Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin Review

Expected Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Format: ARC
Page Count: 352 pages
Source: Publisher

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.

Sarah 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 destruction?

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 . . .


I don't know about  "The Bourne Identity meets Divergent.. with a Katniss-espue" part. I mean, it was definitely fast paced and had lots of action but it wasn't any of those above. 

Basically, tabula rasa is a blank state. Sarah, if that is her name because that's what the people tell her, is in this program at a hospital/prison-like. There she's lucky to have a "second chance at life", but honestly she's there for brain surgery. There's this halo thing that holds her skull while the doctor drills into her skull, injecting substances in her brain to wipe out her memories and turn her into a blank state.

On her last surgery/ the starting point of the story, the power goes off and a mysterious figure shoves pills and a not into her hand. The hospital is being attacked and Sarah escapes.

While running, she runs into a hacker. Technically she punches him in the face first. His name is Thomas and he's with his father to take down Tabula Rasa... only if he knew where his dad is. His dad, 8-Bit us missing and their team doesn't show up.

I loved the romance in this. Thomas was really likeable. He wasn't stupid or a douche. He cared for Sarah and he was really funny at times and I think that what made the book a little less deep into it. What was even better was that the whole book wasn't taken over by the romance.

Like I said before, this book went really fast! I'm pretty sure this is a standalone book and I expected a little more but overall it was still amazing.

ARC provided by Edelweiss and EgmontUSA


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