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Archetype

By: M. D. Waters
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
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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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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Confusing but entertaining

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Expected.

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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.

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Reader's choice: social commentary or sci-fi?

If you've read Atwood's Handmaid's Tale, you will sense some similarities with this book... maybe not directly, but there is a similar tone/setting. Waters is much less "literary" than Atwood, however, so you can enjoy the story as a relatively light read if you want... (or you can think more deeply about the underlying women's issues if you so choose). Oh, and it has a "fantasy" component that doesn't exist in the Handmaid's Tale.

I really enjoyed the story - it started off with a lot of gaps in where and what was going on but these were filled in as the story developed. Kinda in parallel with the main character's development, actually; she learned what was going on at the same time the reader did. The story was thoughtful and depressing at the same time... it's fundamentally a fantasy/sci-fi story (the central premise requires a suspension of disbelief) but the human concerns and underlying social issues are very realistic.

The narration was good. There is a bit of sex which was mildly detailed but not graphic and I don't recall much, if any, swearing. There is no overt violence. I will be reading the next book in the series.

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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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