The Unbound (an Archived Novel): An Archived Novel by Victoria SchwabThe Unbound (an Archived Novel): An Archived Novel by Victoria Schwab

The Unbound (an Archived Novel): An Archived Novel

byVictoria Schwab

Hardcover | January 28, 2014

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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.

Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she's struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn't easy -- not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she's really safe.

Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace,and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She's sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she'll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.
Victoria Schwab(www.VictoriaSchwab.com) is the author of several novels, including,The Near Witch-whichKirkuspraised for its "shivery horror tang" and "extraordinary sense of place"-andThe Archived, of whichThe Horn Booksaid "[Schwab] writes of death, sorrow, and family love with a light, intelligent touch and inventive vigor, and prov...
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Title:The Unbound (an Archived Novel): An Archived NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:January 28, 2014Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1423178203

ISBN - 13:9781423178200

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this! I thought the first book was great, but this book is an amazing addition. I just wish the series would go on forever!
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from And it continues I really enjoyed The Archived and I'm so glad we got a follow up with The Unbound. The world of The Archived is just so unique and I love this story. Mac and Wesley are great characters. A bit cliffhangery but fingers crossed one day the final book will get picked up by a new publisher and this series will be finished.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good 4.5/5 stars. Objectively, there were some not-so-great things happening here. The pace was odd and the plot had no clear direction for the first third, which contributed to the slightly disjointed, meandering feeling that characterized the whole thing. Objectively, there were good things too, including a return into a wonderfully intense, creepy world, awesome characters, and honest emotion. If I was being objective, I would have probably given it a solid three or four stars. Less objectively, though, there was something about the way Mackenzie dealt with her trauma and suffered through this situation where she felt trapped and alone and hurt that nearly did me in. I almost cried reading the passages about her armor being built up, and when she admitted that she wasn't okay, I wanted to cheer. It hit too close to home. There was something about the whole thing that was just so honest and heartfelt and real about it that caught my emotions and didn't let go. For that alone, I'm giving it five stars. Sincerely hoping that there's a third book, now, if only because I want more of Mackenzie's grit and determination and more of Wesley's awesomeness.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good 4.5/5 stars. Objectively, there were some not-so-great things happening here. The pace was odd and the plot had no clear direction for the first third, which contributed to the slightly disjointed, meandering feeling that characterized the whole thing. Objectively, there were good things too, including a return into a wonderfully intense, creepy world, awesome characters, and honest emotion. If I was being objective, I would have probably given it a solid three or four stars. Less objectively, though, there was something about the way Mackenzie dealt with her trauma and suffered through this situation where she felt trapped and alone and hurt that nearly did me in. I almost cried reading the passages about her armor being built up, and when she admitted that she wasn't okay, I wanted to cheer. It hit too close to home. There was something about the whole thing that was just so honest and heartfelt and real about it that caught my emotions and didn't let go. For that alone, I'm giving it five stars. Sincerely hoping that there's a third book, now, if only because I want more of Mackenzie's grit and determination and more of Wesley's awesomeness.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Unbound The Unbound is dark and dangerous, even more so than its predecessor. All the consequences and changes that came out of the first book are here, inescapable and unavoidable. Mac has so much more to deal with, and if she's not careful, it'll overwhelm her. This time around, everything about and around Mac is amplified. The fears, the post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from her previous encounter with Owen, the nightmares she tries to hide. The lies she tries to tell. The monsters that come after her. They're harder to keep control of now, harder to hide, and it isn't long until they're slipping through her fingers, creeping out into the world for everyone to see. Like her parents. But she still deflects, pushing everything off the table, out of sight, so she can deal with it on her own later. Because she doesn't need help. Because she can do it on her own. Because it's, in her eyes, her fault, and only she can fix it. If she doesn't crumble under the weight of the world first. Death, after death, life after death. What happens to us after we die? Where do we go? Are we still there, hovering, watching? Do we start our lives over because of the mistakes we made? Are we reborn? Or is it nothing at all? Are we just filed away in a box, in memories, until we're forgotten? Is this why we fear death? In life, we can guess at what will happen next, be right a good amount of the time. But in death, no one knows what happens next. And not knowing what might happen next? Terrifying. The Archive isn't what Mac thought it was anymore. Not after Owen. Not after Agatha. Her world has flipped on itself, but then what comes next? Rebellion or rolling with the punches? Mac has a very strong sense of right and wrong, the strongest I've come across. She won't back down from doing what she thinks is right, from searching for the answers she's looking for. It does make her a little reckless, though. This book is a rollercoaster of mystery and pain, of survival and fear and nightmares. Of tension and trust and truths. I'm satisfied with the ending, but if there ever is a third book I'll be sure to read it.
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It felt like a solid stand-a-lone! Mackenzie is dealing post-traumatic stress disorder from the fallout with Owen. He haunts her dreams and turns them into nightmares. When she starts to hurt herself and realizes she could be hurting others, she tries to find out why the string of disappearances are with people she has met before. I had a problem with the very slow start. It wasn't because I was bored, but because it was the musings of her every day life. Her thoughts and actions were stagnant and the plot doesn't move until the 100 page mark. It was nice to see her at school, starting something new and normal. The struggles with her hiding her Keeper life from her family is even more apparent in this sequel. I found it odd that there was hardly any mentions of Ben. Not like it was before in The Archived. The purpose of the bolded passages offered a glimpse into the past, but it didn't work out too well here. I think that there was a lot that needed to be set up which is why it was such a slow start. If it weren't for my love for Wes and Chase, I would have probably DNF'd this for sure. In all honesty, the Archived and their crazy rules didn't seem so interesting to me this time around. I felt annoyed all the time when the politics shone through. There's not much history that was given and I would have loved that to be given. Maybe it'll be in the last book? I especially love the fact that there's new friends and having Wes and Cash on the pages helped me glued to the pages when things weren't happening. They are so hilarious and funny especially when competing for Mackenzie's affections. Though I only thought that Chase liked her because she was pretty and he tells her to her face too. We also see a more kinder and less jokey Wes which I appreciated. It felt like a solid stand-a-lone, but then you get to the last page and it's such an open ended ending. Ah! *crosses fingers the last book gets published*
Date published: 2015-01-10

Editorial Reviews

Mackenzie transfers to an exclusive school for her junior year, but acceptance is the least of her worries. As a Keeper, Mackenzie serves the Archive by returning wandering ghosts (Histories) to the Library shelves, thus preserving the equilibrium between the dead and the living. At the last book's conclusion, she was almost killed by a History and now struggles with anxiety and nightmares. Meanwhile, Archive leadership questions her competence, and she finds herself falling for enigmatic, loyal fellow Keeper. While there's more focus on action than character development, Schwab continues to explore themes of loss, grief, and recovery, contrasting Mackenzie's physical dangers with her PTSD. Several surprises prime readers for future titles. - Debbie Carton-Booklist Online