Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is 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 useful tool for staying alive.
Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous-it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.
In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.
I mean, right?! I love this concept so much. SO MUCH, that I pre-ordered as soon as possible and then promptly forgot that I’d pre-ordered it. I ran to the bookstore this week when it released to buy my own copy.
For those of you keeping track at home, this means I have two copies now. Which means one of you is about to capitalize on my scattered brain.
So let’s talk about this giveaway. Since a person’s history plays such an important part in this book, I want you guys to tell me something funny/interesting about YOUR history in the comments. I’ll use random.org to pick a random comment for the winner. It’d be super great if you follow me on twitter (@meganwhitmer) and follow this blog….but I’m not gonna make it a requirement.
I’ll go first!
I was just reminded of this story tonight, so I’ll tell it. It’s an Embarrassing Megan Moment. A couple months ago, I went to Knoxville to hang out with Sarah Blair, Angi Black, and Megan Orsini (Um, this was AMAZING on all the levels).
So you guys know how I can’t hear very well? (If not, you haven’t watched my first vlog.) So this kind of thing I’m about to tell you happens a lot more often than I care to admit.
At the hotel, I’d just arrived and we’d all done the squealing and hugging and professed our undying love for each other. Someone knocks at the door, and I open it. There’s a super nice maid there, letting me know that they hadn’t cleaned our room because the Do Not Disturb sign was on the door. Very sweet. Then she says something else and before my brain processes it, I reply, “I’m Megan.”
She stared at me long enough for me to realize she had not been introducing herself. She was asking if we needed towels.
SHE SAID, “Do you need more towels?” AND I SAID, “I’m Megan.”
WHAT IN THE ACTUAL?
I don’t know guys. But I’ll never live that one down, as evidenced by the following….
Okey dokey. Leave a comment with quick story from your history, and make sure you leave your twitter handle or email or some way for me to contact you if you win!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
ALSO! I’m opening this up to international readers as well–however, if you win and the shipping is absolutely insane, I reserve the right to send you the e-book instead….just fyi (and if that happens I’ll pick a second (stateside) winner for the physical book.)
Update 1.29.13: Random.org chose #2 as the winner, and the second comment belongs to @boundiali! I’ll get in touch with you about sending you the book!
To everyone- this was such a fun giveaway. I loved reading your stories and getting to know you a little more in the process. We’ll do it again soon.