Title: The Unbound (The Archived #2)
Author: Victoria Schwab
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Synopsis: 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
See my review for the first book here.
OHHH MYYY GOSHHH. I finished this book in one day. One day. That being the day I finished The Archived. I just sat down and read for six hours straight. That, is how good this book is. It is so much more action-packed than the first book (although I still love The Archived!).
The plot is absolutely magnificent. Some people find it slow in the beginning, or boring in general, but I genuinely did not. Everything was captivating and intriguing. This book is smart. I love all the flashbacks to Da, and all the questioning – of her past, the present, and the future.
There is definitely a lot of doubt in this book. I found myself questioning everything more and more the deeper I went in. There are a lot of other alternatives to what could have happened, and that just makes it more gripping. I know with every book its like anything can happen, and I felt this very keenly with this book. The suspense was pretty much unbearable towards the ending.
The charactersss… Mackenzie, Wes, Owen, Roland. Mackenzie. But to be honest, as much as I love Mackenzie, my favourite is still Guyliner. He’s just so amazing, basically. I also really like Roland (I mean who doesn’t?). I was debating the role of Mackenzie’s parents a lot. Like, were they bad parents in their ignorance, and believing all the lies? Or was it simply that Mackenzie was so good at what she did?
I’ll have to say it’s a bit of both. I understand that the parents may have had a lot of trust installed in their daughter, and she is definitely responsible and sensible in general, in that aspect. But also, they’re her parents. They should have been more aware of the lies, but also, this may not be fair since Mackenzie has been lying since a very young age, and even when things began to speed up considerably, they were distracted with their new lives.
There are so many twists to this book. You know that moment where you read a shocking line in a book and you’re just reading it over and over unable to comprehend it? Well, that moment happened quite a few times throughout this book. Definitely not a read you’d want to miss.
So, did you think that Mackenzie’s parents were bad parents? Which is your favourite character, Mackenzie or Guyliner? (AND WHO CAN ABSOLUTELY NOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK AND THINK ITS ABSOLUTE TORTURE THAT IT ISNT COMING OUT FOR YEARS YET?!)