The Archived (Archived Series #1)

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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 ...

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Overview

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 that 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 hardwon redemption.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this atmospheric thriller, the afterlife is like a library, where the Histories of the dead are stored as bodies in drawers and maintained by a network of Librarians. Sixteen-year-old Mackenzie is a Keeper, charged with tracking Histories who have awoken, returning them before they escape into the outer world. Her new territory is the Coronado, an old hotel turned apartment building, full of secrets and shadows. When something disrupts the Archive and the dead wake in ever-growing numbers, Mac teams up with the roguish Wesley to fix things, but she may not be up for the job, haunted by the death of her brother and distracted by the charms of the mysterious Owen. From the unusual premise to the dark, evocative narration, Schwab's (The Near Witch) novel skillfully blends fantasy and mystery, bringing the Coronado to life and making the setting as vital as the characters. While the setup is a little convoluted, there's a musty, yearning charm to this story. Ages 12-up. Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.
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Children's Literature - Sandy Eichelberger
The dead do not stay in the ground decaying and decomposing. Their body may, but they become Histories (kind of like a Soul) and are kept in drawers in the Archive monitored by Librarians. Mackenzie is sixteen and a Keeper, the youngest to be assigned the job four years earlier. As a Keeper she finds the dead and forces them to enter the Archives. She learned her skills from her grandfather, also a Keeper. He taught her how to lie with ease, since no one in her family knows of her "other" life. Her training also included defense and fighting skills, since not all the dead go quietly into the Archives. Keepers carry numerous battle wounds and scars from fighting with the obstinate dead. But things are not as they should be, and some Histories are on the loose and the normally tranquil Archive is suffering from outbreaks and errors. The characters in the book are well crafted and interesting; there is a romantic attraction involving two different boys, and a kindly librarian who helps Mackenzie. Her mother's penchant for adventure after Mackenzie's brother's sudden death is believable and the old hotel turned apartment building, adds character to the plot. The explanation of the Archives and the Histories took a while to comprehend. With a slow start, the story picked up speed and became more interesting once Owen and Wesley enter the story. One usually roots for one romantic character over another and this book is no exception. Although the concept of the Archive and Librarians keeping track of the Histories of the dead is fascinating, it seems to have no real rationale to support it. As in many supernatural stories, there is a suspension of logic and yet one longs for just a little more from Schwab. The characters drive the story and make it work despite the failure to fully satisfy with the plot. Reviewer: Sandy Eichelberger
VOYA - Beth H. Green
The Archives takes a look at what happens to the spirits of those who have died and where they reside once they have left the living world. The Archives contain the stories and memories of those people, as well as their bodies, and are managed by Librarians, Keepers, and Crew, who each have their own job within the Archives. Sixteen-year-old Mackenzie Bishop, who is a Keeper, was introduced to the world of the Archives by her now-deceased grandfather, Da, at the age of twelve. Mackenzie’s family is struggling with the death of both her younger brother, Ben, killed by a hit-and-run driver, and her grandfather. After moving into an older apartment building with her parents, Mackenzie hunts down those spirits who have “slipped,” or awoken, becoming confused and sometimes violent. Armed with a key that opens doors to get the Histories back into their rightful resting places, she is provided names of spirits that must be caught in order to keep the Archives at peace. After meeting a fellow Keeper, Wesley, within the apartment building, they encounter Histories that have direct ties with the apartment that she and her family live in, and whose stories are being altered by someone, threatening to destroy the entire Archives. Mackenzie sets out to right what is disrupted, only to discover twists and turns of “what seems to be” along the way. Ages 12 to 15.
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, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
A refreshingly angel-free departure in afterlife fiction, this gripping supernatural thriller features nuanced characters navigating a complex moral universe. After her brother's death, Mackenzie's parents seek a fresh start, moving into an apartment in the Coronado, a former hotel, to start a new coffee shop. Mac's good at keeping secrets: her grief, the psychic gifts she inherited from Da, her training and four years as a Keeper most of all. Keepers are tasked with keeping Histories--the recorded lives of human beings--from leaving the mysterious Archive, where they're filed and stored after death. Tended by Librarians, most Histories sleep, but a few awaken and panic, a process called "slipping," and escape into the Narrows, the passage separating the Archive and the living world. Returning violent Histories to the Archive, always dangerous, has gotten harder. The Librarians' vague explanation--"technical difficulties"--doesn't satisfy Mac. The mysteries extend beyond the Archive; records of former Coronado residents are missing in both worlds. Seeking answers, Mac forms an unsettling alliance with the guyliner-wearing boy who haunts the Coronado, but the handsome boy who saves her from a murderous History in the Narrows haunts her dreams. Suspense builds to the riveting climax, though discerning readers will spot loose threads when the dust clears. Never mind--that's what sequels are for. (Paranormal thriller. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423171089
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Series: Archived Series , #1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 81,625
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Victoria Schwab (www.VictoriaSchwab.com) is the author of several novels, including, The Near Witch-which Kirkus praised for its "shivery horror tang" and "extraordinary sense of place"-and The Archived, of which The Horn Book said "[Schwab] writes of death, sorrow, and family love with a light, intelligent touch and inventive vigor, and provides romance with a pleasing edge of unpredictability." When she is not wandering through foreign countries, Victoria can usually be found tucked in the corner of a coffee shop in Nashville, sipping tea and dreaming of monsters.

