Title: Tabula Rasa
Author: Kristen Lippert-Martin
Genre: YA Thriller
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages
ISBN-10: 1606845187 (EgmontUSA)
ISBN-13: 978-1606845189 (EgmontUSA)
Reviewed by: Bridget
The Bourne Identity meets Divergent in this heart-pounding debut.
Sixteen-year-old Sarah has a rare chance at a new life. Or so the doctors tell her. She’s been undergoing a cutting-edge procedure that will render her a tabula rasa—a blank slate. Memory by memory her troubled past is being taken away.
But when her final surgery is interrupted and a team of elite soldiers invades the isolated hospital under cover of a massive blizzard, her fresh start could be her end.
Navigating familiar halls that have become a dangerous maze with the help of a teen computer hacker who’s trying to bring the hospital down for his own reasons, Sarah starts to piece together who she is and why someone would want her erased. And she won’t be silenced again.
A high-stakes thriller featuring a non-stop race for survival and a smart heroine who will risk everything, Tabula Rasa is, in short, unforgettable.
Quick & Dirty: Intense story full of action and an intriguing plot. The writing felt a little choppy at times which made me feel a slight disconnect with the story, but overall it was a good read.
Opening Sentence: She points to the chair.
Sarah is getting a new shot at life. She has been a part of an experimental procedure where all of her memories are wiped clean. Once the procedure is complete she will no longer remember anything from her troubled past. Sarah has already been through multiple surgeries and there is just one left for her to be deemed a tabula rasa, or a blank slate. But right before her final procedure a group of elite soldiers invade the hospital, and they are looking for her. Instead of starting over like she planned, she is running for her life in a deserted hospital that is in the middle of nowhere.
Sarah quickly realizes that there was a reason her memories were being erased and if she doesn’t gain back what she lost she may not survive for much longer. With the help of a very cute but infuriating computer hacker, Sarah fights to stay alive and figure out what was so important that she had to forget everything about her past life!
Sarah was a great heroine, but I had a hard time making a good initial connection with her. The way the story was written, Sarah has very few memories of her past. As the story progressed you got to see glimpses into who she use to be. While I really liked this style of writing it made it difficult to connect with Sarah at times. By the end of the story, I actually loved her, but for the first half of the book I didn’t really understand her which made it hard for me to establish a great connection with Sarah. She is a strong character that had many wonderful qualities that I really liked. She is smart, resourceful, witty, and has a great sense of humor. While I didn’t love everything about her, I did end up really liking her.
Thinking about Thomas just makes me smile. He is a super smart good looking guy, but he was also really awkward at times which just made me love him more. When I first met him, I wasn’t quite sure what to think about him but as his story unfolds you start to see how amazing he is. He hasn’t always made the best decisions in his life, but overall he is a good person. The romance between him and Sarah was adorable and I thought they made a very cute couple.
Tabula Rasa is a very interesting story filled with adventure, suspense, and romance. At times I did get a little confused, especially at the beginning of the story, but everything made sense by the end. Also, the pacing wasn’t perfect, there were times it really dragged and other times it seemed rushed. I also felt like the writing was a little choppy. I don’t know if this is just due to lack of poor editing or if it was meant to feel more like that. Personally, I wasn’t a big fan of it because it distracted me from the story at times. With that all being said, this was still a very good read. I really liked the characters and the plot was very intriguing. I just think it could have been revised more and it would have been a lot better. While I didn’t love everything about this book, I would still recommend this to anyone that is looking for an action-packed story with lots of suspense!
And look at that! A sleek black helicopter is landing outside. The rotors come to a quick stop and fold up like some kind of mechanical insect. The windows shake once again as the helicopter that was hovering over the roof descends. It moves slowly, following the contour of the building like it’s prowling for something, looking into all the windows.
The next image that comes up on the monitor is startling and eerie: a small group of people rushing somewhere, frantically falling over each other as they run. That’s when I notice the familiar pattern of marble titles on the floor: It’s a mosaic of the rising sun. That’s the main lobby.
I go to the window and look through the blinds. The helicopter is now twenty yards away, a couple floors up. It begins to move off, and I think it’s leaving, but then the nose turns toward the building. Seconds later, there are three quick blasts of fire, followed by a whistling sound.
I’m able to think the word rockets just as they hit. BOOM. BOOM. BOOM.
FTC Advisory: EgmontUSA provided me with a copy of Tabula Rasa. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.