ARC Prototype by M.D. Waters – 5 Stars

Prototype (Archetype #2)


Book #2 Archetype Series (Is it really a series when there is only two book? Not sure what to call it… )

Release Date July 24, 2014

I received this book from the publisher thought Net Galley for an honest review.

Book Synopsis:

Emma looks forward to the day when she can let go of her past—both of them. After more than a year on the run, with clues to her parents’ whereabouts within her grasp, she may finally find a place to settle down. Start a new life. Maybe even create new memories with a new family.

But the past rises to haunt her and to make sure there’s nowhere on the planet she can hide. Declan Burke wants his wife back, and with a little manipulation and a lot of reward money, he’s got the entire world on his side. Except for the one man she dreads confronting the most: Noah Tucker.

Emma returns to face what she’s done but finds that the past isn’t the problem. It’s the present—and the future it represents. Noah has moved on and another woman is raising their daughter.

In the shocking conclusion to M.D. Waters’s spectacular debut, Emma battles for her life and her freedom, tearing down walls and ripping off masks to reveal the truth. She’s decided to play their game and prove she isn’t the woman they thought she was. Even if it means she winds up dead. Or worse, reborn.

My Review:

This ‘series’ has been a whirlwind ride from the moment I won a copy of Archetype to review last year and I can’t believe its over.  I’m not ready for it all to end!  I want to know more.  I don’t want to leave this world behind.  There is so much potential for more stories in the world Ms. Waters has created.  Sure Emma and Noah’s story is wrapped up and I’m satisfied with how we leave them, but there are more characters I adore, answers and changes needed for this world that I could explore this universe for several more books.   Please!

Prototype picks up around a year and half after Archetype ends with one hell of a cliffhanger.  We are again in Emma’s head and much of this story centers on building up the chemistry between her and Noah, in the last book we get her and Declan together.  In my last review I was torn about how I felt toward these two men that claim Emma.  Sure Declan was set up to be the bad guy, but I could see he was more a made monster then a natural one.  This book does little to redeem Declan and that is my only disappointment with the entire series.  I would have liked him to turn out different, in character and outcome, but I understand every story needs a bad guy and he played his part well.  I just grew a little attached to him in book one is all.  Like I said though this story is Noah’s and we got to know him quite a bit better.  He surprised me with how vulnerable he was and am impressed by the person he is/was/became.  Emma spend much of the story comparing her two selves and wondering how it affects other’s feelings towards her.  Is she the same person as she was before, or is she a different Emma?  Does she have right to reclaim her life post-cloning.

I believe the story is a sci-fi with a dystopian leaning in it, but I feel at its heart this is a romance.  The love triangle dominates the story line with just a hint of something more at the edges.  I would have loved to explore these edges, hence my pleading for future books.  The world Ms. Waters created is very interesting and captivated me with the questions it brought up.  How did the world come to this point?  How did women loose their rights?  How is the world broken up now?  What of the government?  How did people stand by and let this happen?  What about the environment?  Answers to these questions would be great and I would like to see the world grow and watch as women regain their rights.  Also what of the clones?  What will become of their futures and their rights?

I don’t want to give too much away so I am going to end the review soon.  I ended the story in tears, happy ones.  It was a hell of a ride and much of it I sat with dread not knowing how events were going to play out.  I could so see things going several ways and I felt as if I was constantly on the verge of having my heart smashed into million little pieces.  There were highs and lows, twists and turns,  plenty of action and parts that made me think.  I come away from this book wondering how I feel about personal rights and what really makes us who we are.  Is it our genetic make up, our memories, our choices or something more?   And how does that all affect how we love?


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