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  • Posted June 20, 2013

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    Victoria Schwab is a literary artist. By the end of the first ch

    Victoria Schwab is a literary artist. By the end of the first chapter of The Archived I knew, with absolute certainty, that it would be one of my absolute favorite books, one that I will recommend to everyone I know until I’ve forced them all to read it. This is a book that tackles so many painful issues: love, loss and the destruction grief can wreak on a person and relationships. It’s got a lot of wonderful features to recommend it: beautiful writing, wonderfully real characters, murder, mystery, some action and a tiny bit of romance, but it’s the painful choices and questions that Mac is faced with, specifically how far would you go and what would you risk to bring back someone you thought you’d lost forever?

    The premise of the novel is unlike anything I’ve read before, and it was one that instantly grabbed my attention. Parallel to our world are the Archives, where each life, called Histories, are kept. Between the Archives and our world is a hallway that functions as a type of limbo and sometimes the Histories escape out of the Archives into that limbo world, particularly the older and violent ones.  Our protagonist, Mackenzie Bishop, is a Keeper, named by her grandfather at the unheard of age of twelve. The Keepers have one job-return escaped Histories from back to the Archives before they escape into our world. When Mac’s family moves into an old hotel, The Coronado, that has been refashioned into apartments, her role as Keeper becomes a full time job, one that is dangerous and that she must keep secret from everyone in her life.

    I could endlessly wax poetic about Victoria’s writing. Her prose is simply beautiful. Vivid, lush, haunting, this is a writer who knows how to tell a story. Every page is drenched in emotion, bringing me to tears and laughter as Mac comes to terms with the loss of her brother and her changed family dynamic. One thing I really appreciated was the way the author wrote in flashbacks of Mac’s training with her grandfather, Da, a character I came to love as we get to know him through her memories. Oftentimes jumping between past and present is distracting for readers, especially me, but Victoria handled it seamlessly.

    The worlds of the Archive and the Coronado and the characters that inhabit them are brilliantly developed.  Mac herself is a wonderful narrator, one of my new favorites. She’s incredibly authentic and it was easy for me to fall into her head and feel as if I was taking this journey with her. Like any teenager whose faced with so many hard choices, she makes mistakes, but they are understandable ones, and easily forgivable.  I know that  if I had been in Mac’s situation and it had been one of my brothers, I would have torn the world apart to find a way to have them back. I would have grasped onto any hope and told any lie. Part of why I admire her so much is the fact that despite the mistakes she does make, her choices are still much better than the ones I would have made.

    Mac’s sort-of love interest, Wesley Ayers is utterly delicious. My first love was a boy in guy-liner and black nail polish and I’ve always been attracted to the look so its no wonder I fell for him at first sighting. His charm, bravery, and ability to understand Mac and forgive what others might not find forgivable only cemented my love for him. I immensely enjoyed the development of their friendship. There isn’t much in the way of actual romance between them, which I loved, because I found the flirting and the build-up of their friendship to be so much more enjoyable and realistic then if they had immediately fallen into some ~forbidden romance. I can’t wait to see how their relationship develops from here. Really, all I want in life is more Wesley.

