Title: The Archived (The Archived #1)
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publication Date: 2014 (2013)
Source: Borrowed from Library
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
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
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.