Michelle’s Review: The Archived by Victoria Schwab


The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Published: January 22nd 2013 by Hyperion
Format/Source: Purchased Paperback
Series: The Archived #1
Genre: Young Adult paranormal
Pages: 328


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.



The beauty of being slow to read an amazing story is that you have the ability to go straight to your bookshelf and pick up the sequel.

The beauty of an amazing story is that it causes you to lose all track of time and makes you angry at any distraction.

As I was reading this book, I would be shocked that I was already at my bus stop. I would have to create purposeful breaks from reading it to avoid rushing through it too fast. It has all the qualities of one of my favorite books.

I did have a bit of an issue getting into the story for the first couple of chapters. It was difficult to understand the premise and the writing style required a bit of a shift. But once I got into the rhythm of the book, there was no stopping.

I am in particular love with the setting. I could really see the Coronado and would also love to visit it. Basically, this is a book where I’d love to just discuss it all day with someone. I would highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys paranormal thrillers.


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