    Mac’s world is lovely and haunting and I can’t wait to dive into more of Victoria’s beautifully lyrical writing when the sequel hits shelves next year. In the meantime I’ll just have to satisfy myself with her adult novel, Vicious which comes out this September!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

      I¿ll be honest, The Archived is a straight-up good book. Excit

      I’ll be honest, The Archived is a straight-up good book. Exciting, unpredictable, original. Sure its got its issues
    and I didn’t fail to notice them, but , inevitably, I would find myself so engrossed 10 pages later that I’d
    completely forgotten what it was I had taken issue with. The story and characters are so wonderful that I really
    just can’t be bothered to care about the small technical difficulties.

    The characters are a refreshing break from some of the current trends. Mackenzie is an empowered and
    important person from the moment we meet her. She’s smart and kind of a badass, but she’s a real teenager
    too. She’d rather  track down a History than read classic literature, and she’s conflicted and sometimes
    immature. She is the kind of character that can be hard to relate to – emotionally reluctant, comfortably
    solitary – but her grief opens the door for you to care for her powerfully. Wesley, our leading boy, is swoon
    worthy but (despite his spiked hair and guyliner) really a good guy. I’m all for the dangerous, forbidden rebel,
    but Wes is warm and brave and sweet and okay so maybe I’m a little partial to him, shut up.

    The concept of the book is, in itself, fascinating, and the mystery and action throughout are engrossing (I
    startled my cat several times from gasping/exclaiming out loud). Where Victoria Schwab really knocks it out
    of the park, though, is with the honest, down-to-earth, human-ness of it all.  Underneath the rogue dead
    people and magically empowered keys is a powerful, gut wrenching portrait of grief. Not only is Mackenzie’s
    heartbreak over her brother’s death breathtakingly real, but the entire premise lays out a question that most
    of us (thankfully) would never have to answer. How far would we go to get back someone we loved? How
    many rules would we break? How many people would we betray? Would it be right, and would we care if it
    wasn’t?

    Also, the Librarians are pretty badass.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2013

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    The Archived by Victoria Schwab was everything I hoped it would

    The Archived by Victoria Schwab was everything I hoped it would be and more.  For book lovers everywhere, I’m sure they would all appreciate the fact that dead and their histories is storied in place called The Archive and are being watched over by Librarians.  That, in itself, is a pretty epic idea.

    For main protagonist, Mackenzie, the life of being a Keeper is a role that was bestowed upon her by her dying grandfather, Da.  Where the ability to become a Keeper is not allowed until the age of 12, Mackenzie finds herself holding that position even earlier, thanks to the training provided by Da, and with the backing of Roland, a Librarian in the Archive, who believes that Mackenzie is ready.

    After the loss of her younger brother Ben, Mackenzie and her parents leave their roots and move into The Coronado, where, once upon a time, it was a hotel, but has now been renovated into apartments.  It is here that Mackenzie’s parents hope to bury the pain and memories of such a terrible loss, and start over again.

    But in a place full of pasts and histories, The Coronado keeps Mackenzie’s duties as a Keeper on her toes.  Change also comes to Mackenzie in the form of an eyeliner wearing boy named Wesely.  But it seems, Wesley is not all that he seems to be.  Wesley seems to know a lot about the hidden secrets that Mackenzie has, and Mackenzie isn’t sure if it’s a blessing to have someone she can speak to, or if it’s another obstacle in her life where she must keep more secrets.

    And secrets seems to be the theme of The Coronado.  As stated before, an old place holds lots of history and past, and when Mackenzie stumbles upon a string of mysterious deaths, who can Mackenzie really trust to find the truth and answers she needs.  Not only does she fill her time with investigating these murders, there is also an influx in Histories in The Narrows.  Histories being the dead who have awakened from The Archive and are lost and confused and are trying to find a way to The Outer, the place where the living live, and the dead used to call home.

    And to complicate things even further, Mackenzie runs into an anomaly within The Narrows…a History that does not appear on her paper that needs to be returned, a History that is out and about under the radar of The Archive.  Owen…who seems to have some of the answers that Mackenzie has been looking for regarding the murders, Owen…who is mystery unto himself, Owen…who makes the all the noise in Mackenzie head…quiet.

    But still grieving the loss of her brother, some sort of breech that is happening within The Archive itself, and with more Histories that need to be returned and who are becoming more violent, how will Mackenzie handle all this chaos without slipping and finding herself dead and archived.

