Book: The Archived
Author: Victoria Schwab
Recommend: Yes! Finally something new and completely different in the land of YA sameness…
Okay, I read the synopsis on this one, excitedly threw it into my library bag and it stayed there for months on end. This week I finally pulled it back out again, since I was running out of renewals and decided to finally read it, recalling how excited I had been about the unique plot line that it boasted. I was not disappointed.
This one was based on the idea of after images stored of people who have died in a huge library that houses echoes of people instead of books. However, these echoes don’t always want to stay where they are put and then Keepers are called in to return them to the Archive. At sixteen, Mackenzie is a keeper who moves into an old building where strange things begin to happen. Suddenly there are more and more trying to escape the archives and Mackenzie is stuck right in the middle, trying to figure it all out before it is too late.
I loved the creativity and originality of this story and the world it is based out of. The whole book is a great balance of action and character development. It actually takes it’s time to unfold in a more relaxed pacing which is essential to it’s storyline. This is one that I can’t wait to see continued and have added to my list of books that I will eagerly anticipating the sequel to.