Review »The Archived by Victoria Schwab

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The Archived
By Victoria Schwab
Release Date: 1/22/13
Published by Hyperion
Genre(s): Paranormal, Adventure, Mystery
Format: Paperback
Page: 328
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MY RATING: 5 Stars

Goodreads Description
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures 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 that 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 may crumble and fall.


 

Well let’s just say Victoria is a queen of words. I’ll be honest with you, I never really bothered to read The Archived because I didn’t really understand what it was about. So if you, like me, don’t understand what the hell this book is about, prepare to understand *rubs palms together*. People die. Right? In The Archived when the dead die they become Histories, which aren’t ghosts, but more like copies, or shells, memories of the dead, but not ghosts. These Histories make up the Archive, which you can imagine is a library of dead, which is basically what the synopsis is. Our main character, Mackenzie is a Keeper, someone who finds lost Histories, perhaps even vengeful ones and sends them into The Return. The Return is like that white light at the end of the tunnel, from there the Histories return to the Archive.
Hopefully that helped explain things some more. Anyways, The Archived is an amazing book. The beginning is very enticing, I’ve heard so many people say they felt slightly confused at the beginning, but for me, it was the very opposite. I KNEW The Archived would impress and wanted it to show me what it had. The unique plot and ideas Victoria incorporated into The Archived was mind blowing. I mean, who has created such a fantastic world where the dead kept like books?! Where there are special people meant to return the dead! The plot kept me going, there WASN’t a single part in the book that was even slightly boring.
The characters amazed. Mackenzie is such a strong curious but kind but still badass character. She isn’t perfect, and well, Victoria makes this perfectly obvious as she shows the pain and hurt Mackenzie feels regarding her late brother. I not only love Mackenzie, but Wesley is just such an amazing character. Wesley is not our stunningly hot main character, yes, he is definitely cute, but he is for sure unique. Wesley Ayers wears his eyeliner and he wears it well. Wesley’s character supports Mackenzie and he is always there for her when she needs it. Together, Mackenzie and Wesley literally made me laugh. The fangirl moments were real.
The Archived was drop dead amazing. READ IT. You won’t be disappointed!

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