Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

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.
There are some books that when you finish them you just sit in silence and savor the experience you just had. The Archived by Victoria Schwab is one of those books. Because it is one of those books I'm having a very hard time writing a review for it. I finished this book a week ago and I'm still having a hard time wrapping my mind around it. The Archived is fascinating, just a little creepy, intriguing, heart breaking and has just the right amount of swoon. It also has a character that wears guyliner and a different character that wears red Converse. Those of you that know me well will understand why those two things endear this book to me even more.

I can't really do this book justice, I just need you to read it. Trust me on this one. I can already tell it is going to be one of my favorite books of 2013.

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