The Archived by Victoria Schwab

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The Archive, an otherworldly library, contains the bodies of everyone who has ever died. But when the Archive is compromised from within, sixteen-year-old Mackenzie Bishop must use her skills as a Keeper to identify the traitor and prevent violent Histories from escaping into our world. The first in a dark, dazzlingly inventive YA fantasy series from the author of The Near Witch.

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Author Bio: Victoria Schwab ( is the author of The Near Witch—which Kirkus praised for its “shivery horror tang”—as well as several upcoming novels. Victoria suffers from a wicked case of wanderlust, but when she's not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, she can usually be found tucked in the corner of a coffee shop in Nashville, sipping tea and dreaming up monsters.
Published January 29, 2013 by Disney Hyperion. 337 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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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.

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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

Feb 18 2013 | Read Full Review of The Archived

Common Sense Media

Mackenzie must learn to rely on her wits and trust members of the Archive and a new friend, Wesley, to solve the mystery before the Archive is destroyed.

Jan 22 2013 | Read Full Review of The Archived

A Patchwork of Books

I expect you’re going to see a lot of authors writing books with similar style characters because they’ve been influenced by Wendig’s writing.

Mar 05 2014 | Read Full Review of The Archived


I had a few moments of wanting to reach into the book and yell at her!

Mar 05 2013 | Read Full Review of The Archived

The Horn Book

This is no common policing-the-supernatural romantic thriller: Schwab’s image of the Archive and its Librarians is both poignant and intellectually piquant, a suggestion that the repository of human memory goes beyond personal loss and is central to human culture.

Jan 23 2013 | Read Full Review of The Archived

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