Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Archived SNEAK PEEK

Victoria Schwab

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 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 might 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 (synopsis and cover image from Netgalley).

My Thoughts

What a tease this sneak peek turned out to be - which is the intention of course. Left me wanting to get the book so I could finish the story. I really like the storyline. I thought the whole setup was very creative - the "outer" where we all live, the "archived" where souls are stored on shelves once they have passed on, and finally, the “narrows” where a History who is on the loose will show up. As a Keeper, it is Mac’s job to return Histories to the Archive.
From what I’ve read so far, I would say Ms. Schwab has quite a winner with The Archived.

Thank you to Disney-Hyperion and Netgalley for allowing me to sneak a peek at this in exchange for an unbiased review.

Publish date for the book: January 22, 2013.

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