Series: Archetype #1
Published by Dutton on FEbruary 6, 2014
Genres: Romance, Science fiction
Source: Publisher, Purchased
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My Reviews in this series: Prototype
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.
Forget everything you’ve known
Archetype 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 set her knowledge of life and mundane things back considerably. She is having to learn the simplest things that we might take for granted every day. Because of this we get a unique perspective on how she thinks and feels while going through such an odd situation. This immediately enabled me as a reader to connect and sympathize with Emma. Given the weak state she was in, she was by no means a weakling. You can tell right away Emma has a fighter’s spirit.
Sleeping with the enemy
Due to the environment Emma is in for the first portion of the book, the pace is slower while we learn things with her and are introduced to the state of the world. Declan and the Doctor are really overly protective about telling her anything or letting her experience new things. So information at times seems to take its sweet darn time being revealed. I for one still ate up the first half of the book and was well rewarded for my patience with an action packed second half. Emma doesn’t know who to trust let alone believe. And on top of her dreams and the voice in her head, she has Declan, her husband and a strangely familiar man Noah, telling her absolutely different things confusing her even further. All she does know is that she is drawn to both of them, and only one of them is the true enemy.
Lock up your daughters
This is a futuristic Earth in which medical technology has literally allowed humanity to dig a grave for itself. Women are a tiny minority and most of them are infertile. Those few that can conceive children can only do so for a handful of years. So how does society react to this? Why, lock up all the women and sell them to the highest bidder of course. Cynical, I know, but I could totally envision this happening. History teaches us a harsh lesson about the depths of cruelty we as a species are capable of, thus it is not far fetched to picture this future as being a possible reality instead of just science fiction. These women are definitely not treated well, growing up in training centers and sold as wives to men. If they are fertile, at the age of 18 they are sold off and become that man’s property having no real life of their own. Not too rosy sounding is it?
I’ll be back
With an emotionally charged ending such as the one Archetype delivers, there is no way I can imagine someone reading this book and not feeling compelled to pick up the next. There was a specific aspect of the end I saw coming but I think will only add to Emma’s struggles to come. I will gladly gobble down any further of her misery because everything I have seen her go through thus far has only made her a stronger and more sympathetic character. Bring it Waters.
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