    The Archived by Victoria Schwab is a masterpiece.  This story had me from the very beginning and held my attention right to the very end.  I loved how the story was told in a back and forth manner.  Where we are told the story in the present, but are allowed glimpses into the past whether it be through Mackenzie’s skills as a Keeper, or by the memories of Mackenzie’s time with Da as she is slowly being trained to become what she is today…a Keeper.

    The world building found in this book is phenomenal.  You can’t help but be caught up in this world of Librarians, Keepers, Crew, and Histories.  Every little piece of information provided in the book leads way to another exciting chapter in the book.  You’re kept guessing until the very end as to the outcome of the mysterious deaths in The Coronado.  And when you think you have it all figured out, Schwab throws in another twist that will have you reeling.

    The pacing is quick and easy to follow and I quickly found myself devouring every word, not wanting to leave this world and the characters found within.  The idea of The Archived is so unique that that in itself will draw readers in.  Once you get a taste of the story within the first few chapters, you will quickly find that The Archived is a story that you will not soon forget.

    Fans of mystery reads and are in the mood for something different but breathtaking will fall in love with The Archived by Victoria Schwab.  Believe me when I tell you that you will NOT have read anything like this, and you will be so glad that you were able to experience this epic read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2013

    In a year I read, on average, 30-60 books in the Young Adult/Fan

    In a year I read, on average, 30-60 books in the Young Adult/Fantasy genre. While I love the beautifully written tried and true plots out there (there's nothing wrong with re-doing something that works!) I'm always on the look out for something original but with that "Ahhh, I'm home" feeling you get when re-reading a favorite childhood book. These are the books that really stick with me and are the ones I keep on my shelves for years to come. These are the books I pawn off to family and friends with the stipulation: "If you break the spine I will hunt you down."

    After reading a few chapters of "The Archived" by Victoria Schwab I knew that I had stumbled onto something great. This had nothing to do with my New York Editor Friend's raving review, or the fact that this same friend lived with Ms. Schwab for some time, but had everything to do with the novel itself. It was breathtaking, it was heartbreaking, it was NEW. Within the first few pages I was crying over the loss Mackenzie and her family experienced. I felt for M's mother who tried too hard to make life normal for her daughter (who was anything BUT normal). I wanted to leap into the pages and hold Mackenzie close and tell her that it was going to be okay.

    Victoria Schwab's world, the Outer, the Narrows, the Archive - I could see it all. I understood it without much effort. There was a blissful moment where I effortlessly suspended disbelief and dove into the Archive myself. I was there every time she sat by the shelves of the Histories and wished, hoped, dreamed that somehow her life could have taken a different turn. I understood her choices, no matter how misguided, because they were REAL. There was even a quote within the novel itself that summed up everything about the archives - about how anyone who had another chance to see a loved one again would break down the walls of the world to get that chance. It made SENSE. Everything. She was real, the world was real, and I believed in it. I still do believe in it.

    That is what makes "The Archived" stand out among the plethora of YA novels on the shelves. Reality mixed perfectly with fantasy and, when I go to sleep at night, I can imagine that the Narrows and the Archives actually exist and, if only my grandfather had chosen me, I might have been a Keeper myself.

    Brava, Victoria Schwab. Brava!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    This was a great book to read. The Archived was a great concept

    This was a great book to read. The Archived was a great concept. I look forward to reading her works in the future.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

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    The Archived is a spectacular read that left me dazzled and crav

    The Archived is a spectacular read that left me dazzled and craving more! Victoria Schwab has created an intricate story with impressive world-building and unforgettable characters. There's also a delightful supply of mystery, darkness, detective work, fighting, and a little bit of romance to top it off. Once you start reading, it's incredibly hard to stop!

    Mackenzie, A.K.A. Mac, is the female protagonist and on the outside she appears to be a normal 16-year-old girl, but she's actually very special. Mac has some very special gifts and a lot of responsibility for someone her age. She's a Keeper: someone whose job is to return escaped Histories--which are records of the dead--back to the Archive. The Archive is a vast library of the dead. It sounds slightly confusing, but once you start reading it all comes together rather brilliantly!

