Review: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

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Title: The Archived
Series: The Archived #1
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: Jan 2013
Rating: 4/5
Synopsis from Goodreads 

The dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead, called ‘Histories’, rest in 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 tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper is dangerous and a constant reminder of those she lost, Da and her little brother. Mac wonders about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. Yet someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.



The Archived is a really interesting story about what would happen if there was a place where ‘the dead rest on shelves like books.’ Mackenzie Bishop, the main character, has a job in the Archive; a ‘Keeper’ so she returns lost ‘Histories’ to the Archive. However, out of her family, only her dad knew that she was a keeper, and he died four years ago. The Archived shows just how despairing losing someone can be, and how hard it is to keep secrets, and tell lies.
My favourite character is Wes, with his dark, mysterious personality and ‘guyliner!’ I also like Mackenzie, who has the responsibility that comes with working as a Keeper to deal with. My favourite part of the plot is when Mackenzie has to go round the whole Corando, delivering ‘Welcome!’ muffins, and when she first meets Wes. The first person POV from Mackenzie displayed all her secrets, and the plot was thoroughly enjoyable.
The author, Victoria Schwab describes feelings, looks and emotions beautifully, through first person narrative and lots of description.  She weaves an exciting plot packed with action, romance, and family disasters, I could really picture the settings in the book. In some parts of the book you can feel empathy towards Mackenzie, but in other places, such as her job, you can’t be empathetic as you have no idea what this would be like. Most parts make sense, but I keep getting confused about Mackenzie’s dad. The basis of the ending was simultaneously predictable, but unexpected in parts.
The Archived is unlike anything I have read before, and I really liked the whole book. I’d recommend this book to any young adult readers, who like; action, romance and fantasy books. I can’t wait to read the sequel, The Unbound, and I hope you enjoy The Archived just as much as I did! :)

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