The Archived

The Archived

eBook - 2013
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The Archive, an otherworldly library, contains the bodies of everyone who has ever died. But when the Archive is compromised from within, sixteen-year-old Mackenzie Bishop must use her skills as a Keeper to identify the traitor and prevent violent Histories from escaping into our world. The first in a dark, dazzlingly inventive YA fantasy series from the author of The Near Witch.
Publisher: [United States] : Disney Book Group : Made available through hoopla, 2013
ISBN: 9781423179108
1423179102
Branch Call Number: Hoopla eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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IndyPL_SteveB Mar 10, 2019

Schwab is a talented writer who has taken an essentially dumb idea and made it so exciting that you don’t notice how silly it is until you think about it later.

Teenager Mackenzie Bishop knows the darkest secret of our world, that when a person dies, their memories and personalities are stored in “The Archive,” a mysterious library under the earth. These personal histories are stored in human-appearing bodies which look just like the person who lived them. These Histories can wake up and wander around sometimes, so there are people trained to be “Keepers” who catch the runaway Histories and return them to the Archive.

There is no explanation for WHY such a system should exist, or how it was created, or why the security system is so poor, or lots of other basic questions. The real reason seems to be that it gives Mackenzie a chance to show her talents and training as a Keeper. She inherited the position from her now dead grandfather and she’s pretty good at it. Some of these Histories are bad guys that might actually kill a careless Keeper. Mackenzie has the help of two handsome teenage boys – but are they both trying to help?

Schwab has a firm grip on the characters and the mood. She keeps the plot humming along with lots of action, misdirection, and philosophizing about life and death. I think this is likely to be very popular with teen readers who don’t ask very many questions.

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schmegu_at_hcplc
Dec 10, 2018

I genuinely love this book. I just happen to have started it when I started my Master's Degree, and I kept running out of time on my loan. It's been slow going for me, consequently, but I keep placing a hold on it, because that is how hooked I am on this story. I love the idea that there are people among us, with secret lives to help the dead. It is so creative and so interesting. I'm not more than halfway, so I will revamp this review when I'm done!

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sleepybookworm
Nov 24, 2015

I'd been told by my friends - and the internet - that I would love this book. And maybe the reason why I don't really like this book is because I hyped up The Archive to the highest levels before reading it.
After I finished The Archived, though, I felt majorly let down. I mean, here was this book that everyone seems to love and there I was, not really liking it.
Aside from me not really liking the book overall, the story *is* addicting. I couldn't stop reading The Archived. I really liked all the characters and was really heart broken by the beginning. Mac as a character in this first book, is pretty much static. She doesn't change too much; she still works hard.
The basic premise of The Archived is what I love most about this book. I mean, the fact that there is this secret society of people across the world who can do what they do?? That's pretty great.

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tocch101
Jun 26, 2014

A wonderful and addicting read. It is a great book with a great cast of characters. All the individuals are developed and have full stories. They jump out of the page, as does the book.

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ADWithrow
Dec 18, 2013

I really wanted to like this book. The premise was good and some parts of it were strong. But I couldn't really get into the characters or the plot even. The constant flashbacks began to grate on my nerves after a while and, generally, didn't do much for me to really move the plot forward or change the pace.

I thought the book could have focused more on the idea of the archive and the rules of that place then it did. So much of the book was focused on the main character whining about how her parents were behaving and bemoaning the reality of her life (for good reason, admittedly, but annoying nonetheless.)

Again, I really thought this was a strong premise, but the book didn't deliver. I had such high hopes, too.

0Charlie Nov 13, 2013

Being an avid fantasy fiction reader, I enjoyed reading about something other than dystopic societies and vampires. I found the world that was created to be unique and sufficiently fleshed out (if you can call it that when referring to dead people). I felt with the main character and was keen to figure out the mystery with her. Recommended.

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bookelf221
Apr 03, 2013

The Archived is one of those books that proves to be nothing like you expect it to be. Although it takes a little bit of time to get into the story, by the time you do, you're turning each page wondering what will happen next and hoping no one interrupts you. The Archived is one of those YA books that has a little bit of everything: a family struggling with the death of a loved one, a teenage girl trying to figure out how to balance all the aspects of her life, a little bit of romance and a whole lot of action and suspense. If you like any of those things, this is a definite read!

Indigo_Cobra_8 Mar 11, 2013

I agree with steph1068: I hadn't expected much, but the book proved to be an enjoyable read. Fresh and original plot, interesting characters, cute romance. I'm looking forward to the sequel, which is coming out next year.

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steph1068
Feb 21, 2013

Enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. Lots of action, interesting back story, kick-ass heroine, different premise. Definitely kept me interested. Not sure if this is the start of a series or not, but I'd read more.

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Chelsea016
Aug 14, 2016

That's because you're fighting it. You're trying to block out every bit of noise. But people are made of noise, Mac. The world is full of noise. And finding quiet isn't about pushing everything out. It's just about pulling yourself in. That's all.

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