    There's so much going on this book, and I really like how easy it was to connect with Mac. She is dealing with a lot of emotional turmoil at times, and on top of that she's trying to do her job as a Keeper as efficiently as she can, but Histories keep popping up more frequently ever since she moved into a new apartment with her parents. Their new residence was one of my favorite things about this book because they are living in what used to be a hotel that has a very colorful and interesting past. Moving into this place definitely helped provide allure and mystery to the story.

    One of the things that made me love this book, aside from the amazingly unique and awesome storyline, is the characters! I absolutely adore two of the male characters in Mac's life: Roland and Wesley. Both of these characters captured my heart and they are very important to Mac. Roland is a Librarian, and he's pretty darn cool! Wesley is just plain adorable and charming, and I'm completely rooting for him and Mac as an item. I also really love the fact that Wesley isn't your typical book boyfriend hottie: his nails are painted black and he wears eyeliner, but it totally works for him!

    Read this book immediately if you are looking for a story that will blow your mind and keep your attention until the very end. Seriously, once you read this book you will be mad at yourself for not digging into it sooner, because that is exactly how I felt after I read it--it's quite the treasure! I'm sure the next book in this series, The Unbound, will be just as amazing!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2013

    Adored this book! Not only is the plot/story unique, but the p

    Adored this book!

    Not only is the plot/story unique, but the pace is perfect, keeping you moving along, needing to know what happens, all while falling for the characters more with each and every page turned.

    Well written, intriguing, and a favorite. Can not wait to continue this series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

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    I really, truly loved this book.  I found it on my bookshelf yes

    I really, truly loved this book.  I found it on my bookshelf yesterday and remembered that it was being released this month.  I knew that the book had to be great if only because the author shares my love of chocolate pudding.  So I sat down to read it, using it as a break from studying.  Well then it started to overwhelm the study time until I finally gave in and stopped pretending to study.  Midnight comes around, and I reached the last page.  I am eternally grateful to Ms. Schwab for not leaving me with some awful cliffhanger.  My brain wouldn't have been able to handle it after that reading experience.  I was already on edge.  (In the best possible way mind you.)

    Reading this book brought back the wonderful feelings that Starters had given me months before.  I was relishing in every word and page, turning faster and faster until I had to will myself to slow down.  The two worlds in which Mackenzie lives would have quickly overwhelmed me.  Luckily for her, she has some special talents and the wisdom of her grandfather residing within her.  The fact that she is pretty tang tough is also a pretty big plus.  Mackenzie is such a relatable character with her fierce loyalty and her "take-no-crap" attitude with a touch of empathy that creates such a well-rounded and well-loved character.  

    In all honesty, I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this book.  The plot was different and unique and full of just enough winding turns to keep me reading *and to yell at anyone who interrupted me* without completely overwhelming me.  The character development was incredibly strong from Mackenzie and the people in the world around her to the people residing in the Archives.  The Librarian Roland was probably my favorite character.  He had the whole smart guy thing going, complete with a pair of red Chucks.  Can you ask for more?  The world that Ms. Schwab created makes for a very fun and edge of your seat reading experience.  And it has just the right amount of creepy.  

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2014

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    While the Archived did come out way back in January. I know th

    While the Archived did come out way back in January. I know that the sequel is coming out soon so I decided to give it a try. After all, I was thoroughly in love with Victoria Schwab’s last book Vicious. So I figured, why not.

    Why not, indeed. The Archived is an incredible book. It does Young Adult in a way that I have almost never seen before. It skirts the tropes and creates instead something better from them. There are lots of spoilers if I start naming off the things I loved about what the book did, in spite of being a YA title, so you’ll just have to read the book for yourself. What I can say, is that the author has a created one of the strongest, most believable, 1st person point of views I perhaps have ever read. Also, she has an incredible second perspective in the 1st person by using her memories of previous events to inform what she is talking about now. It is absolutely amazing and as far as I know unique. I would love to steal this but it is impossible. Because, her signature is all over it. I loved it.

    By the time I reached the end of the book, I was completely enthralled. It is not a matter of whether or not I will buy the next book in the series. It is more a question of how fast I’ll finish it. For an EXCELLENT YA read you CANNOT go wrong with the Archived.

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  • Posted April 21, 2013

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    The Archived wasn¿t something that I was sure I would enjoy. It

    The Archived wasn’t something that I was sure I would enjoy. It sounded confusing and very involved. However, because so many other bloggers had been raving about it, I decided to give it a shot. It wasn’t for me. Definitely not. The Archived had everything that usually makes for a great book: interesting characters, romance, unique story line. While it sounded promising, I’m not convinced that it delivered.




