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.
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.
I was scrolling through Goodreads to see what books called to me a few weeks ago and I came across The Archived by Victoria Schwab. The cover was enough to capture my attention but the synopsis closed the deal!
The Archived ended up surpassing all my expectations! It's filled with heart break, sorrow, healing, love as well as a bit of horror (more spooky than scary) surrounding the interactions between the living and the dead.
The story is fast paced, plenty of action and the characters well rounded and believable. I found the concept of "the archives" absolutely intriguing and the story had some twist and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat.
All in all ~ a fantastic read! I can't wait to read Unbound, the second book in this series.