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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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Sci-fi, mystery, romance, dystopia...all in one!

STORY - I loved this book and found it hard to put down, but to say anything more than is in the publisher's summary would give things away. If you're a listener who insists on everything being plausible and making perfect sense, this may not be the book for you. You've got to enjoy a futuristic make-believe world and then adapt as everything turns upside down. And you must enjoy romance. That's not to say this is only a romance novel...far from it! But I will add that the steamy scenes are awesome! They're just the way I like them as a listener. Not too often, not too explicit, but very slow, sensual and romantic.

I do have one complaint about the book, however. There is a lot of switching from past to present, which in an actual book would probably be delineated by double spacing or even a new page. I don't know if the reader could have helped the situation or not, but sometimes one timeline would fade into another, which sometimes made things a little hard to follow.

PERFORMANCE - Khristine Hvan does a great job. I especially liked the way she read the intimate scenes, making them even more romantic.

OVERALL - Archetype has sex, cursing, mild violence, and subject matter that is probably not appropriate for young teens. I would mainly recommend this book for women because of the romantic aspect. This is the first book in a series of two books (at present.) This story ended wonderfully and can stand alone, but the ending will definitely leave you anxious to hear Prototype, Book 2.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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!

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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?

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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!!!!

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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.

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  • Necole
  • BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States
  • 03-16-14

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!

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Great listen!

Interesting with enough twists to keep your attention. Loved the characters & the history created in this story.

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One of the best audible books I've listened to

I purchased this book at first only because the narrator is one of my favorites. I thought at first I was not going to be happy with the purchase but found myself unable to stop! The narrator pulls you into the story as if you are watching it as a movie! Khristine Hvam does a wonderful job and if not for other life obligations I would of finished it in a day as I couldn't wait to see where the story was going for Emma... So it took 2 days! As soon as I am done with this review I will be starting book 2! Absolutely loved it and would recommend it!

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Good read

I really enjoyed this book because it kept me guessing. Normally, I can predict what will happen in about 98% of books and movies. I did not predict the twist in this book! That alone makes me give the book five stars. I liked the narrator and will definitely be downloading the next book in the series. I disliked the ending of this first book and am hoping the second/final book of the series will have a good ending. I very much loved the epilogue and would love a book to continue with that story! I recommend reading/listening to this. It is so intriguing you won't want to put it down!

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  • susan
  • Port Perry, ON, Canada
  • 07-27-14

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful