Summary: 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.
Review: I’m throwing clichés here but I couldn’t come up with a decent introduction, so here it goes: Archetype by M.D. Waters was one heck of roller coaster ride. It’s too hard to second guess the intentions of the characters. And it was hard to pinpoint who is who, which I after I read the book I’ve realized that it was purposefully made that way.
Emma has no memories prior to when she woke up. Her husband, Declan Burke was filling the gaps for her. But what her husband was telling her was different from what she dreams. Until she met people who accused of her things; things that she still doesn’t remember. Things she can’t believe she did. Or she can actually do. And then there’s Noah Tucker who she feels familiar to her. Like the man on her dreams where she was in Mexico and supposedly in love with this person. And now she’s starting to question, when her dreams is starting to paint a picture of who she really was, and when she found out the truth it was neither what they told her—about herself.
It’s not just the story of a woman with no memories and her journey to recall them. That’s not all this book is about. There’s more to that but of course I’m very hung up on her finding about her lost memories, and to know who among those people are actually telling her the truth. You cannot paint the characters here in one color. Like for example, Declan, I’m very much passed my judgment on him. Despite the summary claiming him as Emma’s husband, I very much know that there’s a lot going on with this guy. And they’re not all good. But then again I remember her time with him; he was very attentive husband, and sometimes, for me, it felt like it wasn’t just a front. And his scientific quest on ceasing infertility and his principles behind it? Yes, the guy cannot be judged by one aspect alone.
And there’s Noah Tucker who seemed to be at first the bad guy, who sometimes emitted like he was mad at her; only for me to find out who he really was to her. But the biggest shocker was Emma’s persona. After she retrieved her long lost memories and she found the truth about herself, it was really shocking to say the least. I didn’t expect it, what a freaking twist.
My little gripe is the slow pacing of the story. It was only past halfway through when things started to roll. It took her long enough to process all the information, started questioning (and doubting) and most importantly keen for answers. But since the later parts were exclusively entertaining and very much interesting that I’m going to overlook it. Yeah, those interesting bits compensate the lack of thrill for the first half.
Oh man, the epilogue is reeling me to read the sequel already. After knowing how Emma survived and now in this situation, I wasn’t shocked that Declan managed to do the same thing. And now I was wondering and very much interested to know on his plans. No wonder there wasn’t any sense of chaos in the company he left behind. And with that I’m super ready for Prototype.
I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
Preview Quote: “It feels so real, which is the worst part. The not knowing is agony. ” – Emma