Archivist Wasp (Archivist Wasp Saga, #1)

Nicole Kornher-Stace
Wasp's job is simple. Hunt ghosts. And every year she has to fight to remain Archivist. Desperate and alone, she strikes a bargain with the ghost of a supersoldier. She will go with him on his underworld hunt for the long-long ghost of his partner and in exchange she will find out more about his pre-apocalyptic world than any Archivist before her. And there is much to know. After all, Archivists are marked from birth to do the holy work of a goddess. They're chosen. They're special. Or so they've been told for four hundred years.Archivist Wasp fears she is not the chosen one, that she won't survive the trip to the underworld, that the brutal life she has escaped might be better than where she is going. There is only one way to find out.Praise for Archivist Wasp:"Archivist Wasp is a gorgeous and complex book, featuring a deadly girl who traverses an equally deadly landscape. Wasp won me over, and she's sure to find fans among teens and grown-ups alike."— Phoebe North, author of Starglass"A tremendously inventive and smart novel. Archivist Wasp is like Kafka by way of Holly Black and Shirley Jackson, but completely original. Highly recommended."— Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Southern Reach trilogy"A gorgeous, disturbing, compelling book with a smart, complicated heroine who bestrides her post-apocalyptic world like a bewildered force of nature. Reading it was a wild ride and a thoroughly satisfying one."— Delia Sherman, author of The Freedom Maze"Brutal post-apocalypse meets sci-fi techno-thriller meets a ghost story for the ages in this astonishingly original novel from Nicole Kornher-Stace. You've never read anything like Archivist Wasp, but once you have you'll be clamoring for more."— Mike Allen, author of Unseaming"One of the most revelatory and sublime books I've ever read, Archivist Wasp is a must-read for fans of post-apocalyptic fiction. Kornher-Stace is a genius, and I can't wait to see what she does next!"— Tiffany Trent, author of The UnnaturalistsPraise for Nicole Kornher-Stace:"In richly textured, atmospheric prose, Kornher-Stace delivers a spellbinding tale of deception, betrayal, and the darker possibilities of playacting."—Booklist"Mesmerizing from the first page and once you get into its flow, a page turner to boot."—Fantasy Book Critic"Absorbing, exciting, intellectually fascinating, emotionally true, and well-crafted, bobbles and all."—Ideomancer


Reviewed: 2017-01-29
Closer to 3.5 stars.

Archivist Wasp is the kind of weird that I normally don't like and that never fully explains all the references to a deeper world that it throws at you. But the self-contained story of the Archivist following a ghost who asks for her help finding another ghost gets more intriguing as it goes along, and is full of emotional twists and turns. Its weirdness slowly morphs into something wonderful and its metaphors are beautiful. The end I found a bit hard to swallow, though.

Also I totally only picked up this book because Wasp reminded me of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Archivist" sounds cool.

Overall: It's pretty good, but it's no Hunger Games.
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