- Gebundene Ausgabe: 368 Seiten
- Verlag: Disney-Hyperion (28. Januar 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1423178203
- ISBN-13: 978-1423178200
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 12 - 18 Jahre
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 3,2 x 22,2 cm
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The Unbound (An Archived Novel) (The Archived) (Englisch) Gebundenes Buch – 28. Januar 2014
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Mackenzie transfers to an exclusive school for her junior year, but acceptance is the least of her worries. As a Keeper, Mackenzie serves the Archive by returning wandering ghosts (Histories) to the Library shelves, thus preserving the equilibrium between the dead and the living. At the last book's conclusion, she was almost killed by a History and now struggles with anxiety and nightmares. Meanwhile, Archive leadership questions her competence, and she finds herself falling for enigmatic, loyal fellow Keeper. While there's more focus on action than character development, Schwab continues to explore themes of loss, grief, and recovery, contrasting Mackenzie's physical dangers with her PTSD. Several surprises prime readers for future titles. - Debbie Carton Booklist Online"
In The Archived (rev. 1/13), the dead are Histories, each a body of memories to be catalogued by the Archive's Librarians. Mackenzie is a Keeper, whose job is to put wakeful Histories in their proper place. That's what she has done with Owen, a renegade History-but now, in this second volume, it seems she hasn't quite managed to shelve him. He terrifies her in nightmares and even appears in her waking life, disrupting her efforts to adapt to her swish private school and keep up with her Archive work-and her relationship with caring, mysterious Wesley, also a Keeper. Then Mackenzie becomes associated with a series of deaths and disappearances. Are sleeplessness and memory driving her mad? Schwab intensifies terror and threat here, at the same time offering loving relationships and intelligent plotting. Although she leans on characterization and interest created in The Archived, the sharpness of her prose and plot give this action-intense story abundant energy. Mackenzie has lost none of her impulse for analysis ("I've always thought of [people] more as formulas-full of variables, but always the sum of their parts"), and although the story depends more on action and less on emotional subtlety than its predecessor, it's smart and engaging. deirdre f. baker Horn Book"
Gr 8 Up In this sequel to The Archived (Hyperion, 2013), sleep eludes Mackenzie Bishop. She's traumatized by violent nightmares of Owen and later theorizes that the sadistic History might not be confined solely to her fraying mind. People with whom Mac has limited contact start disappearing, and voids crop up where they were last seen. Mac suspects someone is trying to create evidence that will get her relieved of duty as a Keeper. When her concerned parents justifiably hover, making trips to the Archive and the Narrows difficult, Mac has trouble keeping up with the Histories assigned to her. Fortunately, charming Wesley also attends Mac's new prep school, offering more than friendship and backup. But can Mac risk getting closer to Wes with danger already her companion? An exciting climax carefully ties up certain threads, while a well-executed final chapter promises a further installment. Schwab's characters are distinct, and she has a talent for conveying the connections between them. The mystery and waiting-for-the-other-shoe-to-drop sense of foreboding is sustained throughout. Wesley and Mac's romantic tension is palpable, and their dialogue is natural, with plenty of entertaining banter. While Schwab includes bits of explanation and flashbacks, readers will be better served reading this suspenseful and engrossing supernatural series in order. Danielle Serra, Cliffside Park Public Library, NJ SLJ"
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Victoria Schwab (www.VictoriaSchwab.com) is the author of several novels, including, The Near Witch-which Kirkus praised for its "shivery horror tang" and "extraordinary sense of place"-and The Archived, of which The Horn Book said "[Schwab] writes of death, sorrow, and family love with a light, intelligent touch and inventive vigor, and provides romance with a pleasing edge of unpredictability." When she is not wandering through foreign countries, Victoria can usually be found tucked in the corner of a coffee shop in Nashville, sipping tea and dreaming of monsters.
Derzeit tritt ein Problem beim Filtern der Rezensionen auf. Bitte versuchen Sie es später noch einmal.
