Thursday, July 17, 2014

Early Review: Prototype (Archetype #2) by M.D. Waters

Release date: July 24, 2014
Published by: Dutton Adult
Source: Digital ARC, Edelweiss
Author links: Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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.

*Slight spoilers for those who haven't read Archetype*

Protoype was even better than the debut! The story was emotionally charged and Emma's struggles with her identity and where she fit into her new life had me glued to the pages. Is she Emma Burke? Emma Wade? A wife and a mother or an independent woman who just wants her freedom? 

The story begins with Emma's search for her parents and the action begins shortly thereafter. She is being sought after by the same people she previously escaped from and Emma has no choice but to run and hide. But there is only one place where she can truly escape their reach and that's with Noah Tucker. She's reluctant to run back to him for a number of reasons, but her life depends upon it.

What I was most anticipating about this sequel was the relationship development between Emma and Adrienne. Of all the complicated situations that Emma has had to face, I knew her future with Adrienne would be one of the most difficult, especially now that she has been away for so long. Her transition from stranger to mother was filled with drama, as expected, and Emma had to deal with feeling more like an intruder than a parent thanks to Sonya's role in their lives. She also had to deal with her feelings toward Noah and differentiating between which parts of her life were Emma Wade's and her own. 

I was a little confused at times because it seemed as if she wanted to separate herself from Wade when she should have been trying to cope with the melding of the two. After all, she only existed because of Wade. Her life, her memories, her child, her true love were all there because of this other woman. But part of her difficulty with these things were what made this so interesting, even if her attempts at reasoning with it didn't always make sense to me. 

Overall, I thought Prototype was a fantastic sequel. It was filled with complications and Emma had so many obstacles to overcome. In the end, it was all worth it because she receives her happily ever after. I don't know if Waters plans on writing more stories set in this world, but if she does I will be the first in line to read them.


Maji Bookshelf said...

I am SO excited for for this book! I read Archetype last month and it was such an interesting book! I don't understand why Emma feels like an intruder since she's basically still the same woman but with a different, artificial body. SO SO excited! thanks for this review :D

- Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

This is the second review I've read of this book. And I don't remember the first one. I have to go looking into it. Thank you!

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