Monday, 3 March 2014

Review: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Book: The Archived

The Archived Book #1

Author: Victoria Schwab

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 328 Pages

Source: Purchased from Chapters

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Goodreads Summary
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.

This book has been hyped up to the moon and back, and when books have this much hype surrounding them, I'm usually hesitant to go forward and read them. But I was just so captivated by the sound of this one that I knew I had to pick it up.

This plot really stood out to me. I had never heard of or read anything quite along the sounds of this and It was so interesting. Instead of having a great idea and being let down by the bad world building and plot holes, Victoria created a vivid idea of the Archives and sets the rules even before the reader knows that she has.  The world is solid, and it makes it that much more fun to read about.

I loved Mackenzie so much, and I found myself siding with her on a lot of things. I really enjoyed reading from her perspective, and also being able to have a look into her past, and getting to see who her Grandpa was. It was really interesting. Another one of my favourite parts was the relationship and dynamic between Mackenzie and Wes. Their relationship was really believable and it was nice to see a slow build up to what I hope becomes a romantic relationship!

What I didn't like about the book was the beginning of it. Don't get me wrong, the story at the beginning was fascinating but it was a little slow. It took me a while to get past the first 80 or so pages but once I did it was smooth sailing from there.

The Archived is filled with wonderful characters and beautiful writing, tied together with an enchanting plot. I have fallen for this story and it has lived up to the hype! Overall, I really enjoyed the Archived and I can't wait to get my hands on book 2, The Unbound! 

4.5/ 5 Stars!


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