Series: The Archived #1
Publication date: Jan. 22nd 2013
With the exception of a couple of little issues I had with this, it was excellent! Oh, Schwab, why haven’t I read any of your books until now?
Upon reading, I experienced some brief moments of confusion, at the beginning, with the explanations of The Archives, The Narrows and , especially, Histories. Once you get the hang of the terminology, this is an engrossing read! The premise is interesting, complex and the execution doesn’t disappoint.
The writing’s polished and, for an uncorrected proof, I found few to none mistakes, which was a nice surprise. But, really, Schwab’s writing is beautiful, easy to follow, lyrical at times. There are a couple of well done very emotional, evocative paragraphs.
The author seamlessly blends present narrative – first person from Mac’s POV – with past events/background info (they do not read/feel/seem like info-dumps!), combining Mackenzie’s narrative voice with flashbacks of her time with Da, her grandfather. When done badly, this way of storytelling takes away from my enjoyment and makes the plot move at a sluggish pace. However, Schwab does it right and it’s perfect. It gives all the necessary information and it really made me like Mac that much more.
At this point, the world-building could use a little more work, but it’s okay as it is, too. The way The Archives and The Narrows are described is both gorgeous, in the first case, and creepy/eerie. I could tell you specifics, but you’ll have to take my word for it. Plus, the blurb reveals enough.
The characters are fleshed out and really well done. Mac reads real. She’s hurting, but determined to do her job as best as she can. She’s inquisitive, smart and likeable. Wesley, the romantic interest to be (please, let it not be insta-love) is an easy-going, funny guy. Also, I did NOT expect the reveal about him, it came as a pleasant surprise, of course, at the end of this sneak peek.
So did the first intrigue that sets the plot and, dammit, if I didn’t want to read more!
This is definitely going on my TBR list and, in case I don’t get an ARC, I can’t wait for the publication date.
*I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. No money or favors were exchanged.