Feb 122014
 
Review: ArchetypeArchetype (Archetype #1) by M.D. Waters
Published by Dutton on Feb 6, 2014
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was an exciting and mysterious story. It was an amnesia story that was firmly rooted in science fiction, offering a little bit of everything.

While it was easy to figure out that something was wrong with Emma’s situation, it was much harder to decipher what those things were. Declan seemed like an attentive and loving husband, and yet there was also something sinister about him. Emma’s nightmares were much too vivid to be real, and were difficult to reconcile with her current position.

The worldbuilding itself was simple yet effective. I wish that more of the world was explained, mostly the history of how things had reached the point that women were rare and closely watched as prized possessions. It was relatively easy to figure out how the world operated at the time of the story, and while it was logical and understandable, a little more history would have been great.

Overall, this was intriguing and perplexing, in a very good way. I wasn’t able to guess all the twists and turns, especially since some of them were classic science fiction, but each new development was extremely enjoyable. This is the first in a duology, and while the story stands alone quite well, I can’t wait to read the conclusion.

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