The Archived by Victoria Schwab
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A delightful fantasy/paranormal, about our world with the addition of The Archives, a tremendous Library where not the deceased themselves, but their Histories, are shelved, and accessible by the Librarians. Keepers are those who live outside the Library (in our “real” world) and track down the dead who try to escape; Crews are pairs of Keepers. MacKenzie’s Bishop beloved grandfather (“Da”) was a Keeper, and trained her to be one, even though she was four years too young at the time of his imminent demise. When the Bishop family move into the Coronado, a former glamour hotel converted in the 1940’s to apartments (and then “disappearing” from notice), MacKenzie discovers how much history one building can hold-and she also learns that now she is not alone, despite the sudden loss of younger brother Ben a year earlier, and its deleterious effects on her parents.
I’m sure that YA and MG readers will delight in this book; I certainly did, and am way past those ages. I eagerly anticipate the next in the series. Author Victoria Schwab has a lyrical and poetic touch; she takes each reader gently by the hand and walks us through a world that ought to seem strange, but is yet familiar.
I received this review copy from the publisher, Disney/Hyperion, via NetGalley.com.
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