interested in the book. At first it took a little from me to truly understand the whole world, after having read a bunch contemporary books I needed to get used to not reading about the 'normal' world. About 30 pages in, I already know that I'm going to love this book, and I did.
Mackenzie was a fun character, she had just enough sass and personality to be lovable. We didn't hear of her parents a whole lot, but then again, when do you ever hear about the parents a lot in young-adult books, right?
Wesley. Wesley deserves his own paragraph. He was just great from the second Mackenzie saw him in the hallway. I loved how happy he always seemed, and he was just the sweetest and most charming, and how I wish he was real ... I cannot wait to read more about beautiful Wes in the sequel, The Unbound
So I guess there were words about how I felt about the book, but I really couldn't begin to tell you just how great and amazing it is, so really, I think you should just go get it and read, like, right now!
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