The Unbound – Sneak Peek Excerpt by Victoria Schwab

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are 18759395called 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. –

This is the followup to The Archived, released last year.  Sadly, this was only a short preview of the actual book, due to be released January 28, 2014 – can’t wait for the rest!

The world-building in this series is highly creative.  Mac is supposedly just your average high school teenage girl, but with the turn of a key, she’s in another world entirely and has more problems to deal with than many adults.

My favorite characters, Roland and Wesley, return in this book, along with some promising new characters introduced at Mac’s school.

Although a brief preview, this looks to be a worthy followup to The Archived, so if you haven’t read it yet, you have some time before the release of The Unbound.  I’d recommend this series to ages 12 and up and also to adults – the first novel and this preview were very compelling.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.

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