Review of Tabula Rasa

July 8, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Review of Tabula RasaTabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin
Published by EgmontUSA on 9-23-2014
Length: 7:41
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Audiobook
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four-half-stars

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.

In Tabula Rasa, a young girl named Sarah is in a hospital with no memory of her past and being subjected to various experiments. Shortly after the book opens, soldiers storm the hospital and try to kill Sarah. From there, she spends the novel trying to stay alive, learning more about who she is, and ultimately dealing with the enemies who want her dead.

Overall, this was a fun and interesting ride. There is a huge mystery about where she is and why she is there that is slowly revealed throughout the book. She meets a computer hacker (Thomas) and both of them lead the story to the end.

I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, but I really enjoyed it and found it a fun read. There may have been a few sections that were a bit unbelievable, but it didn’t detract too much. The characters are all very well done, each with their own set of eccentricities. A few are somewhat boring, but they don’t stick around for long. I’m really looking forward to the sequel to see what happens with Sarah.

I listened to the audiobook version and the narrator did a really fantastic job. She got the voices right, the feelings, the inflections, etc. It was a pleasure to listen to her.

four-half-stars
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