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The Archived [Paperback]

Victoria Schwab
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  • Paperback: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books; Reprint edition (7 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142317108X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423171089
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A haunting YA thriller.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic new YA read, for all ages. 21 Jan 2013
By g
I was lucky enough to get a `sneak peek' eGalley of The Archived. I knew nothing of Schwabs writing before, and didn't know what to expect. I guessed it may be aimed at a younger age group than me, but i figured I'd give it a go.

I was really impressed, I was right, its probably aimed at 12-16's rather than the typical YA genre, but I don't think that stops the older reader picking it up and becoming engrossed. The story is simple, its written from the perspective of Mackenzie (a girl Mackenzie) who's a keeper. A keeper of histories. Histories are us when we die - a download of our memories (its explained much better in the book) and occasionally these Histories escape, and its the Keeper job to take them back. The reader (and Mackenzie) don't know what happens when they go back, but I'm presuming its something we learn later in the book - where do they go? How do they escape? Why do they escape? I'm sure there's a lot more than we see in the sneak peek.

The best part of the book is the way that Schwab writes about loss and death, she doesn't sugar coat it, she doesn't pretend its all flowers and fairies, she writes about it in a way that we can all relate to. Mackenzie talks (in narrative form) to her lost Da and some of the memories are heartbreaking, and tender. The reader can feel the relationship between the two, you can feel her loss, but its a different loss to that of her younger brother. HE was lost recently, and he's the one HIstory she can't see, her mum isn't dealing with it, her dads a shadow of his former self so its down to Mackenzie to sort it out for herself.

A fantastic, original take on ghosts, death and what lies beyond that bright light, a book to be proud of and one to be recommended to all (no matter what their age).

Thanks to NetGalley for supplying a 'sneak peek' egalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Well before I even start my review I would like to say that I just loved the cover art, and the title too! In Victoria Schwab’s The Archive the library isn’t just a place to store books, no it is so much more than this, it is a mysterious place where people’s dead loved ones are archived away like precious memories. More and more of them are waking up, and it is Mac’s job as a Keeper to make sure that they return to the Archive. As you can imagine this is no easy task, but Mac has been trained well by her grandfather Da who has every faith in her.

This is the second Victoria Schwab novel that I have read, my first being Vicious, so I had high hopes. Like I said, The Archive is a truly fascinating concept and I think Schawb really pulled it off well. I think every single person would do what they could to keep the memory of their loves ones who have passed away alive. Mac is just so relatable, and so human, of course she can’t bear the thought of her dead brother being locked away in a drawer. But is her brother really her brother anymore? Or is he something else entirely?

In the Archived we have a world in which the Histories, the Librarians, The Archive, The Returns, and the Outer exist alongside a family still coming to terms with the sudden death of Mac’s brother. We sense the personal and individual responses to grief in Mac’s relationship with her mother and her father. Along the way Mac meets Owen and Wesley, (super cute guy-liner guy), and these three characters drive the plot forward. Mac’s father seems to do his best to encourage Mac to spend time with Wesley. Not the way most fathers behave! I found this quite touching and cute.

To begin with I have to admit that I struggled with some of the details of the novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 25 July 2014
This story has such a fresh and unique idea spurring it on, that it's hard not to become fascinated with the world Victoria Schwab has created. From the labyrinth Narrows; desolate corridors lined with portals, where the dead escape; to the Archive, which hosts the Histories, shelving them like books. And then the Histories themselves; ghosts of what people once were, confused and endlessly dangerous.

It's a world brimming with detail and originality, that I found myself unduly fascinated with. Victoria Schwab did a fantastic job of describing this eerie other world and contrasting it with Mac's everyday life; her family VS the librarians, her home VS the archive. It was light and dark, good and evil, black and white and grey.

Mac was a fantastic leading character, perfectly able to coax escaped Histories back to the Archive, either through manipulation or general bad-assery. She was witty, intuitive and committed to making Da proud by doing the best she could as a Keeper.

The flashbacks depicting her relationship with Da were my favourite and really showed the tender and close bond they had. It was beautiful to read about and not only did it give us essential glimpses into Mac's training, but also glimpses into who she was and how she became who she is.

It's sad to follow Mac's story in a way, because death seems to surround her not only in her job, but in her personal life. Da died and then her younger brother did too. She feels alone, which is understandable, and throws herself into her Keeper duties, neglecting real life for the lives of the dead. I rooted for her throughout as she struggled to balance her identities and come to terms with the horrors of her past (and her present).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I loved this book, from the start to the very end. A great concept and very well written, it had me near tears several times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by 4my101
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible!
This was one of those few books I knew I’d love from the cover and blurb alone. Libraries? Dead people shelved like books? Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. L. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
I enjoyed reading this book very much. Is exciting, scary and interesting. The main character is very likeable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. Harffy
4.0 out of 5 stars The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Ok, so I'm going to put my hands up and say that when I first started reading this I really didn't think I was going to enjoy it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Samantha (The Secret Life of a Bookworm)
3.0 out of 5 stars Lukewarm
Many thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for my review copy, this is in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Published 12 months ago by J Juckes
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and interesting
A few quick points:

-The Archived is about a sort-of library where the dead rest.
-The lives of the dead can be "read" by librarians who work in the Archive... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Donna H.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Archived by Victoria Schwab
There's been so much hype surrounding this one! I had been dying to read it ever since it was released, because it felt like every single blogger was talking about it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amber
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
this book was amazing i would highly recommend it, it was adventurous thrilling and definitely some of it was a shock this was a great book i loved it
Published 19 months ago by olivia Clark
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