The Unbound is the second book in The Archived series written by Victoria Schwab. It continues the story of Mackenzie Bishop, a young girl who works as a Keeper in a place called the Archive, where the dead are stored like books on shelves. The Unbound picks up where the first book left off, with Mackenzie dealing with the aftermath of her previous adventures.
In The Unbound, Mackenzie is still struggling with the loss of her grandfather and her friend Wesley. She is haunted by their deaths and feels responsible for what happened to them. As she tries to come to terms with her grief, she discovers that there is a new threat lurking in the Archive.
Mackenzie learns that there is a group of people called the Unbound who have found a way to escape from the Archive and return to the world of the living. These Unbound are dangerous and can cause chaos if they are not stopped. Mackenzie takes it upon herself to track down these rogue spirits and bring them back to where they belong.
As Mackenzie delves deeper into her investigation, she uncovers dark secrets about the Archive and its history. She learns that there are those who would do anything to control the power of the Archive, even if it means sacrificing innocent lives. Mackenzie must navigate this treacherous world and find a way to stop the Unbound before they unleash havoc on both the living and the dead.
Throughout The Unbound, Mackenzie also grapples with her own identity and purpose. She questions her role as a Keeper and wonders if there is more to life than just protecting the dead. She forms new alliances and faces difficult choices that will shape her future.
The Unbound is a thrilling and suspenseful novel that explores themes of grief, identity, and the power of memory. Victoria Schwab’s writing is captivating, drawing readers into a richly imagined world where life and death intertwine. The book is filled with twists and turns, keeping readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.
Imagine a place where the dead lie on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in paintings that only Librarians can read. The dead are called History, and the vast kingdom in which they rest is the Archives.
Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping the Violent Histories from escaping from the Archives, nearly lost his life to one person. Now, as she begins her junior year at Hyde, 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 in the past, knows it can’t hurt her, but the feeling is real, and when nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she begins to I wonder if I’m really safe.
Meanwhile, everyone is disappearing without a trace, and their only thing in common seems to be Mackenzie. She’s sure the Archive knows more than they reveal, but before she can prove it, she’s become the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she will lose everything, not just her role as Guardian but her memories and even her life. Can Mackenzie unravel the mystery before she unravels herself?
I loved everything I’ve read about Victoria, but I really devoured both of these in two days. I am very obsessed with this series. The reason why I put this off for so long is because I know book 3 is out somewhere with no release date yet, and I don’t want to *do it* to myself. I hate waiting. I hate spoilers. I will say this wraps up well though, and I don’t regret reading this series for a second. It certainly leaves you wanting more, but I doubt I’ll ever feel satisfied after seeing enough of this series. I love this world and all its characters. Thanks again Victoria for something new to haunt.
I liked The Archived so much that I had to quickly move on to its sequel. There is always a risk that the second book in the series doesn’t match the first, but this one does. It really reminds me of Twilight because our heroine starts going to a new school and is immediately entangled in a love triangle. However, the action outside of school quickly begins and the final part of the book races to a dramatic and highly satisfying climax. Now I’m in a terrible state of waiting for the next book to be published. I know I shouldn’t start reading them until they’re in print.
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