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The Unbound (An Archived Novel)

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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PRAISE FOR THE ARCHIVED

"This is no common policing-the-supernatural romantic thriller: Schwab's image of the Archive and its Librarians is both poignant and intellectually piquant, a suggestion that the repository of human memory goes beyond personal loss and is central to human culture. She writes of death, sorrow, and family love with a light, intelligent touch and inventive vigor, and provides romance with a pleasing edge of unpredictability. It isn't often that lines from Dante's Inferno make their way into supernatural thrillers for teens, but they do here-and to good effect."—Horn Book

PRAISE FOR THE ARCHIVED

"A refreshingly angel-free departure in afterlife fiction, this gripping supernatural thriller features nuanced characters navigating a complex moral universe."—Kirkus Reviews

PRAISE FOR THE ARCHIVED

"Schwab skillfully manages that rare accomplishment: a spine-tingling, supernatural, ghostly mystery that is fully believable. A writer to watch for sure-sequel please!"—School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423178200
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Series: Archived Series , #2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 100,180
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Victoria Schwab (www.VictoriaSchwab.com) is the author of several novels, including, The Near Witch-which Kirkus praised for its "shivery horror tang" and "extraordinary sense of place"-and The Archived, of which The Horn Book said "[Schwab] writes of death, sorrow, and family love with a light, intelligent touch and inventive vigor, and provides romance with a pleasing edge of unpredictability." When she is not wandering through foreign countries, Victoria can usually be found tucked in the corner of a coffee shop in Nashville, sipping tea and dreaming of monsters.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

    A question for myself, why the heck haven't I reviewed this yet?

    A question for myself, why the heck haven't I reviewed this yet? Why, that is a very good question Isabel. My only excuse is laziness, the snowpocalypse, and a crazy amount of school work. Does that work for you? No? Me neither. Why was I just having this argument with myself? Well, because this book ROCKED! I loved The Unbound SO much! The first book was good, but The Unbound blew my expectations out of the water! I loved this book and hope that I take the time to write up a full review soon!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    "The Unbound" was even better than the first one! More

    "The Unbound" was even better than the first one! More: character development, mystery and heart-stopping action.
    Add to that Schwab's gorgeous writing and you have a WONDERFUL (understatement) sequel.

    I'm in love with this series, definitely one of my favorites! What a shame that's not as popular as it should be, it's so freaking well done.

    There needs to be a third book. I need more Mac and Wes in my life.

    Nadia

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    The 2014 Book to Read!

    I received the first book in the series at comicon and liked it enough to check out the sequel. The sequel is even more enjoyable than the original. The characters are further developed and I truly got a sense of who they are as people.

    The Unbound picks up slightly after the Archived ended, but it quickly updated on what has been happening. Mackenzie Bishop is clearly traumatized by the events of the first book and is struggling to reconcile the different aspects of her life along with the information her Grandpa gave her on the Archive.

    I could not put the book down, it was an exciting adventure to the end. Along with the main character it was hard to tell what was real and what was caused by her trauma. There were twists and turns at every step and I loved the ride.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

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    One the best things about the Archived Series is the sense of re

    One the best things about the Archived Series is the sense of reality in the supernatural. I find that the author does an incredible job of making all of her characters real people. Not stereotypes or carbon cutouts. I also truly enjoy the twists that she puts in to every book she writes. The Unbound is an excellent sequel to the Written. I would have to say that I actually liked it a little more. Which I would imagine is because I knew all the characters better and didn’t have to get into them through exposition. I would also have to say that the end of this book was certainly more interesting and unique than the first. I was really going into with no expectation of really knowing what would happen. I voraciously read through the book and if I’d had more time in one sitting to read it; I probably would have finished it in one sitting. I truly love the world and characters that Victoria Schwab has created here. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series.

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