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 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.

This was a really action-packed and fast-paced book. The blurb describes it as “unforgettable,” but it may be for different reasons than one would think.

The setting is basically in one place, which is the hospital/research facility/building that our main character Angel is in. She is undergoing several surgeries to wipe out all her memories, rendering her mind a blank slate, thus the title “tabula rasa.” However, before one of her surgeries there is a power outage and it isn’t completed. Stuff happen, and she’s basically on the loose because people want her found/dead/captured/whatever.

All the action scenes in the story were either inside the building or outside of it. We find out that there’s a basement to the building along with 6 known floors. That have an aquarium. And lobby. And locker rooms and gym courts. I’m not sure what a research-facility-hospital-building-thing with like four test subjects/patients would need for a gym court but alright.

The book really centers on two characters: Angel and her hacker friend Thomas. The other characters in the book are really not worth mentioning because they’re either 1)plot devices or 2)plot devices that will die. Alright then moving on. Angel gets help from a character that really has NO MOTIVE to help her (moving on with the plot) and receives some pills that make her remember her memories. Here’s the catch – she has to take ALL three of them during 24-hour intervals or her mind if reduced to mush. So Angel gets the help of Thomas to go through the soldier-infested building to get more drugs. I mean pills.

“Hey kids, want some drugs?”

Btw, Angel and Thomas have a really cute and unbelievable romance. They fall in love within three days and it’s super cute but wot. They even say the words to each other, too. That’s pretty weird, considering they’ve known each other for three days, but half the time they were trying to stay alive so ??????


Angel’s feelings about her past life were rather straight-forward and to the point. There’s no superfluous amount of emotions and the book leans more towards the action. So if you’re looking for an in-depth book (but also with action) about a character’s struggle in rediscovering her lost memories. Haha no. Even the remembering parts seemed rushed to get back to the action. Which I appreciated, don’t get me wrong.

I would think that the tabula rasa concept would be super cool. (I mean, the name itself evokes a certain awesome-ness) but it’s just getting your memories wiped. Pretty much amnesia. So as cool as it SOUNDS, the concept isn’t that different than any other story’s memory loss. In fact it’s pretty much the same.


Probably the worst complaint in the book for me was the villain’s speech at the end. It was so poorly executed, unbelievable, and silly that I started laughing during it. I mean, she pretty much tells the readers EVERYTHING and info dumps vomits everything out. Alright then. 
This was a really quick, fun read with lots of action and none of those lame touchy feeeeelings to get in the way. I’d recommend it for someone looking for a light adventure to get your blood pumped. Just the actions, not much feels – no strings attached. 
Rating: 2.5

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