Saturday 15 June 2019

Book Review: The Archived (The Archived #1) by Victoria Schwab (YA/Fantasy)

Title: The Archived (The Archived #1)
Author: Victoria Schwab

Publication Date: 2014 (2013)
Borrowed from Library


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.

I actually read a sample from The Archived years back on NetGalley, but I never got around to finishing the book until now. As with all Schwab's works, the premise and world building are excellent. I didn't feel such a personal affinity with these characters as I have with those in some of her other novels, but I still liked them, especially Wes and Owen. Roland is also great fun; he reminds me of Giles in Buffy. All up, the story held my interest from start to finish, and I was keen to see how things would work out. Today I will start The Unbound and I am excited to see how this story will end. 4.5 stars.

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