- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Dutton (Feb. 6 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525954236
- ISBN-13: 978-0525954231
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 581 g
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,462,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Archetype Hardcover – Feb 6 2014
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Praise for M.D. Waters and Archetype:
"Archetype is the literary equivalent of a big-screen blockbuster with its beautiful but deadly heroine, tragic love triangle and grim futuristic setting. The closest thing in print may by Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, but Emma is Offred with mixed martial arts training...Archetype finished with a cliffhanger made even more tantalizing by Dutton's promise to publish the sequel, Prototype, in six months. The prospect has me more excited than the next "Hunger Games" movie." - Associated Press
"Emotional involvement powers this absorbing gothic thriller in science fiction trappings." - Publishers Weekly
"Readers looking for a great thriller with a strong female protagonist mixed with a hint of science fiction should pick this up immediately." - Library Journal (starred review)
"Waters has created a fascinating world in this well-plotted tale. A sequel, Prototype, is set to follow in less than a year. Definitely a writer to watch." - Booklist
"A twisty, thought-provoking futuristic tale that unnerves and enthralls." - Family Circle
"Clear your calendar, turn off your phone, and inform your loved ones that you'll be taking a few hours to yourself. Once you get started, you will not want to put this book down." - HeroesandHeartbreakers.com
"I love reading debut novels because I want to find the next awesome author that's going to shake up the reading world. And that's what is going to happen with M.D. Waters's first book Archetype, coming out in Feb 2014. Twenty pages into the book I knew I wouldn't be getting much sleep until I finished every last page and re-read a few more. It will probably be categorized as sci-fi, and it is, but it's not too far off from the reality we all can understand. Oh, there are some changes, and you learn more about them as you go, but really, you will just fall into the complex storyline and puzzle along with the heroine as she tries to figure out what exactly has happened to her life. This is a high concept, high adventure, steamy love story with plenty of action and violence. I am still dreaming about the characters, which makes me very happy to have learned that the author's second book will be coming out in July 2014. I will absolutely be the first person in line for it."
—Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO
"M.D. Waters has given us that rare and wonderful action heroine who possesses both nerve and emotional depth. That rich characterization combined with an intricately crafted sci-fi mystery made Archetype an enthralling debut that I couldn't put down."
–#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Richelle Mead
"This is one of those unforgettable, breathless books you want all your friends to read."
—Kym Havens, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, Massachusetts
“Archetype is outstanding! While reminding me of Marge Piercy, George Orwell, and Margaret Atwood, this book takes off on its own from the very beginning . . . . The holographic texture of this story is absorbing and peels away at dystopia—creating something else entirely. M.D. Waters is her own cup of tea that I can’t see anyone putting down.”
—Emily Wilson, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva, North Carolina
"[A] dazzling debut....This is one of those books that seeps into your consciousness. It breeds discontent. It forces one to ponder the possible 'what if?' "
—Krys Tourtois, Schuler Books and Music, Lansing, Michigan
"A mystifying tale that tiptoes up and grabs you by the throat....With writing that is supremely confident, Waters builds the tension slowly and Emma's doubts and secrets multiply until the haunting explosion of the truth."
—Susan Wasson, Bookworks, Albuquerque, New Mexico
"Archetype is can't-put-it-down, up-all-night-reading fantastic. Emma is an endlessly fascinating, deeply compelling narrator, and I loved every moment I spent in her head."
—Sarah Holt, Left Bank Books, St Louis, Missouri
"A chilling, action-packed futuristic thriller....Like the works of Margaret Atwood, Archetype has kept me thinking about it and the questions it raises long after having turned the last page."
—Billie Bloebaum, Powell’s Books, Portland International Airport, Portland, Oregon
"Archetype is a thrilling and engaging story, with lots of plot twists and mysteries to keep readers excited and entertained. I would definitely recommend this book to other readers who enjoy anything from science fiction to romance... this book has it all."
