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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Series: Archived
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423157311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423157311
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Mackenzie was just 11 when her Da passed along the heavy responsibility of being a "Keeper": one in charge of returning Histories to the Archive. A History is a sort of ghost, but more like a copy of a dead person's life. Librarians keep every History on a shelf, in a complex and rigid order. But every once in a while one slips (becomes restless and crazed) and escapes the orderly Archive into the chaos of the Narrows-a lightless series of corridors filled with doors. A Keeper's role is to return the Histories to the Archive lest they escape into the real world. When her family moves to an old hotel turned apartment building called the Coronado after the tragic death of her beloved little brother, Mac's workload of wandering Histories begins increasing exponentially. Plus, she meets a strange-looking Goth guy named Wes who shocks her by confessing that he, too, is a Keeper, and she begins to bond with him. Soon the ordered quiet of the Archive is booming with the noise of escaped Histories, and there appears to be a saboteur. Mac uncovers a dark secret held in the walls of the Coronado. Something terrible happened there and great lengths have been taken to cover it up. Stranger still is Owen, whom Mac encounters in the Narrows, a History who is not on her list and somehow has not yet slipped. Schwab skillfully manages that rare accomplishment: a spine-tingling, supernatural, ghostly mystery that is fully believable. A writer to watch for sure-sequel please!-Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Sixteen-year-old Mackenzie Bishop is a Keeper; she works with the Archive, where Histories (the bodies of the dead) are filed away in a huge library. Periodically, a History will wake and try to get back to the Outer (our world) through the Narrows, a maze of hallways with doors that lead into both the Outer and the Archives’ Returns. Keepers are charged with preventing them from reaching our world and sending them back to their sleep. The Archives are ruled by Librarians, who maintain order by sending Keepers to dispatch escaped Histories. Mac is torn between Wesley, a fellow Keeper, and Owen, a mysterious History who seems to understand her better than anyone. The nonlinear exposition includes the unexpected death of Mac’s little brother, Ben, and her beloved grandfather championing her training as a Keeper. Schwab gently but determinedly examines the impact of grief on a family, as Mac and her parents struggle to accept the death of a child. It’s an intriguing view of the afterlife, and the thoughtful exploration of death and our reactions to it will draw readers and promote discussion. Grades 8-11, --Debbie Carton

More About the Author

Victoria is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say "tom-ah-toes", "like", and "y'all". She lives in Nashville, TN when she is not wandering in search of buried treasure, fairy tales, and good tea.

Customer Reviews

The characters are really well developed.
I like when plot twists are subtly foreshadowed, because it makes the payoff that much more satisfying.
The Housework Can Wait
Schwab is a great story teller and has truly created a wonderfully mysterious world with THE ARCHIVED.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Earley on January 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have read 19 books in January, and this is the first that is going on my Favorites shelf. And I have really enjoyed a lot of the books I've read this month.

This was SO good. A great strong main character, who is not without flaws. Interesting and unique premise that I thought was explained well, in just enough bits to keep me reading, but not in infodumps that were boring.

The secondary characters were also quite fascinating, and even though there is some love interest (and 2 boys), this was not a love triangle (thankfully). I was totally on board with how Mac was feeling about all of her relationships, and definitely have a new book crush in Wesley.

The mystery was well done and I did NOT see the solution coming at all. In retrospect, there was one moment when I wondered...but I shook it off. Silly me.

I'm trying to think if I have any quibbles to share, and I can't think of any. At all.

I'd also like to say thank you to the author for making this a complete story without a big honking cliffhanger at the end. Is the door open for further stories? Absolutely. There was a lot left unresolved in terms of relationships, and maybe even the aftermath of what resulted from the mystery itself, but I am not left hanging -- I'm getting tired of that. It does appear that this is first in a series, and I will definitely read whatever comes next.
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This book. THIS. BOOK. This book is why I love reading. This book is why I read so many other books: because I am always searching for books like THIS BOOK. Oh. Em. Gee. I just can’t. . .

Ok. So, The Archived is basically my perfect book. Its concept is both amazing and heartbreaking. The writing is flawless. The world building is mind-blowing. The characters are just. . . wow. There was action. There was paranormal stuff. There was even a love triangle. Kind of. Not really. Which is good, because I don’t really like those anyway.

I don’t even know where to start. I want to tell you everything about this book and at the same time I want to tell you nothing at all, because you just need to read it and experience it for yourself. This is hard. I’m going to make a list.


1. The writing was so good. So. Good. Ms. Schwab’s writing is fabulous. Her descriptions were rich and allowed me to have a crystal clear picture of everything. Everything. And I was so engaged in the plot that I actually didn’t see some of the plot twists coming. Seriously. I was so engrossed in the here and now, that I didn’t even stop to consider ten pages from now. It was brilliant.

2. The world building was amazing. The Archive. The Narrows. The Outer. The Coronado. Each place is practically a character in its own right. The different levels of the Archive: the Keepers, the Crew, and the Librarians, were well thought out and explained in such a way that it was almost like they were real. Like the Archive was something that actually existed. I almost believed it.

3. Mackenzie. Mac. M. I loved this girl. She’s tough, yet vulnerable. She’s totally relatable. She’s totally kick-ass.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 21, 2014
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Extremely well written. Suspenseful. Great story line. Great characterisation. Left me wanting 2nd edition immediately. You won't be sorry you chose this one!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Erica on January 29, 2014
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Mystery. Hot Boys. Intrigue. All wrapped up in a cool setting. What more do you need? The Archived was a stunning sophomore novel from Victoria Schwab. Eerie and intense, The Archived is one of the best books of the year.

By page 3 I was already drawn into the expert world Victoria Schwab has crafted. It was interesting beyond belief and one of those that really makes you stop and think. The tagline for the book, “Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.” provides the foundation for the world and as soon as you begin reading, you are completely submerged. Two parts mystery paired with quite a bit of paranormal, and some action on the side sums up the brilliant world of The Archived.

The Archived is such an intricately woven story that just glows with the excellence of the prose on the page. The images Victoria Schwab writes are absolutely chilling; they are images that haunt you and will not leave you alone. I loved the format Victoria Schwab chose. Memories that are relevant to the story are placed alongside the chapters, showing more of Mackenzie’s past and how she has become the Keeper she is today.

The stakes are high! And they only keep getting higher. By The Archived’s end, it was a fast paced scene where one thing after the other simply flew by. Which all wrapped up to the absolutely beautiful ending Victoria Schwab reads readers with. I am very antsy to see where Victoria Schwab will take readers next, as The Archived was so bewitching and intense. I loved that The Archived is by no means predictable. Every turn came as a complete surprise to me.

The characters were wonderful. Mackenzie is such a complex character. She is juggling so much and really has been doing so since such a young age. Roland was a mystery.
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