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Archetype: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

What can I say about Archetype? The premise sounded interesting

What can I say about Archetype? The premise sounded interesting when I first read it. I mean I thought that I would like it, but I was unprepared for how much I ended up enjoying it. Even when I put the book down to go about my day, I was still thinking about the story ...
What can I say about Archetype? The premise sounded interesting when I first read it. I mean I thought that I would like it, but I was unprepared for how much I ended up enjoying it. Even when I put the book down to go about my day, I was still thinking about the story and its characters. I loved it.

Emma is a 26 year old woman who lives in a world were roughly a hundred years ago a war erupted. Women in the west are free to live their life whereas women who live in the east like Emma are few and far between. Women are only considered worth marrying if they are fertile and men are desperate to claim and manipulate them. 

Emma is such a fighter. I loved that about her. She goes along with some things, but she does ask questions and she is relentless when it comes to finding out about her past and who she is. 

Just when I thought I knew what was going on or what was about to happen, turned out I was wrong. I think that is the re-occurring theme in this book. Expect the unexpected. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me on my toes. I don’t want to reveal too much, because this is a book where you will want to discover things for yourself. 

Archetype is the very first futuristic science fiction suspense/thriller story-line that I have ever read. I am glad I decided to try something a little new and different. Everything flowed at a great pace. The flashbacks of Emma’s past and the goings-on of her present didn’t confuse me even a little bit and I enjoyed getting to know Emma’s life. Pieces were sprinkled in, little by little until I began to see the bigger picture.  And that ending? Left me wanting more…like now. Thankfully the second and last book in this series, Prototype releases July 24, 2014. Not too long of a wait. 
Readers who enjoy Futuristic Sci-Fi Thrillers will like this one.




**I received this book on behalf of the Publisher in exchange for nothing but my honest opinion. Thank you**

posted by TheLifeofaBookAddict on February 6, 2014

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Plot spoilers

Why do spoilers think they have to reveal every last detail of thebook then brag how they got their book for free for their so called honest review? You spoiled the book for those of us who have to buy our book. Thank you so much for that. Please give some thought and c...
Why do spoilers think they have to reveal every last detail of thebook then brag how they got their book for free for their so called honest review? You spoiled the book for those of us who have to buy our book. Thank you so much for that. Please give some thought and consideration to the other readers before you write a readers digest condensed version of the book in your post. The rest of us would like to read a book and be surprised by what we read....not have you ppl read it and tell us what happens.

posted by 8888649 on March 16, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    Great concept

    Interesting topic turned to an intriguing story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

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    Wow! This book is a sleeper if ever there was one! I wasn't ex

    Wow! This book is a sleeper if ever there was one! I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. What a great first novel it is for M. D. Waters. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel, "Prototype" which comes out this summer. I highly recommend you read this one soon.

    A sort of combination Stepford Wives and Frankenstein's daughter, this is a thriller that kept me guessing until the last chapters. It's a powerfully imagined story with a brilliant love triangle mingled in. The book is fast-paced and catches us up with a couple of viewpoints that are haunting and heart-breaking.

    Ms Waters use of characterization is strong. It is easy to identify with the main female character, Emma, as she works to sort out her strange existence. And, I felt a great deal of sympathy for her husband, Declan, although it may have been misplaced! Such was the golden touch of this writer.

    Haunting and eerie, this is a book that will keep your interest for hours. I found it very difficult to put down. Its futuristic theme makes one think...feminist issues are at the core of the book.

    There's a twist that's killer at the end making me die to read the sequel! A great weekend read.

    4 stars Deborah/TheBookishDame

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    intense!

    Great edge of your seat book, cant wait ro read rhe sequel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Engaging, fast-paced, future world

    Archetype by M D Waters

    Emma wakes with no memory of her past. As she recovers, she is told that she is the wife of Declan, a powerful man. She grows to love Declan and they begin their life together. But Emma is keeping a secret from Declan and the doctor who has been monitoring her recovery - she gets flashes of another life that conflicts with what she has been told by her husband and the voice in her head keeps telling her not to trust him.

    Set in a future world where the US no longer exists, female births are a rare occurrence and fertile young women are raised in centers to be “wives” to those who can afford it, Water’s novel revolves around the ideas of freedom and choice for women. As Emma begins to remember more, the audience glimpses the reality of the world Emma’s husband is trying to keep her from - one where women are sold to the highest bidder, where there is a resistance movement and her husband’s company is making technological strides but at a cost few would want to pay.

    Narrated by Emma, the novel moves between her present and flashes of her past. The flashbacks are well paced, and intriguing enough without being confusing. As the past is filled in and things begin to make sense, Emma has a chance encounter from someone from her memories, but their reaction to her makes her question those memories and she is less sure than ever about her past and who she is. Ultimately, she has to decide what and who she wants, and who she is.

    Overall, Waters tells a good story. The characters are believable and the story unfolds at a good pace. I was not particularly surprised by the ‘twist’ but Waters left plenty of clues and I think the surprise was more for the characters than the audience. The book was somewhat reminiscent of Atwood’s Handmaids Tale and more recently, Hillary Jordan’s When She Woke, as speculative fiction based on the story of one individual caught in a dehumanizing system. While lacking Atwood’s brilliant wordplay and political insight, Waters still touches on hot topics like runaway science, the role of women, and personal identity in an interesting way. The story doesn't get bogged down in the science and the big political arguments about it, but is much more engaged in the personal toll of that science.

    While tying up the novel satisfactorily, it definitely sets up the sequel due out this summer. Archetype is a good, quick read - part thriller, part sci-fi, and part journey of self-discovery with a dose of thought provoking ideas to keep things interesting.

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    Posted July 29, 2014

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    Posted March 17, 2014

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