A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Prototype is a sequel. There will be spoilers from the first book, Archetype. This is an adult fiction book so there are some mature scenes.
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.
In the shocking conclusion to M.D. Waters’ spectacular debut, Emma battles for her life and her freedom, tearing down walls and ripping off masks to reveal the truth. She’s decided to play their game and prove she isn’t the woman they thought she was. Even if it means she winds up dead. Or worse, reborn.
Recently, I have found myself enjoying more and more adult fiction. I had read Archetype last year because of the stellar reviews and a friend’s recommendation. I found myself enjoying it but I had expected a bit more science fiction and less romance. Going into Prototype I had a better idea of what I was going to be reading and ended up enjoying the experience more. I have to admit, I was a little concerned since this book was published so close to the first book’s release but Waters continued a strong story with well developed characters, romance and an engaging plot.
I found the beginning of Prototype to be a tad slow, only because I was trying to get adjusted again into the story and world. It only took a few chapters before I was riveted and eager to continue reading. I found both of these novels to rely heavily on character growth and romance, so know that the science fiction elements are fairly light. The first book focused further on the sci-fi because we were introduced to the world and Emma’s place in it. Prototype didn’t need to reiterate the science bits so this book delved more into character and relationships.
Waters’ writing was fast paced and easy to follow and moved you through at a moderate pace. I found her to especially excel at the romantic bits and the action scenes. This was the type of book that you could easily lose yourself in. That was, until the last third of the book. For some reason I had that horrible feeling of wanting to have it end already. This happens on occasion and it always makes me sad. I think that I saw where the story was headed so was ready to get there sooner than later.
I really appreciated Emma’s growth throughout this series. I found her to be more likeable in this novel because I felt she was taking responsibly for her decisions and life. I enjoyed watching her grow. The only aspect of Emma’s character that I wished had changed was her inability to use contractions. I figure for as long as she’s been around other people she would have slipped them into her own speech. I understood that it did give Emma a unique voice but, for me, it stood out as being unrealistic (yes, this was a very minor peeve).
Finally! Finally we get to see Noah and Emma interact. I very much enjoyed their dialog with one another and their scenes together. In the first book there was no question for me who I wanted Emma to lean towards so I was excited to see him get some page time.
I must admit that I like my science fiction a bit more science-y but I did enjoy reading this duology. I found Waters’ story to be interesting and well written with strong characters. If you are a fan of romantic science fiction you’re sure to enjoy these books.