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The Archived by Victoria Schwab

February 3rd, 2013 by Debbie's World of Books

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Source: Received for review

Publication date: January 22, 2013

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from 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.

This book was pretty darn amazing.  It kept me guessing who was the villain from start to finish.  I would have my guess and then change my mind, only to change it again and again until the ending was revealed.

The characters were all riveting and somehow I even fell in love with Wes despite his eyeliner.  I’m mean really?  He was referred to by Mac and her best friend as guyliner which initially put me off of him but his personality soon won me over.  My other favorite character was Roland.  I loved how into the fashion and gossip magazines he was and I can only imagine how it must be to be trapped in the archives for who knows how many years with little to no contact with every day life.

The story itself was fascinating and provides a unique look at what happens after death.  The world was intricate and I loved reading about all the different layers.  The main reason I did not rate this book higher was that the beginning was confusing and took some getting use to the style of writing.  But trust me once you get into it this was an amazing story.

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