Dimensions: 384 pages, 3.68 × 2.47 × 0.51 in
Published: February 11, 2014
Publisher: DUTTON ADULT
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0525954236
ISBN - 13: 9780525954231
Read from the Book
***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected proof.*** Copyright © 2014 by M.D. Waters C H A P T E R 1 My mind wakes, but the words essential to describe the stirring of my consciousness escape me. I blink. White light fills my vision, blindingly bright, darkening my peripheral to pitch. I have no words for variations, either, because while I understand shifts of color and luminescence in my surroundings, I cannot hold knowledge in my mind. Voices articulate words— No, we don’t need her anymore; put her with the others— and I struggle to make sense of them to no avail. I know what they say is important. So important. Vital. Yet all meaning flashes through the vast darkness of my mind, fleeting streaks of lightning. Alluring, coaxing, but gone before I can decipher patterns in the chaos. I blink. Dust particles float in the air, a fluid, graceful contrast to the vibrating hum of the light hanging above me. The motes dance around my slim, pale fingers, escaping my grasp, frustratingly transitory, like everything else I experience. A hand pushes aside the sterile aluminum lamp seconds before a face appears. Cold fingers pry up the lid of one of my eyes. Gray eyes stare, unblinking, between a green cap and surgical mask. A pinprick of light forces tears. I squint and jerk my head, but the strong hand catches me around the forehead, fingers snagging on attached wires, and repeats the process on my other eye. I feebly bat his hand away. T
From the Publisher
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 menone 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 characterand the talented author
who created her. Look for Prototype, the
second novel from M.D. Waters, coming July 2014.
About the Author
M.D. WATERS lives with her family in Maryland.
Archetype is her first novel. Its sequel,
Prototype, will be published in July 2014.
Praise for M.D. Waters and Archetype : " Archetype is the literary equivalent of a big-screen blockbuster with its beautiful but deadly heroine, tragic love triangle and grim futuristic setting. The closest thing in print may by Margaret Atwood''s The Handmaid''s Tale , but Emma is Offred with mixed martial arts training... Archetype finished with a cliffhanger made even more tantalizing by Dutton''s promise to publish the sequel, Prototype , in six months. The prospect has me more excited than the next "Hunger Games" movie." - Associated Press "Emotional involvement powers this absorbing gothic thriller in science fiction trappings." - Publishers Weekly "Readers looking for a great thriller with a strong female protagonist mixed with a hint of science fiction should pick this up immediately." - Library Journal (starred review) "Waters has created a fascinating world in this well-plotted tale. A sequel, Prototype , is set to follow in less than a year. Definitely a writer to watch." - Booklist "A twisty, thought-provoking futuristic tale that unnerves and enthralls." - Family Circle "Clear your calendar, turn off your phone, and inform your loved ones that you''ll be taking a few hours to yourself. Once you get started, you will not want to put this book down." - HeroesandHeartbreakers.com "I love reading debut novels because I want to find the next awesome author that''s going to shake up the read