Written by: M. D. Waters
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Length: 13 hrs
Series: Archetype, Book 2
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Program Type: Audiobook
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The stunning debut that began with Archetype concludes in Prototype, when a woman's dual pasts lock onto a collision course, threatening her present and future.If you haven't started this series yet, I'll just tell you that I really liked it a lot. I don't usually review Adult books, but I kind of stumbled upon this series, and I'm so glad I did. You can read about that and my review of the first book, ARCHETYPE, here.
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.
After I started reading PROTOTYPE, I got an email from Penguin Audio that it was available to review in audiobook format. I saw that Khristine Hvam was the narrator, and immediately downloaded it and started listening. Khristine is one of my favorite readers, she reads the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, and is phenomenal! I thought she did a great job with this book as well. She has a really good range, and is one of the few women readers that can pull off a guy's voice without sounding ridiculous. If you're interested, you can listen to a sample here.
PROTOTYPE was a fantastic ending to this duology (and can I just add that I love duologies!!) It was full of action and suspense. And the chemistry between Noah and Emma is seriously intense. I found myself really frustrated with Noah in this book, because of another relationship he's gotten himself involved in, which, of course just adds to the tension. I liked the character development of Emma, into her own person, not just a "copy" of Emma 1.0. It's one of those things that really makes you think, "what if," and I love that! Emma develops new relationships in this book that add a lot to the story, especially her growing bond with her daughter, who was adorable. All in all, this was just an exciting, intriguing, and romantic story and I'm really happy that I accidentally happened upon it!