In a stunning and fast-paced debut novel, local writer M.D. Waters takes sci-fi and makes it hotter than ever. Archetype follows the life of Emma Burke, a woman who is relearning about everything in her life after a tragic accident stripped away all of her memories. The one problem that Emma has is that her dreams are of a life completely different.
Slowly, piece by piece, you and the protagonist start to learn what is true and what is being fabricated. The characters in the novel are vivid and lively. M.D. Water's does a great job of conveying emotions without harboring on superficial narratives. The love scenes are hot and concise, not dwelling too long on the details, but gives you enough to make your pulse race.
The best thing about this book is the vivid imagery and characters. Although some might say the lack of contractions used by the protagonist is a bit of gimmick, I wouldn't see it that way, considering the way Emma Burke is taught to live again. This is a character that had to start from scratch.
The only thing that sticks out as a negative is that in the beginning of the novel it tends to have a repetitiveness. You want Emma to have a breakthrough sooner than she does, but this is also a common thing to find in a Margaret Atwood novel. You want to know more than she gives you, and that can sometimes be agonizing. The cliffhanger ending makes you ache for the rest of the story. Thankfully, the second novel will be out on July 24th 2014 so the wait is not long.
Who should read this book? Anyone who would enjoy a contemporary Margaret Atwood with hotter leading men.