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.
I read The Archived back in January and you can read about my thoughts here.
The Unbound picks up a few weeks after The Archived ends and already Mackenzie has a lot to deal with. She has her job as a Keeper, she has to appease her parents, be a high school student, and deal with terrible nightmares. This poor girl can't catch a break.
I can't tell you how much I loved this book. I loved it more than the first one. I found myself questioning decisions Mac made, but then putting myself in her shoes realized that she probably made the right choice. I would have gotten myself killed...or worse. She's so smart and brave in this book that I can't help but be proud of her. I think Da would be too.
Summer ends and Mackenzie has to go to a new high school and with school comes a whole group of new characters. Cash is a guy you can see her with. He's sweet and funny; he just isn't Wes. Cash's sister is a bit of a bitch. I'm sure she has her reasons (I think she's in love with Wes), but she just didn't give Mac a chance. Amber quickly becomes an ally for Mac and I'm glad she had a girlfriend again. Lastly there's Gavin. He reminds her of her kid brother Ben. I loved these kids. They were a great group that you just want to be friends with...even if you finished high school many many years ago.
The Unbound keeps you on your toes. It keeps you interested. I hope Victoria Schwab gets the chance to write a third book because I am really interested in what else this world has to offer.