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 she 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 absolutely LOVE this book! I loved the storyline (there were no boring parts), the characters and this book really made me feel! There are soo many quotes about life and death, lies and being good and even about ''the after life''. I was in a mood lately about life like why do we do things? How do we decide what we choose to do? What does it matter what we buy or what decisision we make about everything? Everything seems pointless anyways, right? We are all human and nobody cares what we decide, what path we want to take or what we do. So this book completely blew my mind and made me excited about life (again!). Even though this book is magical and unreal, it made me wish it was so that it could give me hope about everything. This was one of my favorite quotes, just because it stuck with me and it's true (I guess):
“What made you want to be a collector?” I understand clinging to one’s own past, but when it comes to the pasts of other people, I don’t get it. She gives a winded laugh as she reaches the landing. “Everything is valuable, in its own way. Everything is full of history.” If only she knew. “Sometimes you can feel it in them, all that life. I can always spot a fake.” She smiles, but then her face softens. “And…I suppose…it gives me purpose. A tether to other people in other times. As long as I have that, I’m not alone. And they’re not really gone.”
And that's just one of the sooo many meaningful quotes! I don't own The Unbound yet (and I have to order it so it will take a couple days to arrive) but I really want to continue this series! I'm very curious how Victoria Schwab continues this story. If you haven't read it: please do!
Have you read The Archived and what is your opinion about it?