YA Review of Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin


Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin

Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: EgmontUSA (September 23, 2014)

Genre: Science fiction/thriller

Series: None (I think)

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

The Bourne Identity meets Divergent in this action-packed
debut thriller with a Katniss-esque heroine fighting to regain her
memories and stay alive, set against a dystopian hospital background.

starts a crazy battle for her life within the walls of her
hospital-turned-prison when a procedure to eliminate her memory goes
awry and she starts to remember snatches of her past. Was she an urban
terrorist or vigilante? Has the procedure been her salvation or her

The answers lie trapped within her mind. To access
them, she’ll need the help of the teen computer hacker who’s trying to
bring the hospital down for his own reasons, and a pill that’s blocked
by an army of mercenary soldiers poised to eliminate her for good. If
only she knew why . . .

“This is a snap-the-whip story, dark and
fast. The sparks of humor in the voice won me over. Bottom line: I think
the cocktail of suspense and believable smart-assery adds up to an
addictive dose of reader appeal.” –Blythe Woolston, author of the
William C. Morris Award winner The Freak Observer

About the Author:

Kristen Lippert-Martin has an MFA from Columbia University. She’s worked at Time,
the world-renowned Brookings Institution, and even had a stint as a
stand-up comic before turning to writing full-time. She was awarded the
SCBWI’s Work-in-Progress grant in 2010.

She lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and four children. Tabula Rasa is her first novel.

Visit her online at kristenlippertmartin.com and follow her on Twitter @KLipMart. The author lives in Arlington, VA. 

My Thoughts:

The book opens with Sarah undergoing a surgery to erase a piece of her
memory, but the power goes out during the middle of the procedure and
someone slips something into her hand. Before long, Sarah’s sterile
hospital world is torn apart and she is on the run from an unknown
enemy. She makes some interesting allies as she tries to avoid capture
and stay alive.

A fast paced read, tabula rasa is a page turner that starts off with a
bang. Even though the book is fairly short and action packed, the
characters are nicely developed and as a reader, I couldn’t help but be
sucked in. I wanted to know who Sarah was and what she had done to
receive the “special treatment” at the hospital. I also liked
Pierce/Thomas and his story. I loved the way the two of them interacted

While it wasn’t a perfect book, it was a pretty good way to spend an
afternoon. If you are looking for a clean thriller for your teen (or
yourself), give this book a try.

Content: A couple mild curses and some violence, but pretty clean for the genre.

Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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