Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Archived (The Archived #1) SNEAK PREVIEW by Victoria Schwab

The Archived (The Archived, #1)

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 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.

I LOVED Victoria Schwab's The Near Witch, so when I found out about The Archived, I was definitely interested. And then, lo and behold, a sneak preview showed up as a read now on Netgalley. Needless to say, I grabbed it in an instant.

And it definitely showed a lot of promise. At first, I was a little confused as the world of the book was being set up. Then, things got interesting. When I got to the end of the sample, I wanted to scream. Now, I have to wait until it comes out to find out what happens. Great.

Anyway, the writing is in that same lyrical script as  The Near Witch that makes you feel like your reading a work of art. After reading the first 100 pages, I would love to get my hands on this book.

We'll see how it turns out...

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