Readers will be glued to author's debut novel

Readers will be glued to author's debut novel

M.D. Waters' debut novel is full of intrigue, romance and deceit, set in a future dystopian world where women, especially fertile women, are a shortage, and scientists are trying to solve the problem.

"Archetype" is a fast-paced, exciting novel that readers will devour, sometimes in one day, while they race with the main character, Emma, to figure out what is real and what is not.

The novel opens a little slowly, but if readers get past the first 30 pages or so, they will soon be in for a great story.

Waters introduces Emma and her confusion — as to where she is and who she is- — in the beginning of the novel in a confused and disoriented way. This is a bit hard to read, but as Emma becomes more aware of herself, her surroundings and her memories, the writing flows and the story becomes full of tension.

The premise is that Emma has suffered a terrible accident, which is the reason she's in a hospital and has no memory of life before. Dr. Travista is kind but only answers as many questions as he wants and in his own time.

She is soon introduced to an extremely handsome, rich and powerful man, Declan, who claims to be her husband and love her very much. He says they live in the mountains and that they honeymooned in Italy.

But Emma's own memories creep in, and they contradict the life that Declan has told her about. She dreams of being raised in a work camp for girls who were bred for marriage. She is drawn to the beach in Mexico, not the mountains. A man named Noah Tucker haunts her dreams, and she feels intense passion and love for him.

Dr. Travista explains these as nightmares. She tells herself he must be right — she is dreaming of another life. But as she becomes healthier and Declan seems to give her more freedom, her dreams become reality — she meets Noah in person, paints beach scenes and meets someone from the work camp.

The rest of the novel focuses on Emma trying to figure out what is real and what is not and who to trust. An internal voice, whom Emma refers to as Her and She, won't let her forget who she truly is, and she feels at battle with herself.

Waters' second and final book in the series, "Protoype," will be out in July. She has also written a prequel to "Archetype," which is currently available as an ebook and tells about a few months in the lives of Noah and Declan, from their points of view. ("Prototype" is told in first person in Emma's point of view.)

To find out more about Waters and her books, Waters also is active on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

On her website and Pinterest, Waters pinned photos of the actors she used as inspiration for her three main characters: Katie Holmes as Emma, Bradley Cooper as Noah and David Gandy as Declan.

She also is currently hosting a contest for a signed copy of "Prototype," and one of the ways to win is to state whom you believe is the best actor to play the part of Declan.

If you like romance and science fiction, you will really enjoy "Archetype." I am a new fan of Waters and can't wait to see what else she has in store for readers.

Margo L. Dill is celebrating the release of her second novel, "Caught Between Two Curses," a young-adult novel exploring love, family and the Curse of the Billy Goat on the Cubs. She also is the author of "Finding My Place: One Girl's Strength at Vicksburg," a middle grade historical fiction novel. She lives in St. Louis with her family.

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