Synopses & Reviews
Introducing a breathtakingly inventive futuristic suspense novel about one woman who rebels against everything she is told to believe.
Emma wakes in a hospital, with no memory of what came before. Her husband, Declan, a powerful, seductive man, provides her with new memories, but her dreams contradict his stories, showing her a past life she cant believe possible: memories of war, of a camp where girls are trained to be wives, of love for another man. Something inside her tells her not to speak of this, but she does not know why. She only knows she is at war with herself.
Suppressing those dreams during daylight hours, Emma lets Declan mold her into a happily married woman and begins to fall in love with him. But the day Noah stands before her, the line between her reality and dreams shatters.
In a future where women are a rare commodity, Emma fights for freedom but is held captive by the love of two menone her husband, the other her worst enemy. If only she could remember which is which. . . .
The first novel in a two-part series, Archetype heralds the arrival of a truly memorable characterand the talented author who created her.
"In this convincingly detailed world...James concretely explores an unthinkable prospect. Readers should persevere through the slow start, for the rewards of this story, including its reminder of the transforming power of hope, are many and lasting." Publishers Weekly
"A book of such accelerating tension that the pages seem to turn faster as one moves along." Chicago Tribune
"As scary and suspenseful as anything in Hitchcock." New Yorker
"Extraordinary....Daring....Frightening in its implications." New York Times
"Fascinating, suspenseful, and morally provocative. The characterizations are sharply etched and the narrative is compelling." Chicago Sun-Times
Praise for M.D. Waters and Archetype
"This is one of those unforgettable, breathless books you want all your friends to read."
—Kym Havens, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, Massachusetts
“Archetype is outstanding! While reminding me of Marge Piercy, George Orwell, and Margaret Atwood, this book takes off on its own from the very beginning . . . . The holographic texture of this story is absorbing and peels away at dystopia—creating something else entirely. M.D. Waters is her own cup of tea that I cant see anyone putting down.”
—Emily, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva, North Carolina
"[A] dazzling debut....This is one of those books that seeps into your consciousness. It breeds discontent. It forces one to ponder the possible 'what if?' "
—Krys Tourtois, Schuler Books and Music, Lansing, Michigan
"A mystifying tale that tiptoes up and grabs you by the throat....With writing that is supremely confident, Waters builds the tension slowly and Emma's doubts and secrets multiply until the hainting explosion of the truth."
—Susan Wasson, Bookworks, Albuquerque, New Mexico
"Archetype is can't-put-it-down, up-all-night-reading fantastic. Emma is an endlessly fascinating, deeply compelling narrator, and I loved every moment I spent in her head."
—Sarah Holt, Left Bank Books, St Louis, Missouri
"A chilling, action-packed futuristic thriller....Like the works of Margaret Atwood, Archetype has kept me thinking about it and the questions it raises long after having turned the last page."
—Billie Bloebaum, Powells Books, Portland International Airport, Portland, Oregon
"Archetype is a thrilling and engaging story, with lots of plot twists and mysteries to keep readers excited and entertained. I would definitely recommend this book to other readers who enjoy anything from science fiction to romance... this book has it all."
—Katherine Konishesky, RJ Julia Booksellers, Madison, Connecticut
"Archetype is a thought-provoking novel that will appeal to science fiction lovers and romance readers, alike."
—Ellen Klein, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, Virginia
The year is 2021, and the human race is quite literally coming to an end. Since 1995 no babies have been born, because in that year all males unexpectedly became infertile. Great Britain is ruled by a dictator, and the population is inexorably growing older. Theodore Faron, Oxford historian and, incidentally, cousin of the all-powerful Warden of England, watches in growing despair as society gradually crumbles around him, giving way to strange faiths and cruelties: prison camps, mass organized euthanasia, roving bands of thugs. Then, suddenly, Faron is drawn into the plans of an unlikely group of revolutionaries. His passivity is shattered, and the action begins.
The Children of Men will surprise and enthrall P. D. James fans. Written with the same rich blend of keen characterization, narrative drive and suspense as her great detective stories, it engages powerfully with new themes: conflicts of loyalty and duty, the corruption of power, redemption through love. Ingenious, original, irresistibly readable, it confirms once again P. D. James's standing as a major novelist.
About the Author
P. D. James is the author of nineteen books, most of which have been filmed and broadcast on television in the United States and other countries. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Law Departments of Great Britains Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she celebrated her eightieth birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest. The recipient of many prizes and honors, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991. She lives in London and Oxford.