So…It’s here …(on July 29, 2014). Prototype, the shocking conclusion to Archetype, the thinking woman’s dystopian love story from debut author M.D. Waters is about to be released. And you’ll be glad it’s the real thing. (Get it? Archetype, prototype…oh well. It’s early.)
Let’s first tackle the issue of duos, trilogies and series. For me, the inherent problem with multiple connected books like sequels, and why I like to binge read them once the whole series is out, is that you have to remember what happened in the previous instalment. Especially when the sequel picks up right after the first one ends and requires recollection of specific people and events for maximum enjoyment (and even more when you’re a book blogger and you’ve read about 50 books in between number one and number 2.) Sure, there’s the thrill of anticipation, which someone might appreciate, but in truth, I’m a curious sort (remember that’s why I don’t read suspense/mysteries?)
FYI: M.D. Waters knows that I’m not the only one who feels that way and released these two just 4 months apart.
Back to the book:
Prototype is an incredible and satisfying conclusion to the dystopian fantasy world that M.D. Waters introduced us to in Archetype. If we thought that the author had a great imagination, we were sadly mistaken. Because she has a spectacular one. We were promised answers, and we get them. But not without doing the work. While the first instalment’s vague narrative was designed to build suspense and keep us coming back for more, this next book has as many secrets as it reveals answers. At every turn the author surprises us, which is no mean feat.
What’s really refreshing, to me, in this world where every book has a sequel (or is one), this novel is different than it’s predecessor. It doesn’t just continue the story, it has it’s own. It has a lot more action, and explores deeper themes of second chances, love and betrayal. And while it too opens up several cans ‘o worms (one after the other, as a matter of fact), it also answers them. Thankfully, and adhering to the the integrity of the , the series, there are no tidy bows, just big surprises. Even when it’s done, when we know enough, we’re still left wanting more.
Emma looks forward to the day when she can let go of her past—both of them. After more than a year on the run, with clues to her parents’ whereabouts within her grasp, she may finally find a place to settle down. Start a new life. Maybe even create new memories with a new family.
But the past rises to haunt her and to make sure there’s nowhere on the planet she can hide. Declan Burke wants his wife back, and with a little manipulation and a lot of reward money, he’s got the entire world on his side. Except for the one man she dreads confronting the most: Noah Tucker.
Emma returns to face what she’s done but finds that the past isn’t the problem. It’s the present—and the future it represents. Noah has moved on and another woman is raising their daughter.
In the shocking conclusion to M.D. Waters’s spectacular debut, Emma battles for her life and her freedom, tearing down walls and ripping off masks to reveal the truth. She’s decided to play their game and prove she isn’t the woman they thought she was. Even if it means she winds up dead. Or worse, reborn.
For such a young writer (in writer years, not in people years – I don’t know how old she is), Waters has great skill when it comes to parceling out the information. This is the great strength of these books. Because you’re never really sure what’s happening, and while the character development is far from overbearing, natch sparse , we’re still deeply invested in their lives.
If you like sci-fi / romance or somewhere in between, (or you’re not sure), then Archetype and Prototype are a good place to start. The premise behind these books is unique and they’re eminently readable. M.D. Waters duo of rebirth (literally) is the perfect companion for your summer vacation. You should pick them up. To buy Prototype click here. To buy Archetype, click here.
Note: I wouldn’t recommend reading Prototype on it’s own. You must read both books to get the full story. Otherwise, you’ll be confused, which isn’t fun.
Recommend Factor: 8/10
Unputdownable Factor: 8/10