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Prototype by M.D. Waters eARC {4 Stars}

Prototype by M.D. Waters is the sequel to Archetype and continues the wonderful mixture of romance and sci-fi that I loved in the first book! There will be definitely spoilers below if you haven’t read Archetype, so be sure to check out my review of that one first ;-). If you’re still reading I assume that you already know how painful the cliffhanger in the epilogue of Archetype was, so you’ll understand how excited I was to find out what happened next :D. Prototype does a great job of standing on its own while continuing and wrapping up the story started in Archetype. Prototype is a bit of a different book since there is less of a mystery for Emma and we get to see much more action and more of the world, but there are still lots of awesome plot twists that I of course love!

Note: I received an advanced copy of Prototype from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Prototype by M.D. Waters eARC {4 Stars}

Prototype by M. D. Waters (Archetype #2)
Published by Dutton Adult on July 24th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Sci-fi
Page Length: 372 pages
How I got my copy: Edelweiss
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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.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • I love how much more of the world we get to see in Prototype. There were hints of the cool futuristic world in Archetype, but in Prototype Emma has the freedom to see so much for herself. I think my favorite place was the floating cities that San Francisco has turned to in order to deal with the rising sea level and food shortage.
  • Emma doesn’t get to see a lot of people in Archetype, so it was a pleasant surprise to me to finally get to know so many secondary characters from Emma’s past and a certain adorable small child!
  • Just because things are a lot different in Emma’s romance life these days, doesn’t mean Prototype is lacking in the steamy romance department ;-).
  • I think my hands down favorite thing about Prototype was the emphasis on “found family” and how the bonds of friendships and love can be much more important than blood depending on the situation. Emma is in a very difficult position being a clone and it means that she gets a very clear picture of who people really are and who her true friends and family are. This aspect of Prototype just made me want to hug everyone :D.

Weaknesses:

  • I struggled a bit with remembering where Archetype left off and therefore which things I was supposed to already know and which things were supposed to still be mysterious. Since there is a bit of a time shift between Archetype and Prototype, I’m pretty sure I was supposed to wonder a bit about what Emma was up to during that time, but I still wish I would have read them back to back if I could have.
  • Prototype has a fair amount of relationship angst given how long Emma has been away from her daughter and Noah and what Noah has been up to during that time. Noah doesn’t make the greatest choices at times, but it was more Emma’s worrying that ended up annoying me and making me want to shake her into action, ha.

Summary:

Prototype is a solid sequel that manages to capture what I enjoyed in Archetype while also bringing in fresh characters and world-building. If you are a fan of romantic sci-fi, you’ll definitely want to give this duology a read, just make sure to have tissues next to you! Now to figure out how to get my copy of Prototype signed so I have a matching set….

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Prototype by M.D. Waters

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Comments

  1. I didn’t read this review because I just bought a copy of Prototype and don’t want to be spoiled – but I did peek at your rating and I am officially REALLY EXCITED!!! I love a good duology.

  2. I loved the floating cities aspect. It was woven in so seamlessly that I almost didn’t get why it seemed so weird.
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    • The floating ocean cities were so cool and make a lot of sense in a possible future where the Earth has gotten all crazy with weather and oceans rising etc

  3. I adored this duology. Glad you enjoyed this one as much as I did. I thought this was an excellent sequel and finisher and liked how it all worked out. Also isn’t that great I really thought this was a sci-fi dystopian and it ended up being a strong romance as well but not exactly falling into the strictly romance arena – you know what I mean? Loved it. can’t wait to see what else this author writes.
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    • Yup, I loved the combination of dystopian/sci-fi with romance, it wasn’t too heavy to either side and really just was a great story over all :D Waters is definitely on my autobuy list now!

  4. I will get there! :) :) I do have it on audio and I liked the Archetype . This makes me want to bump it up!
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