Review: Prototype by M.D. Waters

August 1, 2014 4 stars, Book Review, Science Fiction 14 ★★★★

Review: Prototype by M.D. WatersPrototype by M.D. Waters
Series: Archetype #2
Published by Dutton on July 24, 2014
Genres: Adult SFF, Dystopian, Romance, Science fiction
Pages: 372
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
My Reviews in this series: Archetype

*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

The stunning debut that began with Archetype— and has readers buzzing—concludes in Prototype, when a woman’s dual pasts lock onto a collision course, threatening her present and future.

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.


Prototype is the exciting conclusion to the duology that started with Archetype a magnificent futuristic dystopian, science fiction novel with a healthy dose of romance. In a future where most women are infertile, women are treated as property and raised in training centers where they are taught their place in society…at the bottom. But the whole world doesn’t think this way, there are countries where women still roam free and it seems what would be the United States to us has a split government. On the side where women are free there is a resistance movement that wants to change things for women. In the first book Archetype you learn all about that and how Emma came to be trapped into a marriage not of her choosing and that she is actually a clone.

Accepting you’re no longer the person you once were

With the climactic way that Archetype ended we pick up in Prototype with Emma in Mexico in search of a man who might know the whereabouts of her parents. She has spent the past year going from place to place in search of hints of them. Suddenly a worldwide announcement goes out from none other then Declan, whom she presumed dead, offering a huge reward for the return of his kidnapped wife, Emma. Of course we know Emma escaped, and most definitely was not kidnapped…so she’s on the run again and she ultimately winds up running back to the resistance and to Noah, the man who truly has her heart but who didn’t seem to be able to accept her and that though she is in a cloned body that she really is the soul of Emma.

Much transpires over the course of the book for Emma. Not only does she have to come to grips with herself and who she is versus who she used to be, but ultimately who does she WANT to be. Eventually she needs to stop running and face all of her problems. I have to say I really admire this woman. She does make some absolutely bird brain decisions in these two books, some of which I can’t agree with but ultimately she has got some real moxy and I don’t know if I could have done any better being in her situation.

Sizzle, burn, slap

I definitely consider these books to be part romance. A lot of the struggles Emma goes through tie directly to Declan and Noah in the first book and then Noah in the second. There is no little amount of heat between her and Noah and everyone, especially Noah’s current girlfriend and stand in mother to Emma’s daughter Adrienne, notices it. But Emma is determined to be part of Adrienne’s life and Noah seems to want to make her a big part of his again. So how are the chips going to fall? Can Noah forgive her for leaving? And can Emma and everyone else get past the fact that she is a clone, but still the Emma they knew and yet still a new person at the same time?

This is a set of books you do not want to miss! Also there is a short story, Antitype, that is available on ebook that I plan to read ASAP! I can’t wait to read future books by this author.

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14 Responses to “Review: Prototype by M.D. Waters”

  1. Melliane

    Oh I didn’t know it was the conclusion of a duology but it sounds nice and intriguing. I think I saw book 1 aroung a while ago but I’ll have to look closer to that to see if I’m not mistaken.
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  2. Sarah P.

    I am not really familiar with this duology but it looks right up my alley. I love that even though Emma has shortcomings you still admired her. That’s a testament to the strength of her character. I think the theme of this book is really interesting. It reminded me of The Lost Girl of Sangu Mandanna with the cloning dilemma. Have you read that? Anyway, lovely review, Tabitha! 😀
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Yes! Well we all have shortcomings and I think its just easier to not notice them when you aren’t reading a book about that person LOL. Some of her decisions are totally understandable only one was totally bird brained. NO I haven’t read that one! I love the way cloning was used in these books. I hope you decide to pick them up!
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