The Archived (The Archived#1) by Victoria Schwab
Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult
Release Date: January 22, 2013
Pages: 328 (Hardcover)
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.
This isn’t a bad book. It truly isn’t, I really enjoyed reading about the Histories and the world they stay in. The problem is that The Archived didn’t really bring any emotions out of me. The funny parts didn’t make me laugh (couldn’t even crack a smile), the sad parts didn’t pull at my heart, nor did the story feel as intense as I wish it did. I just felt really… apathetic towards everything in this. And this, unfortunately was its downfall for me.
There are many things in the book that I found quite predictable and not in a fun way. One of those things being the love triangle/love interests. From the very page he entered the picture, I knew who and what he was without a doubt in my mind. Another thing that I disliked is the Archive itself because only Librarians are allowed to read Histories which shouldn’t be the case if it’s called The Archive. The ending is so disappointing, nothing feels exciting enough to get me ready to read the sequel except for Wes and his swoony-ness.
Wes is the best character in this book, flat-out! Not only is he absolutely loveable but he’s also always full of new tricks and helps Mac forget about all of her problems. Um, can I have a Wes of my own, please? There’s a lot of action going on in The Archived Mac is forced to fight Histories and send them back. While I was expecting her to fight one or two Histories with precise details, I was overly excited when Victoria Schwab told me about five Histories going wild. And the writing is so beautiful and smooth it’s like butter. I could read Schwab’s novels for the writing and boys alone because they are that well done.
The Archived has an okay world building and an okay love interest but it also has a kick ass heroine and some great Histories that have the tendency to go insane. So I have to recommend this to zombie lovers because that’s what I see the Histories as. And anyone looking for a swoon worthy character as well as beautiful writing. I have no hesitation believing that the second novel in this series, Unbound (I think?) is going to surpass this one.
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