Blog Tour: Prototype by M.D. Waters (Book Review)

 

       Title:  Prototype (Archetype #2)

       Author: M.D. Waters

       Release Date: July 24th, 2014

       Publisher: Dutton Adult

       Format: ARC

       Source: Publisher

* I received an ARC copy from Penguin Canada in exchange for an honest review. *

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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.

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 My Thoughts:

Prototype is the final installment in a duo-logy, which I loved so much more than the first book, Archetype. I received an ARC copy of this book of which I am so grateful for (so thank you PenguinCanada) and couldn’t help but start right away. So I ended up reading this book back in February and since then, I was very excited to share my thoughts on it. This book is a fast paced sequel that starts right where Archetype left off so fear not, as you will be immediately hooked to this gripping sequel within minutes.

There is a lot of crazy action and survival going on in this book, as the book starts off with Emma on the run not only in search for her parents, but away from her husband Declan, whom she is being hunted down by. There was so much more world building in this book (which Archetype lacked of since it was  mainly based on Emma’s development as a character) and we see more of how the society has started to grow and change as Declan slowly starts to take control of it in his own hands. It is now up to Emma and the choices she makes.

The plot just kept getting interesting, leading to many events I didn’t see coming, making me feel everything at once. I not only got to see an amazing world building but also the choices and sacrifices several characters had to make in order to survive. In Prototype, the world not only revolved around Emma any more but also other characters prior to the story..

I was amazed by how much Emma has grown as a woman in Prototype. Those of you who have read the first book, may know that Archetype was mainly focused on Emma, who has lost her memory in which she starts to learn and discover who she is. After finding out the truth about herself, Emma knew she is not the once naive, clueless girl anymore, she was now the woman whose life was in stake as she is in on many secrets when she isn’t suppose to. However, she will not allow another single soul feed her lies, and will instead stand up for herself. She was determined to not only find out more about her past, but also create her future. Emma’s transformation into a strong female lead is what really amazed me, and is the kind of protagonist needed in a dangerous world like this.

Her relationship with Declan and Noah is very complex. In the previous book, she was unaware of the kind of man her husband Declan, was, and struggled to make the choice  of whom to believe. Either him or the voice in her head. Noah on the other hand, is the man whom she was very involved with in the past. So of course this leads to a love triangle where Emma could not help but feel something for both of them. At times she gets torn between what decision to make and whether to do it or not. She doesn’t know whether the decision she will make will either be the right one, or be the end of her. I personally don’t mind when a book has love triangles-well really, it depends. In this case it works out well and I was obviously rooting for one of them *cough*Noah*cough* whom I think is very swoon worthy. ^_^

Okay now on to the next part; Ahh~the side characters we meet in this novel! I loved them so much!(Well most of them anyway) We see Emma bond and create new friendships with individuals I can’t help but also be attached with. Some are so perky and lovable and also witty, I wouldn’t mind having friends like them in real life! Of course once this novel had ended, I wanted more, hence the reason I wished we got some more character development from these characters. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed these characters relationship not only with Emma but also among others although they are considered to be minor characters, they had definitely played a major role in Prototype. I even heard that the author will be creating a spin-off series based on a particular character *cough*Leigh*cough* which of course I am super pumped about!

Not only am I head over heels with this book, but with the duo-logy itself. I personally really enjoyed this series over all and will most likely re-read my favourite parts and perhaps someday both books entirely. It had all the elements that suited my taste: consistent pace, phenomenal world building, character development, and strong relationships with others such as  friendships. Most importantly, I thought the idea of how Mrs.Waters  interpreted an important issue of what women deal with every day, to help create her story was very smart of her.This is because I feel that by using this issue of how women are being treated as if they are worth less than men, will help readers(including myself) become aware of how it is wrong for women to be treated this way, and that both genders should be treated equally. Thus, by creating a story not only to entertain readers but to spread an important message, in my mind is brilliant.

Overall, I was highly satisfied with the conclusion to this great dystopian/sci-fi duo-logy and will definitely recommend those who haven’t picked up this series, immediately do so with Archetype.


Great News!

Archetype is not only available  in Hardcover but also with a new cover for the Paperback edition!

Also be on a look out for the new cover for the paperback edition for Prototype!

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