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- Print Length: 92 pages
- Publisher: Dutton (May 13, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 13, 2014
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IIVFKSA
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Even though it is a prequel, you should definitely read it after Archetype - it won't spoiler Archetype, but I think it would make the world building and surprises less interesting. I can't wait for Prototype!
This is told from Declan and Noah's POV laid out over a few months, which doesn't seem like a long time, but what happens to both of these men during that summer is life changing. And I mean life changing. It can be read as a standalone, but it's much better as a complementary story to ARCHETYPE. It just helps piece more of the puzzle together. It enhances it so much more. It’s great for anyone who has read ARCHETYPE or is thinking about reading it. If you've read it, then it's going to give you a great understanding of why Declan and Noah are the way they are in ARCHETYPE. But if you haven't read ARCHETYPE yet, then this novella is a great introduction into how they ended up crossing paths with Emma. It's also a great intro to Waters' unique and captivating writing style.
I can’t say enough about M.D. Waters’ writing. I was hooked from ARCHETYPE and I’ll continue to be hooked. Her phrasing and the way she paints a picture is truly a joy to read. I would recommend this story to anyone wanting to get lost for a few hours with a good story, a well-thought-out plot, and characters so real you want to reach out and touch them.
Archetype was a 5 star read for me, partially because I liked how the story featured characters that weren't one dimensional. You had sympathy for the bad guys as they were shown to be honorable and sensitive at times. Unfortunately that does not happen here - the fathers of Declan and Noah were just evil or selfish beyond belief. If Declan and Noah had been raised by mothers who set a good example, then I would understand how they grew up so differently from their fathers, but the fact that they don't doesn't make sense that they're able to be such noble guys, totally opposite of their fathers.
In my review of Archetype, I questioned the world building where women would be treated so badly if they were in such short supply. Controlled, yes, I could see anything valuable that is scarc,e being government controlled in a dystopian world. But to allow the girls to decline in health while at the WTCs made no sense to me - you protect scarce supply as much as possible. Also, the ability for a man to marry and divorce 6 times or more made no sense. Granted that he is wealthy, but again if women are in such short supply, there would be an outcry from those who aren't as wealthy, The lower 95% of the population would want their shot at a wife and future mother of their children, otherwise, I could see civil war breaking out over this as it's such a basic need. If fertility and the continued existence of the population is such an issue, then I think eugenics for the men would be an unfortunate, but likely factor.
I almost felt like there needed to be some religious cult behind how women were treated to explain how things got so out of hand that girls at 5 are taken away from their homes and sent to a camp - why? If it was explained that while at the camps it was to ensure they were indoctrinated in a certain ideology, okay then. I'm guessing they're placed in the camps so that they can be guarded from the general population and not married off before they can be purchased by the wealthy when they reach 18? I think if there's something that drastic going on in the story's universe, the reasoning needs to be explained. Also, judging by how badly females of any age are treated in this dystopian world and that fertility is such an issue, I don't think they'd wait until a girl hit 18 before marrying her off. She'd be put in the marriage block as soon as she is fertile.
I liked learning of the back story of the two male leads from Archetype, but unfortunately the world building is going in the wrong direction to where it doesn't fly.