Jumping back into Emma’s story, readers go from Archetype and onto the second and final instalment, Prototype. After a year of running trying to find her parents, she finds sanctuary and safety with the Resistance. She hopes to build a life of her own there, but struggles confronting the man she loves, Noah Tucker, who has moved on and is raising their daughter with another woman. She is constantly reminded of her past, the one that wasn’t entirely her own and the one she lived, and what she is. Meanwhile, Declan Burke wishes to reclaim her, getting the public on his side with both sympathy and reward money to hunt down his wife and bring her back to him. It’s up to Emma to fight for her life and freedom, taking a stand for what she wants.
I had high expectations for this book after such a fantastic, shocking ending in the first novel (If you haven’t read my Archetype review, go check that out first). I can see both books appealing to an audience not quite familiar with the science fiction genre and welcoming them into it for the very first time, but for science fiction fanatics like me, Prototype falls short. Continue reading →
Are you a science fiction or dystopian fanatic that feels like you’ve read everything out there? You’ll want to get your hands on Julianna Baggott’s Pure.
To summarize it quickly, here’s the description from the back of the novel itself:
After the Detonations, the world was unrecognizable. Those who survived were fused to their surroundings, even to each other. Today, ten years later, it is Pressia’s birthday. Today she must either become a soldier or be used for target practice. Today, Pressia begins running.
The Dome stands on a hilltop, its inhabitants untouched by the apocalypse. Pures. Patridge has become suspicious of life in the Dome, the secret attempts to enhance the species, and the circumstances of his mother’s death. When he escapes to search for answers, he’ll enter Pressia’s broken world.
In an uncharted wasteland two survivors must discover the key to Earth’s destruction, or suffer the ultimate demise that still lies in its future.
White light blinds you as your eyes open. As they adjust, you see strangers surrounding you. They take care of you, keeping you in a white room like a safe cocoon. Though when you sleep, dreams that feel so real haunt you, sharing a past that might have been yours and urging you to remember it—a truth you must unravel. During your first evaluation session, the doctor asks you how you are feeling and what you saw in your nightmares. You open your mouth to answer, but then a voice in your head, much like a conscience, urges you to lie. What would you do? This is Emma’s reality and she has a choice to make—trust a past life she doesn’t remember or give in to the tempting lifestyle she has now.
In Archetype, the novel is in first-person narrative, a story told through our protagonist Emma’s eyes. When readers first meet Emma, she is a weak and naïve character. She herself even realizes it, but I believe she is a reflection of her circumstances. Now, comparing her to the voice in her head, which early on I assumed was the essence of the woman she was before the “accident,” I enjoyed this stronger and quirky personality much more. I couldn’t get enough of her. She had quick wit and hilarious sarcasm that eased some of the tension in the story. The voice, or as Emma calls it “Her”, even protects Emma, guiding and helping her through her journey of difficult situations and getting her closer to seeing the bigger picture. Continue reading →
Design is a big part of my world. I love pretty things, which is one of the reason I still enjoy buying books. Book covers can be art in themselves.
People do judge books by their covers. It is the first thing they notice when they shop in bookstores. Admit it, a book caught your eye because of the cover art or perhaps a colourful font with personality got you stopping in your tracks.
Alongside my love of reading, I adore art and working with computers, so what better way then getting involved in design, whether its banners, logos, or even book covers!
Check this section out for updates on my work or art/designs I find interesting or worth sharing.