Archetype

Archetype

by M. D. Waters
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Archetype 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
IAmy More than 1 year ago
First off I should probably say that I won this book from Penguin Books First to Read program. I bid on several books, but am SO glad I was given this one to read. Now on to the review. The story was well written and had plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing. You are in Emma's head and know nothing of the world only to learn how things work along the way with her. Through about half of the book we have two Emmas, one brand new to the world and one that has her memory but is locked inside the new Emma, but once she starts to learn the truth of her situation her personality blends into one and we lose the duel Emmas. She is a strong character that is torn between the lies and truth. She doesn't know who to believe, trust or love. She is torn between Declan and Noah, and even after finishing the book I am too. I know one of them, hell both of them have done things to make them the 'bad guy' depending on your p.o.v., but still a part of me wants both of them to win. From what I learned in another series there is always three sides to every story, yours, theirs and the truth that lies someplace in the middle. Both men are a product of their environments and the world they live in and I am not ready to condemn either one of them just yet. I want to know more.  This was great, and what a cliffhanger at the end, definitely going to be keeping an eye out for the next book. About half way through the book I had to look up the author's page on Goodreads to see what else she had written. Was surprised to see this is her first book! Then I looked at her read book list and compared books, 72% of the same titles read for what we rated. No wonder I loved this story. I am definitely a fan and am going to be recommending this one to my friends. The book reminded me of The Handmaiden's Tale and many of the dystopian novels that are popular in the YA books, but this one is written for adults. Not that I don't think some mature younger readers won't enjoy it as well.  Bottom line, it is a great story that brings up some interesting ideas about society and control and what is acceptable for the greater good. It has plenty of intrigue, romance and plot twists. It moves at a good pace and kept me reading when I should have been doing something else. Thank you for the excellent read Ms. Waters, I can't wait to read more.
TheLifeofaBookAddict More than 1 year ago
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**
Daphne8802 More than 1 year ago
Archetype is one of those rare books that transcends its genre. If you're like me sci-fi isn't usually on the top of your reading list. Yet I LOVED this story. What makes Archetype such a fantastic read is that you don't have to be a fan of the genre to get sucked into the story. There's plenty of futuristic advancements for those who love that about sci-fi, but it never makes the average reader feel like they're living in a world they can't possibly relate to. (Think "Back to the Future 2" with far more danger & intrigue, way less cheese, and no Michael J. Fox) The action is fast paced and the mystery of who the bad guy really is, and the suspense on whether or not Emma will figure it all out before its too late, means this is a story you shouldn't start late at night if you have somewhere to be early the next morning.With a complex-in-her-simplicity main character you can't help but root for and several swoon-worthy men (who for all their swoon-worthiness still come with the inherent flaws of men) Archetype is definitely worth the read. You won't regret it. Promise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how this book has a mix mystery, romance, tension, adventure - all wrapped in dainty paper with a razor sharp bow. The storyline is tight and flowing with unexpected surprises you never see coming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book. I can not wait for the sequel.
YvonneLH More than 1 year ago
AMAZING read! i love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting topic turned to an intriguing story.
ElaineReads More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely amazing book. It is also an extremely disturbing book. Set in our future, the United States no longer exists. It has been divided between the East and West. This story takes place in the East where women are the property of their husbands. Human fertility has been on the decline for decades and only women who are able to have children can become wives. Wives are second class citizens at the best and the unmarried women have it even worse. Emma suffered a terrible accident which left her without any memories. She is under the care of a doctor and her husband Declan. All she knows is what they have told her. Fortunately, Declan loves her and is unfailingly kind and gentle with her. She knows they had a wonderful relationship (after all, he told her so) and begins to fall in love with him again. But what about her dreams? Emma has dreams (or nightmares) about another life and another man. She doesn’t know who he is, but she knows she loves him even more than she does Declan. What she doesn’t know is what is real. As you can tell, I loved this book. It reminds me a little of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, another truly disturbing book about women’s roles in a dystopian future. It doesn’t have a cliffhanger ending, but I cannot wait for the sequel. Prototype is due out on July 24, 2014 and I will definitely read it. DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A page turner! Reading prequel then the last book Prototype• Can't wait
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Humbee More than 1 year ago
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
MouseyBL More than 1 year ago
Oh wow... I don't know how to review this or where to begin. I am not even sure on how to do it without spoiling the book, but I will try. Emma wakes up in a hospital with no memory what so ever from what happened before she opened her eyes. All she now knows is what this man Declan, who claims to be her husband tells her about her past. But her dreams shows her another life, life with another man who isn't Declan. Life of war and a camp for girls who are trained to be the perfect wives and love that transcends everything she ever knew. I haven't read an Adult Dystopia yet and I was pleasantly surprised. It has science-fiction elements in it because the story takes such a long way into the future into a world divided and where it's the West versus the East. Where there is an abundance of man, and not enough women to go around and fertility rates are astronomically love. The science-fiction elements weren't hard to follow M.D Waters does an amazing job explaining them. Not only that but M.D Water does an fantastic job overall. The story is compelling from the first breath of the first chapter and it doesn't let you go. Riveting and emotion, M.D Waters has taken me for a ride I don't think I will forget. I found myself alongside of Emma wanting answers, wanting to know the truth behind her dream, memories or nightmares and who the other man Noah is to her. Thought I did have an idea what was going on in the first few 100 pages that only scratched the surface of what M.D Waters had in store for me in the end. Her writing was wonderful, the story well woven and an ending that had me gasping in tears. All of M.D Waters characters were I loved Emma, and I couldn't help rooting for her to find the answers. To find Noah. To find herself. Beautiful story, heart-breaking ending. There was really only one thing I struggled with, but remembering that this was science-fiction was the key. It was in the end and kind of the whole big point of the story, so I cannot go into it without spoiling the book. But it didn't take away from the story for me at all, I have decided that in the end it made it original, imaginative and creative! I was surprised that it is a duology but at the same time glad, because that means in the next six months the next book is here and I'll get to learn the the conclusion of Emma's Fate! I for one, cannot wait. Thank you Dutton Adult for providing me a physical copy in exchange of an honest review.
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This story is set in the future. It was pretty goid. Worth reading.
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