6.24.2013

Book Review: The Archived by Victoria Schwab




Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): 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 a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping the 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.

My Review: The Archived has been my favorite book this year so far. It has a GORGEOUS cover, it's beautifully written and brilliantly thought out, and everything about it pulled me in right away. 

So here's what I loved:
-The main character. She was really super relateable, real despite the unreal circumstances, she was awesome without being too perfect. 
-The sad parts (mostly backstory) didn't necessarily make the book sad, but they made the story more real. They made it beautiful and sad and real.
-No love-triangle! That's always SO refreshing.
-There were real emotions and problems and struggles along with the more supernatural issues and problems.
-The beautiful descriptions!
-Also, the Doctor Who references!!! (That's the main reason why I haven't blogged in forever. I recently discovered Doctor Who :))

There wasn't anything that I disliked about this book. I cannot wait for book two!




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