Archetype by M.D. Waters (2014)
Series: Archetype #1
Goodreads Summary: 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. . . .
This was one of my most anticipated books for 2014 and I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait for the next and final book to come out in July. This book is definitely not your typical woman-with-amnesia-doesn’t-know-who-to-trust book. There are so many different aspects to the story and more depth than just what appears to be a love triangle between the man who says he’s her husband and the other guy she is inexplicably drawn to.
There’s a great backstory about a war, the United States is divided in half, women are being put in camps, there’s something going on with genetic engineering, and much more. The world is so fascinating but isn’t really gone into in a lot of detail. I’m hoping there will be more information in the next book about what happened and why.
Also, the heroine is very clever and can think on her feet and take care of herself. She knows something is amiss and takes it upon herself to investigate and find out what’s going on. Then there’s the voice in her head telling her things, weird dreams, and so much more that she’s unsure of, doesn’t know if they are memories or just imagined.
The way the plot went toward the end and how some things were revealed was totally unexpected and I love books that keep the plot fresh and unpredictable. I actually like that it didn’t have the cliched happy ending that I was expecting and that there’s more to the story, more to be told, and more growth for the heroine.
So if you want a refreshing new book with science fiction/dystopian elements and a heroine you can really get behind, definitely check out this book. You won’t be able to put it down and can finish it in time for the final book in July!
My Rating: 4 Stars