I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Archetype by M.D. Waters
Series: Archetype #1
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Published by Penguin Audio on 02-06-14
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction
Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
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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...
I’m going to vague in my review because it will be too easy to spoil and ruin the plot if I don’t. Just know that I enjoyed Archetype very much.
Archetype might be labeled as Science Fiction but it could easily be labeled as a romance and/or urban fantasy as well. It has all the key elements, there’s a love triangle of sorts and there is some action as well. I think the series processes the heroine, Emma can be a kick butt chick.
I didn’t research Archetype much before requesting it for review. I saw that Khristine Hvam was the narrator and that’s all I needed to know. I thought it was a Young Adult book judging by the cover (I know. I know. Don’t judge a book by the cover). But it is NOT a Young Adult novel. It has some choice adult language and some sex scenes. So I was very happy to find this out. Not that YA is ban but I prefer my plots to be more adult in theme.
While at times the plot moved slower than I wanted it wasn’t due to the writing or narration. It was ME wanting it to hurry up and unfold so I knew if I was correct in my thoughts of what was going on. M.D. Waters drops us in the middle of Emma’s recovery making the reader just as lost as Emma. We learn with Emma while Archetype’s plot moves along which really helped me connect with Emma. I had tons of ideas of where the plot was going to take us and I’m happy to say one of my ideas was correct. LOL But don’t get me wrong Archetype is not easy to figure out and you will not be bored with it.
As far as the romance element Emma is torn between two men. Both love her and she loves them. I could easily root for either guy. Neither of them shines as the true hero. Both has their good points and their bad points. I feel like Emma will end up with one over the other but it’s going to be a hard road for everyone involved.
The way women are seen and treated in the world that M.D. Waters has created pisses me off. They are seen as breeders and things that can be bought. And then the way they “fix” some of the women like Emma it just horrible and yet interesting.
I’ve not read/listened to another book the likes of Archetype and I can’t wait for the follow-up novel, Prototype. I hope they stick with Khristine Hvam as the narrator, she totally nailed Emma and the world other her.