4.5 stars Seduce my mind and you can have my body, find my soul and I m yours forever AnonymousArchetype opens with that gorgeous quote and I find it completely fitting for this riveting story My emotions were strung up tight and all over the place throughout this read I read all 384 pages in one sitting because I could not set this book down I started the sequel which is the final book immediately after finishing, because I HAD TO KNOW what happens Emma wakes up with no memories whatsoever 4.5 stars Seduce my mind and you can have my body, find my soul and I m yours forever AnonymousArchetype opens with that gorgeous quote and I find it completely fitting for this riveting story My emotions were strung up tight and all over the place throughout this read I read all 384 pages in one sitting because I could not set this book down I started the sequel which is the final book immediately after finishing, because I HAD TO KNOW what happens Emma wakes up with no memories whatsoever, the only thing she knows is that she s Declan s wife He s kind and patient, and Emma has no reason to question him, except her inner voice and dreams Emma has dreams and nightmares showing another life contradictory to what Declan and Dr Travista tell her She dreams of a Noah, a man who scares her she dreams of happy times on the beach in the arms of a man who she desperately loves, a man who is definitely NOT Declan She also dreams of growing up in a Women s Camp and being treated like merchandise or worse.Emma questions what she can trust, and struggles as memories and dreams keep coming Still, everything Declan does seem to show he loves and cares for her and Emma tries to shove everything aside and let the attraction she feels take over, settle into her life and move on When Emma meets a living, breathing Noah, she knows that she hasn t conjured up some of these scenarios, and must sort through what is real.It is really hard to write a review and express my thoughts without spoiling things, but I ll do my best Archetype is set in a futuristic world but one I could easily picture We already have the beginnings of some of the science described now, making this world believable to me On some levels the type of injustices done to women that are described are happening today, which is completely disturbing and made my skin crawl with the possibilities I felt for Emma and she brought out my protective instincts from the get go I wanted to shield her and punish anyone who dared to harm her There were times I wanted to shake her and say look at the truth in front of you but then I d put myself in her position, and I really couldn t fault her Emma really showed strength and courage, and kept it together while I d probably have been an incoherent, babbling mess Plus, not is all as it seems to Emma or the reader For much of the book I thought I had things figured out, and I did have some of it right, but I was surprised and thrown for a loop when all things were revealed Declan seems so very nice, patient, and perfect, which immediately stirred my suspicions Even with my doubts it was evident that Declan did really care for Emma, but this is the kind of book where you suspect everyone, so I was still on high alert I m not sure what I could say about Noah without spoiling anything, so I let you figure him out when you read this It s evident from the description there is a love triangle I DETEST love triangles, but this one did not upset me I wasupset by the revelations about Emma and how it related to the romance I was rooting for There is an obvious choice, IMO and I think the reader is steered in that direction throughout much of the book I have to say my heart ached for Emma by the end sniff I can t write this review without thanking the lovely Lauren Love is Not a Triangle for recommending this series to me I can t believe this is a debut novel Bravo, M.D Waters This story was amazing and I ve been consumed with it for the last two days I m almost done with Prototype While this doesn t end with a cliffhanger per se, I felt very fortunate to have book two on my Kindle so I could start it immediately You can find this review andat The Readers Den TL DR Three out of five stars The book has a really strong core concept and really good writing, but there are significant issues with characterization, worldbuilding, and theme that detract from the novel Full disclosure I received an ARC of this book from Penguin.I thought this was an interesting book that, while enjoyable, suffers from what I often call first book problems The first half of the book is a bit of a slog, but things improve markedly by the end I think Waters has the pote TL DR Three out of five stars The book has a really strong core concept and really good writing, but there are significant issues with characterization, worldbuilding, and theme that detract from the novel Full disclosure I received an ARC of this book from Penguin.I thought this was an interesting book that, while enjoyable, suffers from what I often call first book problems The first half of the book is a bit of a slog, but things improve markedly by the end I think Waters has the potential to be a powerhouse genre author, but in Archetype, she sometimes overreaches herself.This book s biggest strength is in the quality of the writing Waters has a strong, unique, and distinct authorial voice though it took me a bit to get used to her style, I certainly thought it worked in terms of tone and tempo I was also very impressed with the way Waters handled the temporal narrative transitions That is a difficult technique for even seasoned writers, but Waters handles it with aplomb The shifts were smooth, easy to follow, and enhanced the story s flow rather than hampered it I also thought Waters language was lovely and appropriate it set the perfect tone for a sci fi dystopia From the sentence structure to the word choice, Waters deftly uses connotation and denotation to color the narrative Beyond that, I thought the book was tight considering its plot arc The