Review: The Archived by Victoria Schwab



Title: The Archived
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Publication Date: January 22nd 2013
Series or Standalone: The Archived #1
Format: Hardcover, 328 pages


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 she 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 rumble 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.


I’ll say it again.

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Awesome right? I was overwhelmed by the whole concept of the story. It’s unique. And every time I thumb through the pages the events are getting more and more intense and thrilling. That didn’t stop me from gripping the book.

The story led by a girl named Mackenzie Bishop. The character featured a strong woman. A very cool character that never annoyed me by being too girly. And also the chemistry between Mac and Wesley was good. I mean, it was not that overemphasized which was very okay for me.

And as you go on and on with the strory and as the secrets were unveiled. They were shocking, because you didn’t even consider those to happen. So there was a lot of guessing.

If you like a ya paranormal  book with new concepts and less romance. This book suits you.




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