Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Spotlight & Sneak Peek: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

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.


Victoria Schwab creates a dark imaginative world filled with enough intrigue to hold my attention.

After Da, Mackenzie’s grandfather passes away; she is now responsible for the Histories in the Archive. The Archive is the place where the dead are kept, like creepy and unusual books in a library.

Thanks to this sneak peek from Disney Hyperion, I was able to read the first few chapters of this book. I really enjoyed it. I am excited to read the full book. For fans of the Supernatural, Dystopia, Fantasy, The Archived appears to have all of these elements and more.

The Archived releases today in Hardcover. The E-book version releases on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. 

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