actual sequential pacing works though I think the book opens unnecessarily slowly, buton that later and shows the hand of a deft editor Additionally, Waters has an intrinsic understanding of tonal and pacing shifts the way she writes fight scenes strongly differs from scenes where Emma is alone or contemplative This was such a breath of fresh air it gets tiresome to read sci fi novels that lack nuance Structurally, Waters decision to use a first person perspective enhances the feeling of disquiet within the story itself I was initially a little concerned about the choice, but within a few chapters, it had grown on me By the end of the novel, I found Emma s limited perspective to be essential thematically That said, there are some issues with the story, some minor and others significant On the smaller end of the spectrum, as much as I loved the language of the story, there were times when it could cross the line from powerful to overwrought For example, there s a moment where Other Emma recollects that With each passing day, I grew to regret the sunset no matter how progressively beautiful the atmospheric effects became 97 Not only is that statement a mouthful, but it s a goofy mouthful apowerful sentence might read something like this With each passing day, I grew to regret the sunset, no matter how beautiful it was Again, this isn t a systemic problem Because the writing is so good on the whole, these moments stick out like a sore thumb.The book s most significant issue comes in the form of exposition It is often clunky, like when Toni says, I m Toni Reece and I m about to make your life here a lot easier 29 It s an unnatural piece of dialogue, and the fact that it comes so early in the story is off putting More to the point, necessary narrative exposition is often missing Knowing what Emma thinks and feels is essential for creating sympathy with the reader, and the decided lack of useful or relatable exposition in the early parts of the book are a real stumbling block to that end For example, Emma doesn t freak out given that there is a whole separate person speaking to her in her head She clearly knows enough about the human condition to understand that disembodied voices aren t normative, and yet she seems comfortable or, at least, unperturbed that she s talking to herself Likewise, Emma s love for Declan is never quite believable It lacks depth if you compare her descriptions of the way she feels about Noah to the way she feels about Declan even before she discovers the truth, there s much less power She just sort of loves him without any real justification to the reader That internal narrative is so, so important If we are going to believe that Emma has to make difficult choices by the end of the book, we first have to believe that she feels strongly for Declan in spite of herself Likewise, we need to feel what Emma is feeling throughout the first two thirds of the story, not just after she discovers her deep, dark secret The story s plot twist is interesting in fact, the whole book improves markedly after that reveal , but it could be earth shattering for the reader if he she only cared about EmmaThe best way to do that is by making the reader feel what Emma does, and you do that throughexpository descriptions That issue leads to another problem the love triangle feels contrived Rather than being invested in Emma s right to choose whom she loves, which is an important thematic point for the story, Declan is very obviously not the right choice from page one Waters is too heavy handed in pushing the reader toward Noah, so when Declan declares his affection for Emma, it already rings hollow Likewise, Declan s fate at the end of the story also lacks power since he goes from being slightly unlikeable to completely unsympathetic A lighter hand withemphasis on the grey areas of both Declan s and Noah s lives would serve better here.And that leads me to the last two significant issues, which are actually fairly major for a science fiction novel worldbuilding and themes The worldbuilding in Archetype is surprisingly weak Although I understand Waters decision to only reveal information to the reader as Emma herself discovers it, its actually quite unfortunate Even after finishing the book, I m not sure I understand the machinations of the world behind the WTCs and the Resistance It s hard to figure out whether we re dealing with futurism or an alternate reality likewise, it s difficult to know why the Resistance is well resisting What do they want What is their goal Andto the point, why do WTCs exist outside of maintaining patriarchal power There were also significant holes in terms of technology For example, Emma s broken finger is healed with a laser, but her body hemorrhages and there s no advanced medicine for this People can teleport, but we still use tablet computing Cell phones still exist in any iteration I mean, we can already implant people with optical cameras you don t think that telecom technology will be seriously altered in one hundred years Even if you re making up the world, you still have to consider that social, economic, and natural forces still exist Thus, the world in Archetype isn t really believable because it doesn t really exist it s just a two dimensional backdrop for the characters and themes I m not saying that there needs to be pages and pages of description I would actually point to The Road by Cormac McCarthy as an example of a book that does the same thing Archetype does It reveals the qualities of the world in small, concise chunks, but the reader still closes the book with a total understanding of McCarthy s post apocalyptic landscape.Thematically, I found Waters use of cognitive dissonance at the beginning of the story to be clunky and ineffective Waters could stand to lookstrongly at Lacanian and Freudian ideas of identity acquisition people establish their selfhood the same way they always do, futuristic society or not What Waters is trying to do with her discussion of humanity, autonomy, gender, agency, and selfhood