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ARCHETYPE by M.D. Waters | Book Review

In Books on 09/02/2014 at 5:10 PM

‘I will do whatever it takes’

When I finished this book (at 4am in the morning) I was like… damn! Honest to God, I never would have read “Archetype”  if it wasn’t provided as a review copy by the lovely people over at Dutton. Why? Because I don’t deal with dystopian/sci-fi novels but you know what I don’t regret reading this book, at all.



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. . . . 



I can verify that “Archetype” is in fact breathtaking and very very very inventive, and if you read the book and find this to be a lie feel free to send me the most insulting email you can think up. It’s set in future USA at a time when the world we know has long been dead. We are introduced to a woman, who I got to like pretty fast and her  devoted, (HOT) and loving husband and she appears to have quite the life. The key word there is “appear”. “Archetype” is about the remarkable Emma Burke trying to piece back her life, trying to figure out what is real and what is not. That is all I am saying because spoiling this book for anyone would just be cruel.

‘Just be careful. Nothing about your life is safe’

Waters is one of the finest storytellers I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing in my life. Every single word in this book was where it was supposed to be. She is so fluid at weaving a story in a way that I can’t even understand, there I was trying to figure out where she was going with this, my theory was so far off that I was rightfully embarrassed, when Waters decided to drop the bomb. And boy was that bomb big and jut pure genius. Waters is also a boss at character development, the level that she’s done this at is unheard of in first in a series novels. And the fact that this is a debut, just makes it even more impressive.

‘God knows I feel as if I’m looking at a miracle, that I’ve dreamed these past horrifying months, but I see the truth every damn day’ 

The foundation of “Archetype” by itself is so solid and so unique, that Waters didn’t need to make this book over dramatic, she didn’t need extraness, badly aimed subplots and down right stupid cliffhangers. Every string in “Archetype” tied up together in a nice solid ribbon and that right there is beautiful.

I hope that in the second book “Prototype” which comes out in freakin’ July as in THIS July (can’t wait! can’t wait!), Waters tells us more about the kind of world that Emma lives in, I personally am intrugued about how it got to this point in time. I’m not even gonna gonna guess what happens in “Prototype” Waters is  way too good. “Archetype” is found wherever books are sold, get your copy. NOW.

“I am merely water sliding over stone and no matter how hard he tries to keep me, I will soon be gone. At least I feel this fleeting. Like glass blown to its thinnest point. Beautiful and shinning and sold. Delicate. Shatterable.”

Until we meet again, Miss More.

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  2. I hope you liking this dystopia means that you will give Divergent a chance… because you should.


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