Review: The Archived

◆ The Archived by Victoria Schwab
◆ Read August 2013
◆ English Edition
❝ 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. ❞
One of the main reasons why I enjoyed The Archived so much is because it is a real gem among stones in terms of originality, without being a rip-off of other novels in the same genre. The plot and worldbuilding presented itself to me as something completely new and exciting, unlike anything I had read before. I have to admit that it is complex and the concept is hard to understand at first, which is the reason why I gave the book four stars instead of five. It took me a while to figure out what various terms meant.

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