    The plot was the biggest problem for me. What’s hard about this is that the plot is both the best and worst thing about this book. What I liked about it was that it was unique. It’s a brand new concept, unlike anything that I’ve read before. I was excited about this until I began reading The Archived, I was so confused. I wasn’t sure that the world building was working for me, but I figured I would understand at some point. I didn’t. I was confused the whole time. This is where the plot turns sour for me. There was just too much to it and the way that it was explained was too brief for me to grasp the full concept. I understood bits and pieces of the archives, the narrows, the outers, and all that stuff, but I didn’t really know how the worked. I wonder now if Mackenzie knew how it all worked herself? I’m not sure. I think there were parts that she was unsure about, so I felt a bit better about that.




    Not only did the world-building not really work for me, but the characters weren’t clicking. I liked Mackenzie enough and I liked Wes. I was expecting some major romance there, but nothing big happened, which was kind of disappointing. It was even more disappointing when Mackenzie decided to start kissing the weirdest choice of love interest. I didn’t get that. WHY? It was just strange to me and it felt a bit forced, like it seemed as if it was the right choice for the book, but it really wasn’t. I’m not sure how to explain that.




    There seemed to be a lot happening in The Archived, but really nothing much happened. It was pretty much the same things repeating themselves over and over. Mackenzie kept catching Histories, or whatever they were, and new ones popped up on her list so she did the same thing over again. I was so bored reading this. I wanted something, anything to happen. I just wasn’t satisfied with the story and where it went. There’s not much else I have to say, so I’ll keep it short. I got bored and confused. That was basically my experience with this book. While it sounded really interesting, it didn’t deliver.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Completely new premise

    Read it. would also make a great movie. The story is so fresh and strange it will pull you in.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Unusual premise, very well done

    I have been reading a lot of young adult/teen fiction lately and I must say this was a very unique book. The premise was truly unusual. A quick read, left me with many questions and thoughts about possible sequels. Though some of the details were not explained to my satisfaction, on the whole the book was satisfying.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Fascinating premise

    When we die our lives are stored like books almost in an archive with librarians tending them. Histories can waken and get confused so there are keepers who take them back to sleep. But if a history escapes to the outer world of the living the crew rounds them up. The story spins around a teen keeper. It's fanciful, a good mystery and suspenseful. A good start to a series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Because of the hype from numerous people who have the same taste

    Because of the hype from numerous people who have the same taste in books as me 1 had a lot of high expectations for The Archived. This book still surpassed them all. The world building was amazing! It all felt like it was so real. The farther you delve into this book the more you learn about the archive and the places surrounding it.I really enjoyed the writing style as well. I absolutely loved how Victoria Schwab placed the notes about her grandfather throughout the book and I really think that they added a lot to the story. The characters were extremely well developed. Everyone from Mom to the old man upstairs felt like they were actually real live people, instead of just being extras in the book. They really enhanced the story instead of just being there to be there. And don't even get me started on Wesley. Can he please just not be fictional? I think i'm in love. This book is also great because it is full of plot twists. Everything was just so unpredictable. There is enough foreshadowing to make you say "ohhhhhh" when the time comes but not give anything away. I think I actually gasped out loud at some points. It's just full of surprises. Overall I give this book a 5/5 stars for being simply amazing. I'm looking forward to reading more of Victoria Schwabs work!

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  • Posted April 3, 2014

    It's a damn dirty shame that The Archived series doesn't get mor

    It's a damn dirty shame that The Archived series doesn't get more recognition. This amazing story is beautifully told . . . amazingly beautiful. How's that for adjective usage?

    After the tragic death of her 10-year-old brother, Ben, Mackenzie's parents move them to The Coronado, an old hotel converted to apartments in 1950. Once there, Mackenzie begins searching for doors that will lead her to The Narrows, where she can return Histories, and The Archive, where the histories are stored.

    I'll admit that I was a little confused about the work of a Keeper in the beginning, but it was very easy to catch on to what Mackenzie did. I especially liked the second person flashbacks between Mackenzie and Da. These purpose of these flashbacks were threefold really. Victoria added depth to Mackenzie's character, allowed us to learn about Da whom was an integral part of Mackenzie and her past, and learn more about the world that Mackenzie inhabits.

