Clean Slate


Tabula Rasa, by Kristen Lippert-Martin, EgmontUSA (September 23, 2014)

Grade 7+, 352 pgs (Hard Back).

This is a Netgalley Review I did months ago and the book is finally almost here! I received a digital ARC free for my honest review.

Tabula Rasa is an exciting new YA Science Fiction adventure novel that blends a medical thriller with a hard action novel into an amazing and complete book.  While there could be a sequel, there is no cliffhanger ending, and though some questions are not answered all the important ones for this novel were.

Our main character thinks her name is Sarah, but she is not sure.  She has been sent to this facility to have her memories removed and given a new start through experimental brain surgery.  Because Sarah did something, or had something happen to her so terrible that the courts, or her family, or someone decided she needed to be fixed.  And it must be working since Sarah can’t remember anything: her name, her face, or her family.  At least that is what we think as the book starts.  The entire book takes place in this mysterious facility in the mountains during a snow storm.  What exactly are they doing, and is there something more to the Tabula Rasa treatment than what Sarah has been told?

This was a pleasure to read and I absolutely loved the development of Sarah as she rediscovered her past.  An entire book that takes place in one lonely facility is hard to pull off, but like a great action movie this one kept it interesting as Sarah finds herself in the middle of a battle over the technology that is Tabula Rasa.  The characters crept, clawed, and leapt through the book accomplishing near super human feats through nothing more than determination and grit, often dealing with the consequences of their own surgery and pasts.   This book has absolutely everything I love in it, and I will be recommending this book for our library, I also recommend this to adults who want a great self contained fast adventure.

Note to parents, this book has gruesome death, violence, and supporting characters who deal in a lot of moral grey areas.  There are no truly good guys except the ones who died before the start of the novel, the rest I will leave up to you to make your decision.  Who is good?  Who deserves to die?  And who wants to forget?