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The Unbound (The Archived, book 2)

by Victoria Schwab

Rated: Moderate

After the scary and dangerous events at the end of The Archived, teen Keeper Mackenzie Bishop is having a difficult time moving on. The rogue History with big plans who caused her so much trouble is haunting her dreams. The lack of rest combined with the seemingly unfounded worry that Owen is somehow still around are making her life miserable. On top of the usual difficulties with her parents, who are still walking on eggshells a year after her little brother’s death, Mackenzie now must start school at a new private academy. Trying to attend school and keep up with escaped Histories, all while dealing with no sleep, make her wonder if she’s going a little crazy — even worse, Agatha, the supervisor at the Archive, is deeply suspicious of her ability to continue her role as Keeper.

None of this will make any sense to those who haven’t read the first book in the series; even for me, who read the book less than a year ago, this series is so rich in detail and world-building that I had a hard time keeping up for a bit because I had forgotten so much that was pertinent to the continuing plot. I just had to go back and browse through The Archived again. But the series is really fascinating, and The Unbound amps up the intensity and action. I am sure the next book will be equally great (but whenever it comes out, I’ll have to come back and reread these first two books again).

Rated: Moderate, mostly for violence and intensity. There aren’t many uses of bad language and there is no sexual material, just a couple of simple kisses. But the action can get intense and bloody.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for more than 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • The Unbound (The Archived, book 2)
  • by Victoria Schwab
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Genre: Young adult
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