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Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin

Posted by Caitie F on September 22, 2014

Title: Tabula Rasa
Author: Kristen Lippert-Martin
Hardcover: Sept 23. 2014
Pub Date: 352 pages
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

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.


I have mentioned that I am always looking for young adult thrillers, so when I saw “Bourne Identity meets Divergent” I was excited. I was hoping for a crazy fast-paced book with killer action scenes.

And that is exactly what I got. The book was so exciting. There were bad guys with guns. There were good guys with guns. There were crazy fight scenes and gun battles that had me on the edge of my seat and it was absolutely impossible to put the book down. I skipped lunch to finish that book.

Is the book perfect? No. There are a lot of plot devices, but it was so exciting that I did not even care. It was just like action movies – things have to be done or taken in x amount of time to add suspense and risk. And that is okay, it just took me out of the story for a second.

The hospital and what they are doing there is kind of mind blowing. The more I found out, the scarier it was. I could totally see some people trying to do it…and being manipulative with it to hurt people they didn’t like.

My only issue with the book was that the end felt like an info dump. Someone explains everything they did and how they did it, like it was a Scooby Doo cartoon. I think it could have been done a little better, but it didn’t ruin the book.

If you are looking for a fast-paced action thriller that will keep you guessing, pick this up!


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