is interesting, but she never fully realizes these ideas Instead, she tries to address too many themes at once Doing so makes her never fully flesh out any of them in fact, she often introduces contradictory messages For example, we are clearly supposed to see cloning for fertility as an ethical abuse Obviously, what happens to Emma is wrong, but what about Lydia s choice How is that different from suicide Beyond that, teleportation seems to be a parallel issue If Emma steps into a teleportation tube and is reformed with completely new molecules on the other side, is she still Emma This is inherently the same question that Waters poses with cloning, but she offers a different answer Another muchtroubling example is the way Waters handles rape When Emma believes she was raped and tortured, she is completely emotionally overwhelmed She feels violated and questions how she could ever forget such a heinous act However, when Dr Travista essentially medically rapes her, Emma wakes up completely unfazed Thus, Waters offers contradictory evidence about how women should feel about the invasion of their bodies Again, this is because Waters is trying to do too much with too many themes though I think her discussion of identity is muchimpactful after Emma s big reveal, there is muchpotential for strong and important commentary in this story.All in all, this book was entertaining if not a bit thematically overreaching I will say that I enjoyed it muchafter the significant plot twist, and I ll be interested to see how Waters refines and or enhances her plot, world, and characters in the series next installment I d give this book a comfortable three out of five stars Emma was in an accident that has robbed her of her past While convalescing she is introduced to Declan Burke, her charming and handsome husband whom she does not remember Declan is devoted and attentive but Emma is still having a hard time adjusting post trauma Haunted by disturbing dreams Emma turns to painting easily creating lush seascapes that lull her into a false sense of security When Emma s recovery is deemed acceptable she is sent home to the mountains with Declan The two fall int Emma was in an accident that has robbed her of her past While convalescing she is introduced to Declan Burke, her charming and handsome husband whom she does not remember Declan is devoted and attentive but Emma is still having a hard time adjusting post trauma Haunted by disturbing dreams Emma turns to painting easily creating lush seascapes that lull her into a false sense of security When Emma s recovery is deemed acceptable she is sent home to the mountains with Declan The two fall into an easy partnership with one another but something is off Emma s dreams still undo her dreams of the WTC and of a man named Noah She begins to wonder if her dreams are only that or if they could mean the destruction of her entire world This book redefines the phrase trophy wife Archetype poses several frightening views of a possible future were women are bought and sold like merchandise Every mandate about what they do with their bodies is strictly regulated by men As such a woman s body does not belong to her It belongs to her husband and he is within his legal rights to do whatever he wants with his property It is a grim outlook of a future that could someday become reality Archetype is a dazzling debut, a very sharp book It has such a dignified air to it, a beautiful poignancy in the writing But the beauty is a skin deep mask threatening to expose itself at any moment Beneath the surface is a haunting, corrosive tension that eats the reader alive It makes the reader nauseous in the best possible way This is one of those books that seeps into your consciousness It breeds discontent It forces one to ponder the possible what if What if this book was true and this grim outlook implied a probably future for women What if this is what our genders have to look forward to the selling of sex in the most literal way.This book this book There are nowords for this book 5 out of 5 stars review courtesy of www.bibliopunkkreads.com 2.5 starsFrom the few reviews I m seeing here, 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 pers 2.5 starsFrom the few reviews I m seeing here, 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.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.Blech.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, anda case of Not My Type Of Story Thank you to Edelweiss for a copy of this ARC. Initial reaction I ll admit I enjoyed so much of this novel, and I felt for Emma s experiences throughout the novel Sci fi mystery futuristic thriller with quite a few WTF moments.Full review Archetype might be one of my favorite stories of recent memory for the kind of story it portrays There are elements of it that are familiar to stories I ve read, but M.D Waters captures Emma s experiences with a vibrant, vivid, and sensual The story revolves around Emma having no memories in a futuri Initial reaction I ll admit I enjoyed so much of this novel, and I felt for Emma s experiences throughout the novel Sci fi mystery futuristic thriller with quite a few WTF moments.Full review Archetype might be one of my favorite stories of recent memory for the kind of story it portrays There are elements of it that are familiar to stories I ve read, but M.D Waters captures Emma s experiences with a vibrant, vivid, and sensual The story revolves around Emma having no memories in a futuristic environment, where she s established as the wife of a very wealthy, yet secretive husband Declan She s said to have been in an accident that left her in horrible shape, but as Emma starts wading through the fog of her dreams and teasing internal clashes, she realizes there s not only another person whom she holds closer to her heart than Declan, but also there ssinister actions behind the people who are supposed to be her allies and loved ones It takes the novel a bit to reach the point where Emma starts to put the pieces together, but I ll