Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

The Archived by Victoria Schwab.
Publisher: Disney Hyperion.
Pages: 336.
Release Date: January 22, 2013.
Source: Publisher.
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.

Oh my goodness. This book. The world! The terror! The action! The writing! The EVERYTHING! I said in my review for The Near Witch that Victoria Schwab writes so gorgeously that at times it felt like I was reading some kind of awesome classic and that holds true for The Archived.

First off, I have to applaud her for the world she created. Not only is it super eerie and fascinating, but she introduced it in small bits that kept me satisfied and not confused and always wanting more. And then I have to applaud for the characters because even though I thought Mac was sometimes foolishly spontaneous, she was extremely admirable and charming (especially when she had scenes with Wes) and I connected with her so easily. Wes was the comic relief of the book and I had a permanent smile on my face whenever he came around the story. And then thirdly, I have to applaud Victoria for that EPIC SLAP IN THE FACE CHARACTER/PLOT TWIST. I will not spoil it for you guys but I did not see it coming at all and any book that can shock me like that gets brownie points.

The action was 100% kick-ass. I might have caught myself fist pumping victoriously for Mac more than once. Luckily I read in private so nobody was there to witness my embarrassing reactions to this book.

Overall, I could talk about how wonderful The Archived was for hours. I could tell you about how dark and creepy it was or how the subtle romance was just the right amount and enough to make me sigh dreamily. I could tell you about how emotionally powerful the book managed to be despite all of fast-paced action. But I really think you should just take my word for it and pick it up for yourself!

Other reviews for The Archived:
The Book Life.
 And Anything Bookish.
Seeing Night.


  1. Adding this one to my List of Possibilities. Such a great review!

  2. Awesome review. I really want to read this. I haven't read anything by the author, so I can't compare it, but The Archived sounds so unique and amazing. I'm really glad you loved it and the romance wasn't too much and didn't overpower the rest of the story. And a nice plot twist? Yes please!


  3. This book is definitely one of the ones I'm looking forward to most this year (so it's good I don't have to wait too much longer!). Glad to hear you loved it :)

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