M.D. Waters provides even more suspense and revelations as she returns to the complicated dystopian world that she set up so brilliantly in her debut novel Archetype. Equal parts science fiction and romance, this two-book series follows our heroine Emma as she attempts to define herself in a futuristic world where cloning is an everyday affair.

At the end of Archetype, Emma had escaped her controlling husband, Declan Burke, after discovering that she is a clone of the resistance member Emma Wade. Now months have passed, and Emma has fled to Mexico to search for her parents in hopes that they can help her start a new life. When Declan appears on the news, offering a sizable reward for Emma’s return, she realizes that it is impossible for her new life to begin until her past is settled—including her feelings for Noah, the fellow resistance fighter she married before the cloning.

Much of the struggle in Prototype is internal, as Emma tries to overcome her past trauma. Archetype found Emma in a confused, fragile state, searching for answers and then discovering that she is a clone. By the conclusion of Prototype, Emma has transformed into a brave and determined woman who knows what she wants, and will fight hard to get it. With every turn of the page, Emma achieves the respect that comes from having loved, lost and fought every step of the way.

 

This article was originally published in the August 2014 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

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