Archetype (Archetype, #1) by M.D. Waters

Archetype (Archetype, #1)

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 . . .   In the stunning first volume of a two-book series, Emma wakes with her memory wiped clean. Her husband, Declan—a powerful and seductive man—narrates the story of her past, but Emma’s dreams contradict him. They show her war, a camp wh...

Details Archetype (Archetype, #1)

TitleArchetype (Archetype, #1)
Release DateJun 24th, 2014
GenreScience Fiction, Dystopia, Romance, Fiction, Adult

Reviews Archetype (Archetype, #1)

  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    He sighs and slows to a stop. “There are a lot of things about the world we live in that you don’t understand. Things you’ll find out in time.” This is such a strange book. I didn't hate it, but it was just too much, too confusing. This book is like a strange mixture of Gone Girl and The Handmaid's Tale.For me, this book was so anachronistic. I liked it, and I didn't like it. It was somewhat original while being completely predictable. Th...
  • ♥Rachel♥
    4.5 stars. Seduce my mind and you can have my body, find my soul and I’m yours forever.—AnonymousArchetype opens with that gorgeous quote and I find it completely fitting for this riveting story! My emotions were strung up tight and all over the place throughout this read! I read all 384 pages in one sitting because I could not set this book down. I started the sequel which is the final book immediately after finishing, because I HAD TO KNOW ...
  • Krys
    Emma was in an accident that has robbed her of her past. While convalescing she is introduced to Declan Burke, her charming and handsome husband whom she does not remember. Declan is devoted and attentive but Emma is still having a hard time adjusting post-trauma. Haunted by disturbing dreams Emma turns to painting; easily creating lush seascapes that lull her into a false sense of security. When Emma's recovery is deemed acceptable she is sent h...
  • Anne
    2.5 starsFrom the few reviews I'm seeing here, I'd say I'm definitely in the minority. Everyone else seems to love this one.Anyway.I didn't enjoy the story, and I had a hard time caring about the main character. Possibly because she had no idea who she was for the first 80% of the book. Without a strong sense of self, she just seemed like a shell who allowed things to happen to her. Which, I think, is what the author was going for. It just went o...
  • Ashley
    TL;DR: Three out of five stars. The book has a really strong core concept and really good writing, but there are significant issues with characterization, worldbuilding, and theme that detract from the novel. Full disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from Penguin.I thought this was an interesting book that, while enjoyable, suffers from what I often call "first book problems." The first half of the book is a bit of a slog, but things improv...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum was not a book I thought I’d like. I mean, dystopian, romance and amnesia isn’t a cocktail I’d normally go for. But this book ended up being surprisingly enjoyable.We begin with an introduction to Emma, our protagonist who wakes up in a hospital with no memory of who she is. A kind and patient caretaker introduces himself to her as Declan Burke, and BOOM! al...
  • Rose
    Initial reaction: I'll admit I enjoyed so much of this novel, and I felt for Emma's experiences throughout the novel. Sci-fi mystery/futuristic thriller with quite a few WTF moments.Full review:"Archetype" might be one of my favorite stories of recent memory for the kind of story it portrays. There are elements of it that are familiar to stories I've read, but M.D. Waters captures Emma's experiences with a vibrant, vivid, and sensual. The story r...
  • Didi
    4.5 STARSWhat a fantastic book! This is a combo of sci-fi and dystopian fiction, but also very much a romance. I loved everything about this book. It was fast paced, intelligent, thought provoking and considering the topic at hand, easy to follow. I found myself trying to figure out everything right along with the heroine, Emma. I don't want to get into the plot because this truly is a book worth jumping into. The synopsis is more than enough goi...
  • Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
    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. . . .GEE, I WONDER.This book was nothing more than YA dystopia written for adults. And it's only for adults because of the characters' ages and a couple of sex scenes.Nearly everything the main character does is based on the word of someone else. S...
  • Deborah Markus
    I read this because a friend reviewed it and I was intrigued by some plot elements she mentioned. And if you’re a hater-troll who enjoys harassing reviewers, please bear in mind that my friend thought this book was just okay and I wanted to read it anyway. And then I ended up really enjoying it. So piss off.If you’re a hater, I mean. If you’re not, do please stay. Here! Have a cup of tea. Darjeeling or English Breakfast? I’d offer you som...
  • Kathylill
    Archetype is one of those books that simply was perfect for me. In short it reminded me a lot of the dystopian science fiction movies "The Island" with Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor and "Children of Men" with Clive Owen which was based loosely on P. D. James's 1992 novel The Children of Men, in which two decades of human infertility have left society on the brink of collapse. Archetype explores a future in which fertile women have devolved...
  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    I was so excited about this book before I read it! I had heard really good things about this book. Now that I've read the book, I am just as excited but now I'm excited to tell you all about it. If you like sci-fi and dystopian books and you're looking for a really good story to get totally and utterly engrossed in, this is the book for you. Let me put it this way, I started it an afternoon after work and had to stay up late to finish it because ...
  • Heidi
    Five stars: A riveting, can't stop read that blends sci-fi, suspense and thriller, that will leave you pondering on it for days to come.Emma blinks her eyes. Someone is peeling back her eyelid and shining a bright white light in her eye. Where is she? Who is she? How did she get here? For the next few weeks, Emma is confined to a hospital room. She has no memory of her previous life, nor does she know how she got here. The one bright spot is Decl...
  • Jasprit
    With pressure from Lauren, Rachel and Joy to start this series, Rashika and I finally decided to pick Archetype up and let me just say I can totally understand why this book was a favourite for them. I was the worst buddy reader ever (sorry Rashika), I ended up gulping this book in a few sittings, it was that darn good.I’m always eager to read books that deal with memory loss so I was thrilled that Archetype was one of those books that dealt wi...
  • Tabitha
    4.5 / 5Forget everything you've knownArchetype introduces us to Emma and her situation is just that, she knows almost nothing about where she is, who she is, and what events brought her to this place. Basically, all she does know is what's told and taught to her by the people in the hospital she woke up in. A man named Declan claims to be her husband and that she has had a terrible accident. One that has taken all of her memories and practically ...
  • Ben Babcock
    Huh, so it appears I’m not the only one to liken this to The Handmaid’s Tale . So there goes that idea for a review.I guess I’ll just have to talk about young adult literature and dystopian fiction and how not liking this book means you hate women.Just kidding about that last part.Sort of.In addition to reminding me of Atwood’s novel about fertile women being the property of men who believe it is their duty to breed them, Archetype remin...
  • marysscript
    I don‘t understand why this book is so unknown?! I couldn‘t put it down! And it had all the things I need in a book: a big plot twist, interesting characters, romance, sci-fi... Seriously, this book has so much potential and how it ended, aaaah. I NEED to know how this story is going to end! If you like romance, sci-fi and a kind of unreliable narrator (because she lost her memory), this one‘s for you! Read it! 😄❤ I don‘t understan...
  • Jackie
    I love reading debut novels because I want to find the next awesome author that's going to shake up the reading world. And that's what is going to happen with M.D. Water's first book Archetype, coming out in Feb 2014. Twenty pages into the book I knew I wouldn't be getting much sleep until I finished every last page and re-read a few more. It will probably be categorized as sci-fi, and it is, but it's not too far off from the reality we all can u...
  • Diana
    I only finished it because I was on an airplane. I got it free as an advance copy. A woman wakes up to a life she doesn't remember, a husband who says they've been married for years but seems to know very little about her. She's having dreams-- or perhaps memories?- about a different man, a different life. What's really going on? There is a twist. There are romance-y, hot sex scenes. It's in a dystopian future in which there are few women and alm...
  • mejmi
    I loved it! One of the best dystopias I've ever read, and definitely one of my favourites this year!