admit the journey watching her get to that point and then act against the forces pushing against her was well worth the wait The novel hasthan a few curveballs to throw at the reader Some of them I definitely saw coming, but there were others that even threw me for a loop as Archetype marched to a stunning conclusion I went back and forth on my rating of it, but in the end, it s the kind of sci fi story that completely pulled me in and I loved for what it offered I m definitely looking forward to reading the follow up book Excellent audio narration from one of my favorite readers Khristine Hvam.Overall score 4.5 5 stars 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum was not a book I thought I d like I mean, dystopian, romance and amnesia isn t a cocktail I d normally go for But this book ended up being surprisingly enjoyable.We begin with an introduction to Emma, our protagonist who wakes up in a hospital with no memory of who she is A kind and patient caretaker introduces himself to her as Declan Burke, and BOOM also drops the bombshell on her that he is her husband De 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum was not a book I thought I d like I mean, dystopian, romance and amnesia isn t a cocktail I d normally go for But this book ended up being surprisingly enjoyable.We begin with an introduction to Emma, our protagonist who wakes up in a hospital with no memory of who she is A kind and patient caretaker introduces himself to her as Declan Burke, and BOOM also drops the bombshell on her that he is her husband Declan helps with her recovery, filling inblanks, but Emma finds herself having strange, vivid dreams of a traumatic past Sometimes, her subconscious mind also remembers happier times with another man, a man who is not Declan and these dreams fill her with both love and fear.Emma tries to put it all behind her and get her life back on track, assured by Declan s presence and protection, until one day she comes face to face with the other man in her dreams And just like that, the illusion is shattered.The dystopian future of Archetype is believable and well written, with several features that make it sufficiently intriguing yet disturbing Humanity is on the path to extinction, with fertile women being a tiny minority of the population This has led to serious social implications, especially for women, who are guarded very fiercely and in many cases are treated like rare commodities to be bought and sold.But while this provides a fascinating backdrop for the story, the setting and in fact the world building in general is probably not the novel s strongest aspect, nor do I think it was meant to be Instead, the focus is on characterization, particularly when it comes to Emma s personality and the way she deals with her amnesia The main draw of the story for me was the progress of her recovery and regaining her memory Her transition from a scared, trusting newly awakened patient to a wiser andquestioning skeptic made her feel very real to me, because I imagine these are the logical steps someone in her position would go through Towards the end, Emma is no longer content to take everything at face value or accept Declan s words as the truth, especially when the inconsistencies start piling up Declan is also much too perfect, which raised alarm bells for me early on, and Emma eventually begins to grow suspicious as well.I probably wouldn t call Archetype a Romance, or at least I don t believe it fits in the traditional sense of the genre, even though much of the story is charged with very passionate feelings and there are a couple very hot and heavy sex scenes Needless to say, the relationship dynamics between the various characters are paramount to the plot and its themes It made for an emotional novel, and that along with the fantastic development of Emma s character had my heart going out to her at as certain revelations came to light in the climax and conclusion.Granted, this is not a terribly complex book, and despite the many dream sequences and flashbacks, the plot and themes don t vary too much But for all of that, it worked for me The world building and probably wouldn t be enough for hardcore Science Fiction fans, and not surprisingly there were many moments where I was left wishing there weredetails about the technology and history of the world of Archetype Still, Waters wrote a great book here, and it s my feeling that she was not aiming for hard sci fi, instead going for atmosphere and acharacter driven novel What you end up with is a straightforward book that knows where it wants to go, and I thought it was actually quite effective I am looking forward to the conclusion of this two book series in the sequel Prototype 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 GEE, I WONDER.This book was nothingthan YA dystopia written for adults And it s only for adults because of the characters ages and a couple of sex scenes.Nearly everything the main character does is based on the word of someone else She has these flashbacks and she can t tell if they r 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 GEE, I WONDER.This book was nothingthan YA dystopia written for adults And it s only for adults because of the characters ages and a couple of sex scenes.Nearly everything the main character does is based on the word of someone else She has these flashbacks and she can t tell if they re dreams or memories and it s SO FRICKIN OBVIOUS Predictable is too mild a word You don t even have to read this book to know how it turns out.The romance was SOOO BOOOORINGG, which is unfortunate because all the drama hinged on it This book had so much potential but it was so unbelievably shallow, with a phoned in plot and meh writing There was absolutely nothing convincing or compelling about this book.I m not at all interested in the sequel 4.5 STARSWhat a fantastic book This is a combo of sci fi and dystopian fiction, but also very much a romance I loved everything about this book It was fast paced, intelligent, thought provoking