Author: M.D. Waters
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Dystopian Fiction
Series: Archetype, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A fantastic dystopian debut with something for everyone--a hot love triangle, a kickass heroine, a patriarchal society hell-bent on owning women, great pacing--Archetype was a refreshing change! Highly recommended!
This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
In Emma Burke's world, women are few and far between. Even worse, there are even less women that are fertile. And for the most part, she's happy with her life. Her husband, Declan, powerful, seductive, and charming, has given her everything she's ever wanted. Only problem is, there's a little voice in her head, telling her that it's all wrong. And her nightmares tell her that there is some truth to what that voice is saying. Unwittingly drawn into a frightening web of power, secrets, and lies, Emma must figure out who's telling her the truth, and who she is, because time is running out..
What I enjoyed:
-I loved the pacing of this novel--I was immediately sucked in and I couldn't put it down--twists and turns abounded!
-I loved the way that this novel was narrated--though strange and different, I really enjoyed the style, it made the book really intense
-The chilling new dystopian country in which Emma finds herself--I had chills more than once--fans of The Handmaid's Tale will love this novel
-Emma, the young woman who is trying to uncover the mystery of who she is--docile and passive at first, but who grabs a gun and goes down fighting--I loved her, and I really related to her--her character development was well worth it!
-Declan, the seductive, powerful man who seems to be hiding something sinister under that charming, sexy facade--I really liked him as a character as well
-Tucker, that mysterious figure from Emma's past that initially triggers a rebellion, and a revolution--I really felt for him too
-Dr. Travista, a man who seems to have Emma's best interests in mind, but like Declan, hides something chilling
-Foster--he was actually one of my favorite characters in the whole thing
-The ending--I can't wait to figure out what happens in Prototype!
What could've been better:
-At times it was really hard to follow because the narrative moved so quickly
-I wish more had been explored in the dystopian element of the novel
Overall, Archetype was a great thrill ride--an amazing read! I really liked it. A new favorite. Next on deck: Prototype by M.D. Waters!