  • Janie Johnson
    Wow is really all I can say about this book. At first I found it a bit confusing but quickly it settled down and I understood what was going on. I do have to say it sucked me in right away. I really like the Author's writing style, it was pretty fast paced and that made it very enjoyable. There is also a lot of awesome twists as well. That epilogue was something else, and not what I expected at all which made me decide to stop my TBR and pick up ...
  • Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
    4.5 starsSee this review and others like it at Badass Book Reviews!M.D. Waters has written a stunning debut novel with Archetype. This one held me in its grasp the entire way and I was very upset when that pesky real life interfered with my reading. The story and especially Emma's character grab you right from the first page. This is a complex book to categorize as well. It's definitely science fiction and a bit dystopian, but there is also some ...
  • Nadine
    “Seduce my mind and you can have my body, find my soul and I’m yours forever.” Archetype follows Emma as she wakes up and has no memory. She meets her husband for the first time who begins telling her about the life they shared together. She begins to have dreams that contradict what her husband told her. Her dreams are of war, a camp where girls are trained to be wives, and love for another man. As she slowly learns the truth she doesn't k...
  • Shea
    WOW! There are not enough swoon-worthy words to describe the addictiveness of this book! I felt myself at times holding my breath, terrified by the world that Emma found herself trapped in. The pacing is fierce and at times melodic, so that I lost myself completely within its pages. This book has all the makings of a best seller. It is like a perfectly blended cocktail; just the right amount of sci-fi, suspense and romance. Undeniably one of the ...
  • Lauren
    I only discovered Archetype because I ran across the author's signing at ALA. I'm so glad I did, because this book and its follow-up Prototype is an extremely readable and addicting series. I had to know what was going on NOW, and couldn't stop reading until I unraveled everything. This is the type of story where you start knowing something very small and it takes time to unravel the full picture. Of course that makes this book very hard to talk ...
  • Lisa Wolf
    In this scary, suspenseful, and altogther un-put-downable first novel by the very talented M. D. Waters, main character Emma wakes up in a high-tech hospital with no memories, surrounded by an elite medical team and with a very sexy man by her side, who only wants her to get better so they can continue their perfect lives together.Problems? Well, there are the nightmares, for a start. Emma wakes in horrible trauma each night after dreaming of bei...
  • Reading Teen
    4.5 StarsAt a Glance:This science-fiction/romance/dystopian/mystery novel was full of everything that I love in a book. The plot twists truly had my jaw dropping, the romance had me confused and swoony at the same time, and the writing kept me loving this book from beginning to end.Wow! What a whirlwind!A side-note:I came across this book pretty much by accident. I was browsing the teen/YA section at STRAND and saw this book. I thought I remember...
  • Joy (joyous reads)
    “Roughly a hundred years ago,a civil war broke out and split theUnited States right down the middle. Women in the west live free, while the east forces women at a young age into society as they see fit. It's slavery masked as a training center.”- Chapter 41, page 325This version of reality is somewhat comparable to The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood; but while Atwood's world was clinical and sterile, Archetype relied heavily on computer t...
  • Mitchii
    I’m throwing clichés here but I couldn’t come up with a decent introduction, so here it goes: Archetype by M.D. Waters was one heck of roller-coaster ride. It’s too hard to second guess the intentions of the characters. And it was hard to pinpoint who is who, which I after I read the book I’ve realized that it was purposefully made that way.Emma has no memories prior to when she woke up. Her husband, Declan Burke was filling the gaps for...
  • Andrew Palmer
    I received an advanced copy of this at the Baltimore Book Festival. Set in a futuristic dystopia where women are rare, and fertile women even more so, Emma wakes in a hospital, with no memory of what came before. As Emma discovers more about herself and her surroundings, and as snippets of memory begin to fill her dreams, the mystery of how she got there and why begins to unfold.M.D. Waters provides the heroine, Emma, with a believable voice that...