by M.D. Waters
Series: Archetype #1
Publication date: February 6th 2014
Genre: Dystopian, Romantic Suspense
Source: eARC provided by publisher
in exchange for an honest review
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.
Emma, the main character of this tantalizing futuristic romantic suspense, wakes up in a hospital having no idea who or where she is. She’s got Declan, a sexy man at her side claiming to be her husband, and a doctor who runs more tests than a teen pregnancy clinic. We follow along with her as she learns new things and tries to recall what happened to her. All she knows is that she was in an accident, but has absolutely no memory of it. She’s surprised when the secretive Dr. Travista allows her to finally look at herself in a mirror. She was expecting to see a disfigured woman looking back at her, but she could’t be more perfect. So why is she still in the hospital? That’s unclear to her, as are most things in Emma’s world. She begins to hear a voice in her head instructing her what she can and cannot share with the people around her. Is it her subconscious self? Emma doesn’t know. She also has disturbing nightmares about her past, but she doesn’t know what they mean or if they’re really about her. She wants to get better and go home with Declan, but she also needs answers to the questions her dreams bring to her each night.
Archetype is nothing short of a whirlwind. M.D. Waters is an incredible storyteller and capable of building a dystopian world with the best. I was captivated from the first page, and although it wasn’t the easiest book to read, it was an extremely well-written and consuming tale. I was compelled to learn more about what was going on, who these people really were — the folks in the hospital as well as the ones in her head, and what had happened to Emma. I wanted answers as much as she did.
There was a lot going on in this story and at times it became a little confusing, but perhaps it was just the formatting of the ARC. I haven’t seen the final version of the book, but the flashbacks in the ARC weren’t differentiated from the rest of the text, and there were a lot of them. Don’t get me wrong, the flashbacks were absolutely necessary to push the story forward so I’m not complaining about them, but the way they were presented in the advance reading copy hindered the flow of the story at times.
My overall feeling: Archetype is a story full of sensational characters that you’ll both love and hate along with a mind-bending mystery that all fans of romantic suspense should read. It’s a keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat tale that will keep you flipping pages into the wee hours of the night. I will certainly be picking up the next book in this series!
~About the Author~
M.D. Waters lives in Maryland with her husband and two boys. She is a closet Housewives watcher, a wannabe goth-surfer with a side of nunchuck skills, and writes in her pj’s.
Oh, and she tweets too much.
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