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"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies," said Jojen. "The man who never reads lives only one." - George R.R. Martin, A Dance With Dragons

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sneak Peak... The Archived by Victoria Schwab

A most unusual library...

We all have histories, that's what makes us human. But what if you were a Histories? Imagine a vast library, so beautiful and filled with... the bodies of the dead! In this new book, The Archived by Victoria Schwab, the library is just that... a repository for the dead and their histories- their lives preserved by the librarians that are chosen to oversee and guard the library...

Of course you have the occasional escape, where one of the undead wakes up and tries to make their way back home... that's where the Keepers come in. Their job is to find them and bring them back to their final resting place.

"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."

The idea of a library that houses our bodies and preserves our histories intrigued me, so I was eager to download the sample ebook from Disney Hyperion. What I didn't know was how much I was going to enjoy The Archived! I couldn't put it down! The writing is wonderful. It's vivid and honest, almost heartbreaking at times, and it simply resonated with me. Elements of the supernatural mixed in with a secret Dystopian type society, add up to a great story! Our protagonist, Mackenzie, is an awesome character with lots of spunk and heart, and I really felt empathy for her as she shared her feelings about everything and everyone around her, especially how she missed her younger brother Ben and her Da.  And it's nice to see another good female protagonist walking across the pages!

I was only able to read the first 108 pages, and now need MORE! And there will be more- this will be a series, with the next book being released in 2014. But for now, we'll all have to wait until Jan. 22nd to get our hands physically on this book- that's its release date.

I want to thank Hyperion for the opportunity to have a sneak peak and read the first part of this great new series!

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