September 1, 2012

The Archived - a Sneak Peek

Title and author: The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Reading age: 12 years and older
Pages: 336
Release Date: January 22, 2013
ISBN: 9781423179108
Source: NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

My Thoughts:

NetGalley offered the first 100 pages to readers, and I jumped on the offer the moment I found out. Ever since I devoured the haunting tale The Near Witch, I have been a fan of Schwab’s. The snapshot of her upcoming novel, one that taunted me with just 100 pages, has left me craving for more.

Schwab's talent lies not just in the development of her story and of her characters, it is the way she is able to envelope readers into her worlds. In reading this sneak peek of The Archived, I found myself lost in the pages, almost as lost as the Histories seemed to be until their Keeper could find and return them to their rightful place.

I found the tone of the novel echoed that of The Giver as I became a part of Schwab’s story, feeling like a History myself. Questioning how lies can be a good thing. Rooting for Mac to come to grips with her true self and her destiny. But do not be fooled; this is not a dystopian tale, but I found the "feel" of it to be the same as Lowry's famous novel.

I only had a taste of what is to come, but it was enthralling. And while I was already looking forward to the publishing of this novel, now I find myself scanning the Internet to find an ARC so I can see where Schwab - and Mac - will lead readers through the rest of this journey. 

Allowing this "sneak peek" was a genius move by the publisher because it gives readers just enough of a taste to create even more buzz around such a fantastic read - it's almost cruel to do this to readers. But it is still genius.

What are your thoughts? Have you read the sneak peek of The Archived? Are you one of the lucky ones who has already had a chance to read it? 

Have you reviewed it? Share your thoughts and/or link to your review in the comments section.

Happy Reading!


  1. I'm glad to hear that the sneak peek is so good because I'm so excited for this book! The Giver is one of my favorite books, so now I'm even more excited. (:

  2. You should be - it really is THAT good! I cannot believe we have to wait until January


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