Welcome to my weekly blog meme where I share pre-blog book reviews with you all. This week I’ve decided to pick Archetype with you all cause I managed to score an ARC copy of the next book Prototype! I’ve started book two and am already more then 100 pages in and hope to finish tonight or early tomorrow. So far I’m enjoying book two as much as book one and can’t wait to see how this story plays out. Anyway here is my review for Archetype.
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I received this book from the publisher through Penguin’s First to Read program for an honest review.
Read from December 22-25, 2013
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 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.