Review: Archetype by M.D. Waters

I was so excited when Penguin Canada contacted me to ask if I wanted to participate in the Archetype Blog Tour. The synopsis of the book sounded really interesting and I was excited to be able to read this novel from debut author M.D. Waters. I definitely was not disappointed with this book!


Title: Archetype
Author: M.D. Waters
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: February 11, 2014
Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Source: Received from Publisher for Blog Tour
(** Review and thoughts are my own honest impressions**)


5 hippos (out of 5 hippos)

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.

About the Author (from Goodreads):
M.D. Waters lives in Maryland with her husband and two boys. She is a closet Housewives watcher, a wannabe goth-surfer with a side of nunchuck skills, and writes in her pj’s.

Oh, and she tweets too much.

My Review:

Imagine that one day you woke up in a strange bed with a man you don’t recognize sitting near your bed. Imagine being told bits and pieces about your past, but having other flashbacks that don’t seem to match. Imagine not knowing who to believe or who you can turn to for help…

Archetype was no only a really interesting novel to read it was also written really well. I enjoyed the character development and the structure of the entire book. It was cool to have the “flashbacks” that Emma was experiencing intertwined in the ongoing story line. It allowed the character to have her flashbacks as necessary without causing too a disjointedness within the story. Not only were these flashbacks much appreciated, but the entire story had very vivid descriptions which helped to create an amazing story.

Almost upon starting the story I felt really sorry for Emma. My heart broke when she woke up and didn’t even recognize her own husband. I can only imagine what that would be like. She must have been scared out of her mind. From that moment on, I felt a connection to Emma and I felt almost motherly toward her, wanting everything to work out and be okay with her life. I also really felt sorry for her when she implied that she was being watched constantly. This gave the impression of Big Brother watching constantly, and as though she didn’t really have her own life or any privacy. One thing I found with Emma was that I was surprised she didn’t get more frustrated with everything. I know I would have been ridiculously frustrated with her situation and would have reacted differently. Perhaps she reacted the way she did simply because she did not have her memory.

The story was such a great plot and had so many twists and turns, I did not want to put this book down. I really had no idea where M.D. Waters was steering the entire story and really wanted to find out what was going to happen. I felt like this story had bits of The Handmaid’s Tale woven into the story- such as the camp where girls were trained to be wives. It was interesting to see the way the story came alive and scary to think that this could happen in the future (Although I really hope that this is not how the world turns out to be!).

M.D. Waters really outdid herself with this debut novel. The writing style, the plot, the characters, everything just worked so well together. I was impressed and definitely cannot wait to read her next novel Prototype.

Part love story, part mystery, and part science fiction, Archetype has it all and will be a winner among a wide variety of readers!


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