Published January 22nd 2013 by Hyperion
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.
I am always hesitant going into a book others have loved so dearly. What if I don’t like it? What if I can’t even get past the first few chapters? Will they de-friend me because I don’t like their favourite book? It could happen. Regardless you needn’t worry with this one fellow book lovers because The Archived by Victoria Schwab lives up to the hype!! Schwab has richly created a world that entwines so perfectly you can’t fault its existence.
Mackenzie Bishop is a Keeper. Keepers are in charge of capturing the histories that have escaped from the archive. What is this archive you dare ask? It is the place where all histories are kept ..dah. obviously. But what are histories you then ask? Now your questions are getting interesting.
Histories aren’t people. They are the memories of people that are collected into a silhouette that looks like you. But they aren’t you. The distinction is very important.
Anyway, Mackenzie and her family have recently moved into an old hotel after the passing of Ben, Mackenzie’s younger brother. It was meant to be a fresh start, but memories resurface and blood begins to spill. There is a danger arising that is unravelling the archive, threatening to divulge its existence to the outer. And man oh man, is it a hell of a ride!!
I really enjoyed this book. The whole world just fascinated me, and it was so incredibly well written that as a reader you just couldn’t seem to find the right time to put this book down. Keepers have awesome powers, like being able to touch an object and reverse time (sort of) to see who last came in contact with it. SO. COOL. And lets not forget their awesome fighting skills!!
But the reason I wasn’t able to give this book five stars was because of Mac. She did begin to irritate me towards the end, why? Well she didn’t tell anyone what was happening and how she feared something wasn’t right with the archive. Her reasoning was selfish yes, which does make your heart go out to her a bit given what not telling anyone will hopefully achieve but seriously girl, you probably need to be suspended from your job for a while to get your priorities back in order. Or at least have a refresher course on Keepers 101.
Have you read this one? What did you think?