Irgendwie erging es mir wie beim ersten Band, ich las das Buch unglaublich schnell weg. Ich weiß wirklich nicht woran das liegt. Dabei finde ich es nicht einmal wesentlich besser als so manch anderes.
Wie in meiner ersten Rezension schon bemerkt, handelt es sich um den typischen Aufbau von Young Adult Romanen: neue Schule (auch noch privat), der Rebell, der Schönling, das Mädchen was "besonders" ist. Eigentlich ein totales no-go für mich. Aber Schwab stellt damit wirklich etwas tolles an.
Die Romantik wirkt sympathisch und ist ein logischer Teil der Handlung und der Charakterentwicklung, sie übertrumpft nicht das eigentliche Geschehen, sondern fügt sich passend ein. Die Charaktere können für sich selbst denken und handeln und wirken durchweg nachvollziehbar und authentisch. Mac braucht niemanden der sie rettet, sie rettet sich mehr oder weniger selbst.
Auch das Mysterium der verschwundenen Personen ist angenehm verstrickt, man erfährt immer genug um die Spannung nicht zu verschenken.
Besonders schön finde ich, dass diese Ausgabe nicht das gleiche Schicksal einiger anderer erleidet, die nur als eine in die Länge gezogene Brücke zwischen dem spannenden ersten und letzten Band dient. Es wird nathlos an den ersten angeknüpft, die Ereignisse stehen in unmittelbaren Zusammenhang und wie es scheint, werden sie auch so in den Dritten überlaufen.
Sofern dieser erscheint. Soweit ich weiß wurde die Serie vom Verlag eingestellt und Victoria Schwab sucht einen Weg ihren letzten Band anders zu verlegen. Ich drücke ihr wirklich alle meine Daumen, ich würde zu gern wissen wie es ausgehen wird.
Mehr gibt es zu The Unbound auch gar nicht zu sagen. Mir fiel beim Beginn des Bandes auf, dass ich so gut wie gar nichts mehr aus dem Vorgänger wusste. So etwas passiert mir wirklich selten. Irgendwie husche ich durch diese Reihe durch, ohne dass etwas besonderes im Kopf an Wissen hängen bleibt, außer das Gefühl dass es angenehm zu lesen war und ich es nicht weglegte, haha. Wirklich seltsam was Frau Schwab da mit mir macht. Hab auch jetzt schon die Ahnung, dass das jetzige Wissen über The Unbound bald wieder weg ist. Mir kommt es fast so vor, als fließe alles in der Handlung zu einfach ineinander über, ohne besondere Ecken und Kanten, dass es sich nicht wirklich bei mir festsetzen kann.
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Title: The Dark Vault: The Archived and The Unbound
Author: Victoria Schwab
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Mackenzie Bishop's grandfather first brought her here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now her grandfather is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.
Follow Mackenzie as she explores the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking, through these two timeless novels, now bound together in this thrilling collection. With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Dark Vault delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.
Victoria Schwab is one of my favorite authors. I have read her Darker Shade of Magic Series, VIcious, and I am currently reading her Monsters of Verity series so I had very high hopes for these books as well. I had some issues finding it in the store though (I learned that they are going to be re-releasing these books as a set later on) so I ended up having to get it from my local library. I will be get it for my shelves later though. Before reading this series, I thought the concept of the dead being cataloged like in a library was very original. I loved the idea as I am a librarian myself and thought it would be neat to see how the lives of the dead were stored.
What I liked:
The idea of Histories and hunting for them was very original. When I first read the book cover, I believed that each History was going to actually be written down in a book and cataloged within the archive, so I was surprised when the archive was more like a morgue with the sleeping dead within that happened to wake up within the archive. I found that very clever and well thought out.
This book was written in first person and sometimes switched over into an almost diary like tone where Mackenzie recalled something from her past which helped the reader understand things that needed to be explained as they happened. It was a very small cast in the first book and then blossomed as Mackenzie started to branch out a little more allowing her character to develop from the first book.