and considering the topic at hand, easy to follow I found myself trying to figure out everything right along with the heroine, Emma I don t want to get into the plot because this truly is a book worth jumping into The synopsis isthan enough going in, so don t read too many reviews and spoil th 4.5 STARSWhat a fantastic book This is a combo of sci fi and dystopian fiction, but also very much a romance I loved everything about this book It was fast paced, intelligent, thought provoking and considering the topic at hand, easy to follow I found myself trying to figure out everything right along with the heroine, Emma I don t want to get into the plot because this truly is a book worth jumping into The synopsis isthan enough going in, so don t read too many reviews and spoil the awesome sauce this book was coated in What I loved was how we slowly get painted a picture of what is going on It was a genius move on the authors part because by the midway point, you can t put his down Actually, within a few pages I was hooked The last third was incredibly tense and had me panicking over all the possible outcomes This does end in a cliffy, but have no fear, the sequel, Prototype, is already out I m immersed in this futuristic world and am diving right into said sequel The only thing, only thing I wantedof was world building I wanted details of how what we know as North America, had been fragmented in such a way Anyways, this was awesome, a fantastic edition into the sci fi dystopian world And again, for you romance lovers out there like me, there s a plenty Introducing a breathtakingly inventive futuristic suspense novel about one woman who rebels against everything she is told to believeEmma 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 herselfSuppressing 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 shattersIn 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 Look for Prototype, the second novel from MD Waters, coming July I read this because a friend reviewed it and I was intrigued by some plot elements she mentioned And if you re a hater troll who enjoys harassing reviewers, please bear in mind that my friend thought this book was just okay and I wanted to read it anyway And then I ended up really enjoying it So piss off.If you re a hater, I mean If you re not, do please stay Here Have a cup of tea Darjeeling or English Breakfast I d offer you some chocolate, but I m hiding it I MEAN, we re all out Com I read this because a friend reviewed it and I was intrigued by some plot elements she mentioned And if you re a hater troll who enjoys harassing reviewers, please bear in mind that my friend thought this book was just okay and I wanted to read it anyway And then I ended up really enjoying it So piss off.If you re a hater, I mean If you re not, do please stay Here Have a cup of tea Darjeeling or English Breakfast I d offer you some chocolate, but I m hiding it I MEAN, we re all out Completely Sorry.Anyway This book.It grabbed me and pulled me through and kept me up too late until I emerged, blinking in the sunlight.I realize there are weak spots in the plot The world building is weak, although that can perhaps be forgiven in a story narrated by an amnesia victim I liked the frequent flashback visions, but I can understand why my friend found them annoying And there s at least one scene in which the main character is face to face with the man who can answer all her questions and she doesn t ask him anything I ve been running into this a lot lately, and it makes me want to smack someone Stop being lazy, authors And don t think readers don t notice this sort of thing Unless your name is Jane Austen, you re not allowed to write a book that would be over in two pages if the main characters had one blunt, straightforward conversation And if those characters do find themselves alone together and it would be inconvenient for your plot if they have a heart to heart chat, don t have them start talking about the weather, or the interesting color the sky is this time of year Throw a hand grenade in the room with them or something.But none of this ruined the book for me I found the story absorbing I loved one scene where the author made it look as if the narrator would need a big fat deus ex machina or at least some manly man to save her and gave a broad hint as to whom that dude might be , and then surprise view spoiler She rescues herself I don t even know if that counts as a spoiler I just really wanted to try the spoiler hiding text thing I never have before Okay, back to the review hide spoiler And I love that the writer had enough faith in her readers to include a really odd detail without ever directly addressing it I m a word nerd, so it struck me right away that the narrator never uses contractions I thought this might be her way of implying the future have you ever seen that in science fiction Everyone speaks very formally, because apparently that s what we re all headed towards But in Archetype, all the other characters speak normally, contractions and all, except the narrator Call me a dork with adorable blue eyes, but I loved trying to figure out what the heck was up with that And I love that the author doesn t answer that question in so many words She just supplies enough information for readers to be able to figure it out for themselves.I was worried when I learned this book was the first of a projected two parter So many authors seem to be starting their first novels with intriguing questions, spending the book reminding you of how mysterious it all is, and then saying at the end, Boy, I ll bet you really want some answers NOW, don t you Better buy the next book And I never do, because I hate that This book ends when it ends I really want to know what the main character goes on to do, and how much she ends up able to remember I already have the sequel on hold at the library and I m first in line, woohoo But the author answers the big questions while leaving plenty of room for a next novel.So take that, trolls Negative reviews sell books