Archetype

Archetype

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Waking in the hospital with no memory, Emma learns her seemingly happy life story from her powerful, seductive husband only to experience tormenting dreams that suggest a completely different past shaped by war, a camp where girls are trained to be wives, and her love for another man.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2013.
ISBN: 9780525954231
0525954236
Characteristics: 372 p.

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Talitha318 Jun 29, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. Our library houses it in General fiction so it's not considered a Sci/Fi or romance book specifically. I didn't think the surprise ending (story continues in Prototype) was that predictable. There were elements of romance but having read several of that genre, it didn't strike me as the main point of the book. The premise is slightly similar to Handmaid's Tale (definitely a dystopian future), but with a techy twist. Overall, it was pleasant read and might be good for someone who would like to dip their toe in sci/fi and doesn't know where to start.

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naijagirl101
Aug 25, 2016

I confess to a habit of every so often picking up a book solely based on its cover. I'll skim the back, weight the attractiveness of the art, then choose it on that. That's pretty much how I ended up reading this.

Quick read, easy writing style.

I'll echo other commenters - I was surprised that the whole focus of this book seemed to be romance. I kinda of get it bc her memory presented her w/this tantalizing look at who she's supposed to be but i was still surprised by the steamy sex scenes (which honestly I skipped) and the lack of depth?

Still an okay read. I love the romance genre so I was definitely like 'oh shit!' and 'oh, here we go' at all the appropriate times the author was revealing intrigue and star-crossed love etc.

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Marge2015
Apr 14, 2016

daysleeper236 said it perfectly for me. I forced myself to finish it and yes, the obvious premise clumsily hinted at the beginning was true, obvious is obvious.

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StephFurlan
Oct 29, 2014

White light blinds you as your eyes open. As they adjust, you see strangers surrounding you. They take care of you, keeping you in a white room like a safe cocoon. Though when you sleep, dreams that feel so real haunt you, sharing a past that might have been yours and urging you to remember it—a truth you must unravel. During your first evaluation session, the doctor asks you how you are feeling and what you saw in your nightmares. You open your mouth to answer, but then a voice in your head, much like a conscience, urges you to lie. What would you do? This is Emma’s reality and she has a choice to make—trust a past life she doesn’t remember or give in to the tempting lifestyle she has now.

In Archetype, the novel is in first-person narrative, a story told through our protagonist Emma’s eyes. When readers first meet Emma, she is a weak and naïve character. She herself even realizes it, but I believe she is a reflection of her circumstances. Now, comparing her to the voice in her head, which early on I assumed was the essence of the woman she was before the “accident,” I enjoyed this stronger and quirky personality much more. I couldn’t get enough of her. She had quick wit and hilarious sarcasm that eased some of the tension in the story. The voice, or as Emma calls it “Her”, even protects Emma, guiding and helping her through her journey of difficult situations and getting her closer to seeing the bigger picture.

Complete Review: http://feistylittlewoman.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/review-archetype/

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mbottley
Apr 08, 2014

This novel fails at many levels with an implausible plot, even for science fiction, and little depth of character development. The reader hopes for some kind of revelation to make it worth finishing and does not find it. Steamy sex bits seem added to make the book appeal to a certain kind of reader.The epilogue makes no sense at all. I like good sci-fi but it is hard to find these days.

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daysleeper236
Feb 27, 2014

This is a generic, watered-down romance novel that is trying (and failing) to be science-fiction.

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stephaniedchase
Feb 06, 2014

An excellent combination of thriller, mystery, love story, and future set dystopia.

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