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The Unbound (Archived Series #2)

The Unbound (Archived Series #2)

4.7 10
by Victoria 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,


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.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—In this sequel to The Archived (Hyperion, 2013), sleep eludes Mackenzie Bishop. She's traumatized by violent nightmares of Owen and later theorizes that the sadistic History might not be confined solely to her fraying mind. People with whom Mac has limited contact start disappearing, and voids crop up where they were last seen. Mac suspects someone is trying to create evidence that will get her relieved of duty as a Keeper. When her concerned parents justifiably hover, making trips to the Archive and the Narrows difficult, Mac has trouble keeping up with the Histories assigned to her. Fortunately, charming Wesley also attends Mac's new prep school, offering more than friendship and backup. But can Mac risk getting closer to Wes with danger already her companion? An exciting climax carefully ties up certain threads, while a well-executed final chapter promises a further installment. Schwab's characters are distinct, and she has a talent for conveying the connections between them. The mystery and waiting-for-the-other-shoe-to-drop sense of foreboding is sustained throughout. Wesley and Mac's romantic tension is palpable, and their dialogue is natural, with plenty of entertaining banter. While Schwab includes bits of explanation and flashbacks, readers will be better served reading this suspenseful and engrossing supernatural series in order.—Danielle Serra, Cliffside Park Public Library, NJ
From the Publisher

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


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


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

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Disney Press
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Archived Series , #2
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Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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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The Unbound (Archived Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Write another! I just cant get this book out of my head. More more more!!!
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
All the stars!!!! Full review: Mackenzie Bishop is a Keeper for the the Archive--a library where the dead rest on shelves like books--where she works to keep violent Histories from escaping their shelves. Last summer she almost lost her life to one such History. In the intervening months Mac has tried to get her life back together--as much as it can be when she spends so much time lying to everyone she knows and lurking in shadows. But with nightmares that feel real, a new school, and members of the Archive who would sooner see her removed than recovered, Mackenzie isn't sure how to get back to normal. When people in town begin to disappear, Mac's doubts about herself and her safety grow. The disappearances don't seem to have anything in common. Except Mackenzie herself. Solving the disappearances could help Mac keep her freedom and reclaim some modicum of safety as she truly puts the past behind her. Failure could mean losing her memories, her place in the Archive and her life in The Unbound (2014) by Victoria Schwab. The Unbound is the sequel to Schwab's novel The Archived. This book continues several weeks after the conclusion of The Archived with handy flashbacks and recaps to explain key events from the first book. The Unbound works well as a standalone however it does contain mild spoilers for The Archived. Flashbacks and dreams lend an otherworldly quality to this eerie novel as Mackenzie tries to make sense of her life in the wake of fighting an escaped History. Despite her strong face, cracks are beginning to show in Mac's carefully constructed armor; it is becoming harder to keep her life at the Archive separate from the life she pretends to lead. While readers got a sense of Mac in the first book, they really get to know her in The Unbound. Mac's unflinching loyalty to the Archive was already shaken but now it is shattered as much of what she knows about the Archive is thrown into question. Mac's friends, a blend of familiar faces from book one as well as some new characters, add another dimension and levity to the story. Schwab once again delivers a dazzling blend of mystery and fantasy in an entirely unique world in The Unbound. Vivid characters and breathtaking prose guarantee readers will be clamoring for a third book. Possible Pairings: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan, Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones Drawing the Ocean by Carolyn MacCullough, Vibes by Amy Kathleen Ryan, The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman, Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the change in setting and the character development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tween_2_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"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
Edenn85 More than 1 year ago
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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TimothyRook More than 1 year ago
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.