16 January, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (1) - The Archived

Release date: January 22, 2013 from Hyperion
ISBN 10/13: 1423157311 | 9781423157311

Jacket copy:

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.

Why I'm waiting: 

I downloaded the sneak peek on Netgalley for The Archived, the first in a new series by the author of The Near Witch. I loved it! It was a little confusing at first: note that Da = grandpa and Mac's mentor and Dad is her father, who is not a Keeper and is not even aware of that world. I finally figured it out; hopefully it was just my inattention and not some continuity mistake that caused that confusion.

Mac is an angsty teenager which some readers may find instantly unappealing, but she isn't that way without reason. Two people she loves very much have passed on, and her mother has decided that part of the grief process involves pulling up stakes, moving to an old hotel, and starting a new business. Mac ends up focusing on "work", chasing down escaped Histories and putting them back where they belong; having some sort of access to the dead and gone both comforts and grieves her. I liked the fast pace and the exposition of the Archive's rules through flashbacks and encounters with various escapees.

Apart from the clever, suck-you-right-in worldbuilding and the creepy feel of the Narrows, I just really love Victoria Schwab's lyrical writing. It also doesn't hurt that one of the characters reminds me of David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor :)

I can't wait to get the copy I preordered so I can find out what happens!

I have to admit, it also made me a lot less GRR-ARRGH at Disney-Hyperion that they now allow free access to sneak peeks rather than just declining every blogger request. The sneak peek was very generous and long, so I was able to get a really good idea of whether or not I wanted to buy a copy of the book. Thanks, DH.

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  1. Great choice! I really enjoyed this one, so I hope you will too! :)

  2. wow did you install disqus? i kind of hate the interface as a user. however, it's probably better for replying to a specific person than blogger is. let me know what you think.

  3. Frankly it's better on Wordpress, but I like it a lot. It allows me to follow conversations on both Blogger and Wordpress in one place.

  4. Thanks! I'm so glad it comes out soon, I've already read the sneak peek twice, hahaha!

  5. also wanted to say that this does look really good. i love the cover. glad you liked the sneak peek.

  6. I'm very interested in this book-I really love the idea of bodies being able to be read like books. So good for us bookish people!