The Unbound (an Archived Novel): An Archived Novel

Hardcover | January 28, 2014

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.

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 isMackenzie. 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 Unbounddelves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.

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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, alm...

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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Format: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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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