Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Archived (The Archived #1) by Victoria Schwab

Book Summery (Via Goodreads): 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.

Book Review:
I first fell in love with Victoria Schwab when I read The Near Witch. Schwab has a wonderful writing style that subtly builds until you're gobbling up the pages as fast as you can read them. The Archived was no exception. This fast paced, character driven novel kept me up, devouring every word until I reached the end. I wished I had slowed down a bit and savored the story a bit more. On the up side, after completing this novel, I was REALLY EXCITED to discover that this is the first book in the series!!! I mean giddy happy excited. Ahem. My favorite characters are easily the protagonist Mackenzie and her counterpart Wesley (swoon!). Mackenzie makes for a great main character because she a flawed, easy-to-relate-to character. She makes mistakes for all the right reasons. She's kick-ass, but down-to-earth at the same time. I relished her flashbacks between Da and herself (not to be confused with her Dad). I loved the alternating story-lines. Very clever on Schwab's part. I am dying to know more about Wesley! I hope that the next book in the series focuses on him a bit more...I feel as if there's a story there begging to coming forth. My complaint about this novel is the relationship between Mackenzie and her parents. It was very disjointed, for good reason, but I would have liked to see more growth in that area. As far as world building goes, Schwab blew me away with the Outer, Narrows, and Archive (which totally exists in my mind now). I'd love to explore the Narrows and the Archives more (though we do get to see a fair amount of them). There is so much more I would like to say, but I don't want to ruin the story. I highly, highly recommend The Archived and cannot wait for book 2!!!

Favorite Quote:
"'Chop chop, Mackenzie.' Mom calls through the door. 'You know what they say -'

'I'm pretty sure no one says it but you -'  

'Up with the sun and just as bright'."

Cover Art Commentary:
I just LOVE this cover! It caught my eye immediately! The key is prominent in the cover, as it is in the story. I love the background which is subtle, but reminds me of the "archives." ;)



  1. Great review.

    And I totalllly say chop chop.
    I love old fashioned expressions.

  2. Oh I have this book to read. I hope I like it as much as you :)

    1. Schwab is fast becoming one of my go-to authors! :)

  3. I'm so excited that you like this one! Creepy libraries are a fabulous setting, and I'm always looking for books that leave me super happy when I finish reading them.

    1. The setting is just fabulous! It's one of my favorite components of this book!