—Katherine Konishesky, RJ Julia Booksellers, Madison, Connecticut
"Archetype is a thought-provoking novel that will appeal to science fiction lovers and romance readers, alike."
—Ellen Klein, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, Virginia
About the Author
M.D. WATERS lives with her family in Maryland. Archetype is her first novel. Its sequel, Prototype, will be published in July 2014.See all Product description
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A woman finds herself with a man that loves her and gives her everything that she needs in life. Her only duty is to produce a child. She can't remember what her early life was before now. There are some fragments and things she does by instinct. This makes her question what is going on and seek out the truth.
This is not the first story I have read where the women are treated differently in a post apocalyptic world. It won't be the last as this is an interesting topic to look at. How will mankind react to such a situation. This is one idea. The character of Emma is well developed as we see the story from her point of view. We feel all that she feels.
There were some points in the story that were a bit confusing. WE were never really told what caused the current situation to arise. Maybe the author did not think it was necessary for the current book.
I would recommend the book.
Warning: Has sexual explicit scenes.
Love the world that Waters has set up. The infertility, the division, the dystopian-like society. It’s a mystery thriller that will have you wanting more. This is A Handmaid’s Tale and I, Robot all rolled into one. The varying degrees of social caste and even the simple way people teleported had me squealing with glee. I loved the futuristic technology, especially the holograms making it feel as you were there.
The first 150 pages were a bit hard to get through because there wasn’t much to get excited about. Since it was the slow build-up of Emma’s character I plowed through and was finally rewarded with some action scenes. A tad predictable, but that ending was not. I can’t wait for the second one to come out so I can get my hands on it. It’s a little twist that will either get you angry or get you excited. I felt a bit of both. I didn’t understand the love triangle nor did I like any of her suitors. I felt that Emma could have done better and in the end she does just that.
Emma is so very robotic and I can understand why Waters wrote her this way. Also she never used contractions which was also an indicator that there was something more about her. Little clues here and there about her lack of emotion was why I realized that I was right later on. Being a science fiction fan, I had several theories, and one of them turned out to be correct. It’s still fun to be surprised and that ending definitely surprised me. Pacing was slow in the beginning and I had to stop reading for a bit to only pick it back up again. The second part of the book is where the story really starts to take shape and I found myself reading all the way to the end.
Overall, a wonderful new adult, sci-fi mystery that will have any fan raging for the next book! That cliffhanger ending.. AHHH!
I loved the world building, partially because it was reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale, which is one of my favourite books of all time. It will disturb you but unfortunately will not surprise you. In the future imagined by Waters fertility is way, way down. Which makes fertile women a rare commodity. And the world proceeds to treat them as such – property to be bought and sold. Girls are raised in what are essentially work camps and rich men can bid on them. It’s disgusting and disturbing but I have no doubt that if this fertility situation were to arise a similar set-up wouldn’t be far behind. Maybe not so extreme but enough for Emma’s society to give you the shivers.
The way Emma is set in this world was really interesting. We get two different versions of the same character at the same time. Who she is when the story starts – a confused, disoriented, shell who believes everything her husband tells her and who she was before her “accident.” Her previous self speaks to her both mentally and through dreams and helps her rebuild her memory bit by bit. In the beginning it is difficult to become attached to her because she is so one dimensional, but you got tiny glimpses of who she could be, which was awesome and made you want to learn more.
The only thing I couldn’t really get into was the love story element. I liked it and it did add an interesting dimension to the story but ultimately I thought both of her potential love interests were wrong for her. It’s hard not to be immediately suspicious of Declan and I’m not impressed with how Noah treated Emma for part of this novel. However, that being said I found both Declan and Noah to be very interesting characters overall. They both had some very complex motivations, which resulted in a number of surprising plot twists.
Overall Archetype is a very intense read that is a mixture of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and S J Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep. It’s an incredibly addictive read that will leave you begging for more – especially after that ending. And the best news? We don’t have to wait long for the sequel, Prototype, because it will be out this July!
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