Release Date: January 22nd, 2014
Series: The Archived #1
Genres: Fantasy, Friendship, Horror & Ghost Stories, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Paranormal, Young Adult
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 had never planned on reading THE ARCHIVED, and yet here I am now, reviewing it. Positive reviews and hype surrounded this one, which always lures me in even though I say it does the opposite. As soon as I finished this one, I picked up THE UNBOUND immediately, and if that isn’t a testament to how much I liked the book, I don’t know what is.
“Because the only way to truly record a person is not in words,
not in still frames, but in bone and skin and memory.”
THE ARCHIVED is a dish that has something for everyone. In fact, let’s break it down and look at the ingredients that make this so amazing.
A Recipe for
Blueberry Pie The Archived:
- Crust: A tantalizing mystery surrounding a completely unique concept
- Sugar: Familial relationships and friendship (3/4 cup)
- Blueberries: Gorgeous writing (4 cups)
- Butter: Grief (1 Tablespoon)
- Salt: Romance (Just a dash)
Mix them all together haphazardly because as long as you have these ingredients, you are bound to bake magnificence. Bake at Fahrenheit 451. (Ah, literature humor) Anyway, the finished product should look something like this:
Do not be alarmed if your pie turns black, it is s a side effect of the grief/pains/feels you will experience while reading and reflects the condition of your soul.
On a more serious note, this book is a definite must read if you find yourself getting dragged down by all the tropes and cliches of YA because THE ARCHIVED is a really creative story. There is a lot of information thrown at you at once, but if you roll with it you will catch on easily. My best advice to you is to just give it a shot!