The Archived

The gripping first novel in a dark, dazzlingly inventive new YA fantasy series.
Disney*Hyperion, January 22, 2013

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.


Rights have sold to Russia, Germany, Taiwan, Turkey, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Brazil.

Also, I’m delighted to announced that Disney*Hyperion has already picked up the sequel!!! From PM:

Author of THE NEAR WITCH Victoria Schwab’s untitled sequel to her forthcoming THE ARCHIVED, in which a teenage girl must uncover the secrets that lie at the heart of the labyrinthine supernatural library known as the Archive, to Abby Ranger at Disney-Hyperion, by Holly Root at Waxman Literary Agency (World English).


19 thoughts on “The Archived

  1. JP says:

    This is going to be so badass. After The Near Witch, I want some more V in my pile of books to read!

  2. O.C says:

    I think this book is going to mint! 🙂 i read the blurb on a website which led me to here and i can’t wait for this book to come out and was just wondereing if you are doing a book signing when it comes out ? thank you

    • veschwab says:

      Aw, thank you!! And as far as signings, the most updated list of appearances can be found HERE! I try to update it as soon as I have finalized details, which doesn’t always happen that far in advance of the event, but I do my best!

  3. O.C says:

    Thank you but unfortunately I didn’t realise that the signings were in America since I live in England. I have already pre-ordered the book ( so excited to read it :-D) and was also wondering if there would be a way to get something signed ? xx

  4. O.C says:

    I have read The Archived and LOVED IT i really do hope there is a sequel to it because this is the first book I’ve read in ages and wanted to read more of it 🙂

    • veschwab says:

      Hi there! First of all, so happy you enjoyed the book!! And the sequel, THE UNBOUND, is scheduled to hit shelves next January!

  5. O.C says:

    Okay, thank you so much for replying and i hope your book goes far because you deserve it thank you 🙂 !

  6. Sheerisan says:

    Hi Victoria,

    do you know which publisher bought the rights for THE ARCHIVED?
    This month the german version from the NEAR WITCH comes out by Heyne. I am so exiting 🙂
    Best wishes
    Vanessa from Germany

    • veschwab says:

      Hi there! Heyne has the rights for both THE NEAR WITCH and THE ARCHIVED!

      • Sheerisan says:

        Thanks Vic 🙂
        At the weekend I can enjoy the Near Witch 🙂 I ordered it today. Thanks so much for your answer and now I will contact Heyne about the date of publication of the Archived.

        Best wishes

  7. Amaia Crespo says:

    Hi Victoria!
    I loved the first book and I would like to know if someone bought the rights to translate it into Spanish or Catalan since I am a writer and translator and I would love to do both and submit a proposal to a publishing house here in Spain. Do you know if those wrights are still available?
    Can’t wait for The Unbound!
    Best wishes.

  8. ade11ka says:

    is this book available in other countries? Like Czech Republic? I think it is, but I don’t know when it will be issued, couldn’t you tell me? I don’t know english laguage very well, so I would like to read it in my own language.
    Thanks for answer

    • veschwab says:

      THE ARCHIVED series is coming out in the Czech Republic! I don’t know if it just hit shelves, or if it’s just about to hit shelves, but it will be there!

  9. Veronika says:

    The Archived is already in the Czech Republic and I have to say that the book is great! I got this book from my editor in chef to write a review. I would like to ask you a few questions. The answers I used in my next article. If you agree, you can contact me on email? I would be grateful. Thank you for your answer. I am looking forward to continuing.

  10. Hi Victoria,

    “The Archived” sounds really interesting, and there is a group of Germans who voted to read the book (the original english version) together on Lovelybooks (german site similar to Goodreads). So I went to to get the e-book to read it with them, but unfortunately couldn’t find it. I checked other online stores, too, but couldn’t find it there either. They only have paperbacks or hardcover versions of “the Archived”. On I saw an e-book, so it must exist, which made me wonder, why I can’t get it in Germany. Is there a reason that the e-book is only available on and not, too? I thought I’d ask before getting a paperback, in case it was an oversight or something that it isn’t available in all Amazon stores. I’d prefer to read it on my Kindle.

    Greeatings from Germany and happy easter,


  11. Simran says:

    When is the third one coming out? I’m dying to read it. It made me soo happy to learn that Wesley’s name is Templeton! I hope the author venturesinto Roland’s past a bit

  12. Vale Vargas says:

    I loved the book!!! I read it while being at scool, I couldn´t focus!!! Wesley is one of my favorite characters, and I have read thousand of books!!! Thanks for this amaizing book!!!

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