    It's a truly fascinating world at that. Once people die they are shelved in The Archive. Most people stay "asleep," but every once in a while they will wake up and break free. When that happens, Keepers return them through doors in The Narrow. There is also Crew, who tracks down Histories who escape the Narrows, and Librarians, who maintain The Archive. It's such a fascinating concept and helps to make The Archived extremely unique and enticing.

    Roland is above and beyond my favorite Librarian. You can tell he really took over Da's role when he died. He protects Mackenzie, vouches for her, gives her advice, and is the perfect father figure for this part of her life.

    There are so many twists and turns within this novel that there is no possible way to be bored. The mystery was equally fascinating and mind blowing - especially once everything came out. I never saw it coming - and that is a testament to Victoria's amazing writing and story telling. This is my first encounter with Ms. Schwab and I can promise you it certainly will not be the last.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    Excellent writing! Superb world building! Original and very grip

    Excellent writing! Superb world building! Original and very gripping story!
    This is my first Victoria Schwab book and it certainly won't be my last.
    At the end of "The Archived" I was left enamored with the world and characters and hungry for more.

    This is exactly what I needed after reading so many things that left me feeling "just okay" this year.
    MORE PLEASE.

    *runs to buy Book 2*

    Nadia

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Great book for teens who love ....

    From a book-loving teen, anyone who loves:
    -Divergent
    -Harry Potter
    -The Hunger Games
    Or any other action teen novel, I strongly sugest this book and its sequals.

    *also if you love this book, you shold try:
    -The Tomorrow Code
    -Evolution
    -Perception
    -The Ripple Trilogy
    -City of Bones
    (Some of my favorites)
    -The Lost Code

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    Perfect

    Perfect. Absolutely amazing. The plot is very original, and the writing is spectacular. I love the characters, especially Mackenzie. Loved. It. So. Much. Is there a sequal?

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  • Posted February 25, 2014

    Victoria's debut The Near Witch was a book so enchanting that I

    Victoria's debut The Near Witch was a book so enchanting that I told myself I had to read anything she wrote afterwards. And luckily for me, The Archived is a book that appeals to my literary taste.

    Victoria incorporates mystery, slight morbid curiousity, determined young woman, and an appreciation for the past in her newest release.

    Reasons to Read:

    1. Writing style that perfectly sets the mood:

    I praised Victoria's writing in The Near Witch for its whimsical yet eerie style that accurately reflected the unearthly setting. Victoria utilizes this talent of hers and applies it to The Archived - Mac's voice is distinctively Southern and strikingly mature in some ways and young in others. Her familiarity with The Archives is notable, particularly when contrasted with her frustration at home with her family. The reader doesn't just read Mac's words, but feels them and experiences them as much as a reader can.

    2. A ghost story...without ghosts?

    The Archived makes the comment a few times that Histories are not ghosts and explains the differences between the two. So while it may not be a story about ghosts per se, it has the distinct flavour of a ghost story and all the good things that come with one. It's very creepy at some points, and fairly dark.

    3. Reflections on living & the past:

    Mac spends a significant portion of the book pondering the meaning of life and death and what it all means to the dead and those they leave behind. And this is where I can best describe this book as making me feel terribly homesick! I am personally petrified by the thought of losing those I love dearly, and this is one of the key themes of the book and one of life's most personal struggles. We will all experience it in one way or another, and as Mac tries to make sense of her grief, all it made me want to do was give my grandparents and sister and everyone the BIGGEST hug and hold them close. It's just so raw and painful - very, very real.

    It took me a little while to adapt to the world though, and the reader is very much launched into it with little warning. Mac gradually explains bits and pieces of her world and involvement as a Keeper, and while that works well for staying away from any info-dumping or lengthy explanations, it also makes for a rather confusing beginning to a book.

    I was a bit split on my impression of the villain as well. For the most part I thought it was clever and surprising, but about half of it seemed thrown it without much background or any hints. It was ultimately less fulfilling than I had anticipated.

    A good book will resonate with its reader, and make you think and most importantly, FEEL. I can't stress how well The Archived accomplished that with my experience reading it. It delivered as a breath of fresh air in YA, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series as well as Victoria's other upcoming books.

    ARC received from Hachette Book Group Canada for review; no other compensation was received.

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