The dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead, called ‘Histories’, rest in 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 tool for staying alive.
Being a Keeper is dangerous and a constant reminder of those she lost, Da and her little brother. Mac wonders about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. Yet someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.
This book is so unique, and I love the way a library/archive is reimagined. Because I’m an Archivist! And I love books! So basically, I was meant to read these books.
The characters are all great, I love the evolution of Mac and her learning curve as she figures out how to cope with all that’s happened/is happening to her. I also love how the other characters aren’t what they seem, making a really diverse and mysterious cast of members.
The whole premise of this book, the shelved replicas of people, histories, Keepers, Crew, and Librarians. It’s so imaginative and I just love it to pieces. I did feel like the beginning of the book was a little slow, and it took me about the first 50 pages before I started to get into it, but once I was hooked I was a goner and knew this series would become one of my top rated.
Watching the way Mac’s grandfather had such a heavy influence in her life was so interesting and I loved watching how much or little she let people in, and how she used them. Owen, I guess the main “romantic” interest wasn’t really romantic at all, and so I was never that attached to them. She used him to block out all the things she was too scared to face, and he used her for his own reasons, so it was a mutually disinterested relationship. Watching Mac and Wes together was great, that’s when she really started to face some of her fears and slowly let someone into her life beyond the lies. They are instantly kindred spirits and seeing how close they become is so great.
Also, Roland, I love that guy! And for a little while I was kind of rooting for a romantic relationship between he and Mac, but by the end of the story it’s clear thats impossible and that she and Wes have something big neither are ready to face.
Bottom line, it was great, and I can’t wait to continue the series. Also, the writing is amazing, I can’t put my finger on it, but there is something unique about her visual aids and the flow of the language that creates such an emotional response.