Title: The Archived (The Archived #1)
Author: Victoria Schwab
Release Date/Publisher: January 7th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
(first published January 22nd 2013)
Finished: July 19th 2015
1. The Archived
2. The Unbound
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 hardwon redemption.
What I Thought:
This was the Book Club choice for July and I decided to buy a copy instead of going to the library because I already loved this author. And I’m glad I did! I’m planning on eventually getting the second book for my shelves.
I loved the description as soon as I read it. I was really anticipating this world where people categorize the dead and their memories in a kind of library. Everything was written well and I wasn’t left wondering what was going on. There were enough secrets and things revealed as it went on that kept me satisfied too. I’m still excited to see what the next book is like and I’m glad this one didn’t leave me hanging.
I really liked Mac and her duties as a Keeper were really cool. I don’t think I’d be tough enough to return the Histories back to where they belong and lie to everyone like she had to. She was meant for what she did, but it was never easy. She wished for moments where she was normal even though that would never happen and I felt for her. I liked that she seemed so real and had faults and wasn’t perfect, but that she always tried her best and wouldn’t give up. The flashbacks with Da also helped give depth to the story and the past and how she became a Keeper and I really liked those moments.
This was a really good book and I’m excited to get my hands on the next one! You should read this if you haven’t already, and of course other books by this author.