The Archived

The Archived

Hardcover | January 22, 2013

byVictoria Schwab

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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 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. Advance praise forTHE ARCHIVED: "This gripping supernatural thriller features nuanced characters navigating a complex moral universe."Kirkus Reviews

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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 determi...

Victoria Schwab(www.victoriaschwab.com) is the author ofThe Near Witch-whichKirkuspraised 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 cof...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:January 22, 2013Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

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3Q 4P J The Archived 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.-Beth H. Green-VOYA