Tabula Rasa

Tabula RasaWritten by Kristen Lippert-Martin

Ever been to a great action movie with a weak plot? Well, that’s this book. Lippert-Martin has an intriguing intro. Sarah is in a research facility undergoing experimental surgery to remove painful memories. She doesn’t know who she is, what she looks like, or what she is trying to forget. She is either the victim or perpetrator of a horrible crime. During a procedure, the power goes out and she feels someone put something in her hand. It turns out that she’s been given pills to reverse the procedures and items to aid her escape. But is that what she wants? The action hits a few chapters in when the facility is attacked. The story is now fast paced and at times, in your face. The unfortunate part is that most of the violence and action is often action for action’s sake and the deaths are often unnecessary and excessive. The mystery to Sarah’s life is finally exposed at the end of the book and it leaves you feeling, “hmm, all that destruction for that?” Overall, it’s a page turner that, though it may leave you wishing it had more to it, won’t leave you disappointed that you read it. This book is for teenage readers and up.

Review by Teresa Edmunds, Westbrook Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★½✩ (3.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 9-12

Tabula Rasa
Written by Kristen Lippert-Martin
Egmont USA
335 pages
Release Date: September 23, 2014

Categories: Sr. High – Fiction
Tags: sci-fi, action, dysfunctional family, suspense, female hero

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