Review: Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin


Tabula Rasa
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 invade 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.  





If you are a fan of sci-fi and adventure, this book is perfect for you.

I found that it had elements of intrigue and end-of-the-world chaos that would appeal to Divergent fans. But would I consider this a dystopian? No.

I found Tabula Rasa to be an extremely quick read-- I finished it in a few hours. From the start, it was a page turner and that helped keep me reading. There were several twists along the way that I enjoyed, too.

My only complaints are fairly minor. First,, the author delivers the perfect outcome, which I find to be annoying. I feel there are some books that need to have the unconventional ending to be whole, and this is one of them. Also, I am not too keen on stretching concepts to use at a later point just so the plot can wrap up smoothly. I felt that Tabula Rasa did this on several occasions, which disappointed me.

The concept was interesting and I felt original. The plot felt a bit abrupt at places, which enhanced the iffy-ness I have about the love relationship between the two characters. I just can't say I bought into it. Because of the abrupt nature and piecing together of seemingly unimportant elements, there were a lot of unanswered questions about who/why Angel gets help. The author tried to fill the reader in, but that attempt turned into a massive info dump.


Overall, I can see Tabula Rasa appealing to a certain type of reader. I'm a bit picky when I read outside of my preferred genre, so it was okay for me, but not one that I'm going to praise for years to come. 

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