Up Late with Victoria Schwab’s The Archived


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 she 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.

So happy to be writing about this book. I stumbled upon it a few months ago and finally had the chance to sit down and read it. And when I say sit down, I actually mean that I read while working out on the elliptical machine while my infant son slept and late at night after he’d gone to bed.

So, the blurb totally hooked me and practically begged me to read, and as I started the novel, I thought, “please don’t let me down.” And guess what? Victoria Schwab did not disappoint with this young adult novel. She has created a fresh and exciting premise with vivid, well-drawn characters.

I’m going to quickly name the things that I enjoyed most about The Archived.

1. It ended up being a murder mystery. I love murder mysteries!

2. There is a little romantic sub-plot that I did not see coming.

3. The relationship Mac had with her grandfather was super sweet. (Told through a series of flashbacks)

4. There were a few twists near the end that I did not see coming.

5. There is a sequel. (And I am going to order it NOW!)

For a mysterious and fun read, pick up this book!

Happy reading! 🙂 Jennie, PCTELA President @jenniekaywrites

Up Late with Victoria Schwab’s The Archived

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