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Series: Archetype #1
Published by Penguin on February 6th, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction, Science Fiction
Source: blog tours
Introducing a breathtakingly inventive futuristic suspense novel about one woman who rebels against everything she is told to believe.
Emma wakes in a hospital, with no memory of what came before. Her husband, Declan, a powerful, seductive man, provides her with new memories, but her dreams contradict his stories, showing her a past life she can’t believe possible: memories of war, of a camp where girls are trained to be wives, of love for another man. Something inside her tells her not to speak of this, but she does not know why. She only knows she is at war with herself.
Suppressing those dreams during daylight hours, Emma lets Declan mold her into a happily married woman and begins to fall in love with him. But the day Noah stands before her, the line between her reality and dreams shatters.
In a future where women are a rare commodity, Emma fights for freedom but is held captive by the love of two men—one her husband, the other her worst enemy. If only she could remember which is which. . . .
The first novel in a two-part series, Archetype heralds the arrival of a truly memorable character—and the talented author who created her. Look for Prototype, the second novel from M.D. Waters, coming July 2014.
The first 150 pages were a bit hard to get through because there wasn’t much to get excited about. Since it was the slow build-up of Emma’s character I plowed through and was finally rewarded with some action scenes. A tad predictable, but that ending was not. I can’t wait for the second one to come out so I can get my hands on it. It’s a little twist that will either get you angry or get you excited. I feel a bit of both.
Emma is so very robotic and I can understand why Waters wrote her this way. Also she never used contractions which was also an indicator that there was something more about her. Little clues here and there about her lack of emotion was why I realized that I was right later on. Being a science fiction fan, I had several theories, and one of them turned out to be correct. It’s still fun to be surprised and that ending definitely surprised me. Pacing was slow in the beginning and I had to stop reading for a bit to only pick it back up again. The second part of the book is where the story really starts to take shape and I found myself reading all the way to the end.
Love the world that she has set up. The infertility, the division, the dystopian-like society. It’s a mystery thriller that will have you wanting more.