Saturday, July 12, 2014

Dual Review: Archetype (Archetype #1) by M.D. Waters

Release date: February 6, 2014
Published by: Plume
Book Links: GoodReads | Amazon | B&N

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.

Archetype is an intriguing futuristic sci-fi debut with a mystery that immediately drew me in. It kept me wide awake and reading all through the night.

The concept behind the story is unique and stands out from anything I've previously read. We follow a woman named Emma as she spends time inside of a hospital while being physically and mentally rehabilitated. She is unaware of the accident responsible for her current state and is unfamiliar with the man who claims to be her husband. Through his guidance and sessions with her doctor, she slowly gains a sense of who she is and what her life was like before the accident...or so she thinks.

Initially I found it difficult to like Emma's character because I was having issues with her dialect. She often sounded too formal, a bit robotic even, and it kept me from being able to warm up to her. Eventually though, I began to feel like it fit with her personality so it became less of a problem for me.

One of the many things I enjoyed about Archetype, aside from the suspenseful mystery, was Emma dealing with the voice of her inside her head. It was confusing, intriguing, and kept me glued to the pages. Listening to her revealed small clues about Emma's former life and it created an interesting relationship between the two because Emma wasn't sure that the voice of her could be trusted.

If you're a fan of mystery, suspense, complicated relationships and complex story lines, then I would suggest giving Archetype a try.

From the few reviews I've seen, I'd say I'm definitely in the minority. Everyone else seems to love this one. Anyway.

I didn't enjoy the story, and I had a hard time caring about the main character. Possibly because she had no idea who she was for the first 80% of the book. Without a strong sense of self, she just seemed like a shell who allowed things to happen to her. Which, I think, is what the author was going for. It just went on too long for my personal taste. If her real personality had emerged sooner, I think I would have been able to get into the story a bit more.

Then there's the fact that I hated her true love and her husband. Not so much at first, but by the end of the book I was hoping there was going to be another option besides either of those guys.

The writing isn't bad at all, but I was really bored the entire time I was reading this. However, I think this is less a case of Awful-Book, and more a case of Not-My-Type-Of-Story.

M.D. Waters lives in Maryland with her husband and two boys. 
Her sci-fi/thrillers, Archetype and Prototype, will debut from Dutton Books in 2014.


Braine TS said...

Love this dual review, guys! On one hand, I totally get what Cat is saying. I'm fascinated with mental dysfunctions so I think I'll find that entertaining. On the other hand, if she's still grasping at straws or what not by 80%, I think I'll be echoing Anne's thoughts.

Happy Sunday, ladies!


Thanks! It's funny how two people can feel so differently about the same book.

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