by: Victoria Schwab
There is a place, hidden in cracks and crevices where the dead rest on shelves like books. Their stories available to those who can read them. Librarians watch over the stacks of Histories. The Keepers return the occasionally History that just won't rest. Mackenzie is a Keeper, like her grandfather before her. The job of Keeper has always been dangerous, but when the number of restless histories increases and pieces of the Archived are erased all together, Mackenzie has to figure out what's going on, or risk the crumbling of the entire Archive.
As with almost all novels dealing with the difficult subject of death, The Archived is sad. Mackenzie and her family are dealing with the loss of her little brother. It's the kind of loss that really makes you ache. There isn't any replacing someone that you loved so much, especially when they are taken too soon. And that ache definitely pulses through the pages. So, when Mackenzie spends time sitting by her brother's spot on the shelf, you can't help but wish you were there with her.
I'm always skeptical about novels relating to the afterlife. I haven't found many that have really connected with me. The world shown in The Archived is imaginative, descriptive, and haunting. Because when we die, what are we really besides the memory and history that we leave behind?
There is plenty of action, mystery and just a little pinch of romance. The Archived, even with its sad moments is wonderfully hopeful. Even though the sting of death is real for those who are left behind, the memories of them are still with us. And time lessens the hurt and with time, the bitterness fades and the taste that is left is sweet.