The character development throughout the series was really well put together. None of them felt too flat and all changed, showing different sides as the story progressed. One character in particular captivated my attention with this was Wes. I really did find myself enjoying his character.
What I didn't like:
There were a few things in this world that didn’t quite make a lot of sense and didn’t seem to be explained all that much. One thing I thought could have been explained better was exactly how the Histories get out into the Narrows especially when there are librarians monitoring the area and making sure that they do not escape.
I really did enjoy the series, but I felt that it was rather repetitive at certain points within the book. There were times where sequences were nearly identical to one another and it could be a bit distracting for me. Also, rather than move the story along, it was rather like each time something was repeated it was because the characters were in a standstill situation.
Mackenzie Bishop: She wants to believe that she can take care of herself, and is too stubborn to really ask for help from others. I liked how she was independent, but something that threw me off about her was how she continued to push people away even after they had shown that they could be trusted and would understand what she was going through. Trust is a two way street and she only seemed to think that others should trust her without her trusting them.
Wesley: He was a really cool character. I loved his bubbly personality, but he was also quick to display his emotions. I really liked how he complemented Mackenzie.
Owen: Everytime he appeared within the book he made me nervous. He greatly paralleled Wes within the books.
The librarians: Some of them I liked and others I didn’t. They followed their rules and did what they had to to keep the Archive running smoothly.
Roland: I loved this character. I actually think that he was my favorite. He felt so relatable as a father like figure for Mackenzie when she needed it. He was firm with her, but was also willing to bend the rules some because he understood what she was going through with the death of her brother.
Da and Ben: Both of these two are dead at the beginning of the book so you don’t get as much of their characters as if they were still around, but it was interesting to see how their deaths and their pasts influences the character’s decisions through the series.
Mr. and Mrs. Bishop (Mackenzie’s parents):These two were not my favorites in the book, however I did sympathize with them. Both wanted to protect Mackenzie, but they also had their own agendas in a sense. Her mother seemed a bit scattered while her father seemed more put together, but still distant.
Overall, The Archived and The Unbound were very fast paced and held a certain mysterious aspect to it that I enjoyed. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a nice thriller mystery book series and On a side note, please go read some of her other books as well. Victoria is again one of my favorite authors.
If you're already a fan of The Archived, dare I say: The Unbound is even better!
- The writing is even more impressive as this author fine-tunes her skills with a vision and prose that surpasses her previous work. So many quotable passages in this book, guys. But, anyone who is familiar with Victoria's work really should not be surprised. Like a fine wine, this author only gets better with age.
- The emotional levels are through the roof. Victoria takes risks in how she treats her main characters. She forces them to deal with such issues as PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) due to the horrific events in book one. There were moments when I wondered if our main characters would be successful, or if they would just give up, give in or worse. Bonds of trust are severed and misunderstandings between family and friends run rampant within The Unbound. You will wonder who is right, who is wrong - and who to trust until the very last page. This books is both breathtaking and heartbreaking in its beauty, but you will love every page of it.
- In all but one case, the book is entirely unpredictable. Oh goodness, if I had to make comparisons, The Unbound is like a mix of Carrie by Stephen King, meets Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. Odd combination, I know, but you will understand one the plot and the psychology behind it come to light. Though I had a good idea who the villain would be in the end, I had no idea how they would pull off their devious plots. Suspense galore, my friends. Suspense galore.
- The pacing in The Unbound is a bit off at times, but is an improvement over The Archived. Mainly early on in the book when Mac goes back to high school and acclimates to her new friends and schoolwork is when I had issue with the pacing. Otherwise, once the meat of the story kicks in and all heck breaks loose, the sluggishness of the earlier chapters is quickly forgotten. I never once found myself wanting to put the book down, at least.
- Mac's depression occasionally dragged me down. But then again, I doubt that the emotional level and the story wouldn't have been half as interesting if it hadn't. Just make sure you read with a fluffy animal or with pictures of unicorns and rainbows around you. You might find that you need to pick-me-up.
Any other cons? Not really. But how quickly can we expect book three? With that ending, I know that things are going to get interesting...