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Archetype | [M. D. Waters]

Archetype

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2014 M. D. Waters (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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    Katheryne MD, United States 02-11-14
    Katheryne MD, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2015

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Stunning Debut Novel"

    Hands down my favorite book so far of 2014. I loved this one, but it’s so hard to describe what type of book it actually is…Sci-Fi? Romance? Mystery? Dystopian Fiction? This book had everything including jaw-dropping plot twists and turns.

    I’m deliberately going to be very vague with this review so I don’t spoil any of the brilliant details of this book. The overall plot was not exactly new but it was presented with a fresh and unique perspective. From the very first chapter to the last I was hooked on this one and could not stop listening. Some might consider the middle of this book a little slow but it was essential to the build-up of the mystery. I thought I had this one all figured out but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I love it when a book surprises me.

    I can’t wait until Prototype is release this summer. Thankfully this is not a trilogy and I won’t have to wait a whole year to get the conclusion to this stunning and sensational story!

    5 HUGE stars!

    28 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    LadyVamp 02-14-14
    LadyVamp 02-14-14

    I love to read. Always have & always will. Audible makes it possible when I can't sit and read. Audio brings great stories to life!!!!

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    "MINDBLOWING!!!!!"
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    Okay, that was absolutely fantastic!!!!! I don't know, this one might be one of the best books I have read in awhile. Author M.D. Waters paints a picture that is all at once mysterious, suspenseful and intriguing. The story reflects around Emma who wakes with no memory of her previous life and has to depend on Declan, her husband, who she does not completely trust for answers. And then there is Noah, a man Emma believes she knows as well, but how does he fit into this bizarre picture? Who is actually telling the truth? Archetype is the type of book that will have your mind spinning. I just did not know who to believe or what was actually going on. Every time I thought I had it figured out the author would throw in another piece to the puzzle and completely mess me up again. When I actually found out what was going on I was completely floored!!!!! This is a spectacular novel from a very talented author that will take you on a ride you will not soon forget........ Just a warning Archetype is the first book in a two-part series and the second book Prototype does not come out until July......I am really not feeling the wait!!!!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Necole BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 03-16-14
    Necole BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A MUST PURCHASE!!!!!"

    I have never been into sci-fi books before but all I can say is I NEED the next book. So much went on during this story that it had me all over the place. Confused, happy, tears, OMG the tears…. I need to see what happens next.

    The narrator did an excellent job and the writer was amazing. Book had me from the beginning all the way until the end. Please tell me the next book is coming soon, I need it!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    R. Strader Colorado 03-04-14
    R. Strader Colorado 03-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Stale rehash of "Total Recall""
    What disappointed you about Archetype?

    Pretty much everything.


    What could M. D. Waters have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Could have used contractions instead of always using the longer and very stilted sounding forms.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No emotion. The men character's were not believable in any way. Sounded like she was reading something that was unfamiliar.


    Any additional comments?

    I could only take about one hour of this mind numbing nonsense and I had to delete it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa 02-27-14
    Leesa 02-27-14 Member Since 2015

    I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.

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    "Fantastic"

    Just AWESOME!!!!!!! I'm full of "Love It!!" for this book and "Can't wait for the next one!!" It swept me away into the future and kept my interest and imagination. That makes for a great listen. If you like Sci-Fi and Romance then I do believe you will like this one.The sexual situations are not too graphic but when the book is this good, who cares?

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 07-27-14
    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 07-27-14 Member Since 2014

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Not your average love story...."

    Girl wakes up with no memory. What is real? What isn't? Is this guy her husband? Just when you think she's figured it out. Bang. Another plot twist.
    Great listen to while away the week.

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    Alana Lee Rock Austin, TX 09-01-14
    Alana Lee Rock Austin, TX 09-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Will Give You a Good Book Hangover"

    I've seen slightly mixed (but edging towards the favorable side) reviews on this, so when I saw this available on a BOGO sale at Audible I figured, "Why not?" Ended up listening to it almost immediately (within a day or two of purse) and I was hooked. You've got 'futuristic' elements such as intensive holograms and teleporters, you've got romance, you've got mystery as Emma tries to figure out herself, her dreams, her lost memories of her husband and her life before an 'accident', add a hospital and dystopian world and stir.

    I can't give away much, because - you know- spoilers! But my heart ached, physically ached after finishing this book. I was crying, I was so touched and emotional that even my husband was asking me just from one minute on the phone, "What's wrong?" I finished my book and it tore my heart out in the best way- that's what's wrong!

    I don't often get a book hangover, but this one left me so raw that I had to balm my soul with some music, and then it turned into an Archetype playlist of sorts... and I had to share:

    Going Under ~ Evanescence
    Untouchable Face ~ Ani Difranco
    Hold On ~ Sarah McLauchlan
    Yellow ~ Coldplay
    Broken ~ Seether featurig Amy Lee
    Ever Fallen in Love (with Someone You Shouldn't) ~ Buzzcocks
    Romeo and Juliet ~ Dire Straights
    Pictures of You ~ The Cure
    In Dreams ~ Roy Orbison

    I NEED Prototype (the next book in the series) but I'm fearful of it at the same time. If it cuts me like Archetype did, I may not survive it. Although, death at the hands of a book might be a great way to go...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Arsen 05-21-14
    Arsen 05-21-14
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    "Confusing but entertaining"
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Expected.


    Any additional comments?

    Slow start, little hard to follow when the story jumps back and forth and from main story to back story within the same scene. Also, hard to identify characters when names interchange with first and last names specially when there are many characters that come and go or have little part in the story. This was one of the books that you have to try listen in one swoop. If you try to listen or read in parts ( in my case during my 35 min commute) it will be hard to remember if you skip days in between. Overall I finished the book. I liked the SciFi and the futuristic dystopian angle. Midway the book it came clear and with typical ending.
    Like I rated 3 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alejandra Costa Rica 05-09-14
    Alejandra Costa Rica 05-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book!!"

    Wow, that’s what comes first to my mind when I was listening to this book. The way the plot unravels and I as a listener started to tie the strings of the story as is been reveal blew my mind all along.

    More than suspense romance (which the book does have), I’ll say it's a Sci-Fi or Dystopian Fiction, but it's certainly a book that keeps you interested and entertain through it; can’t wait for the second book, Prototype, to be released.

    Only down for me is the speed of the narrator, but fix it by setting my device speed at 1.25X and then it was perfect; hence the 4 stars in performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie M. New Hope, PA United States 03-30-14
    Debbie M. New Hope, PA United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "I wanted to like this book based on the reviews..."
    What would have made Archetype better?

    Tighter editing to cut it by at least 30%!


    What was most disappointing about M. D. Waters’s story?

    Confusing when characters were sometimes referred to by their first name and sometimes by their last name.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Daydreaming while listening to the endless sections of Emma's innermost thoughts. And I'm not even a guy.


    Any additional comments?

    This is comparable to a chick flick ... appealing to some, but not to me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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