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Tabula Rasa
Tabula Rasa Series, Book 1
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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....
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....
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  • 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 finds herself in a battle for her life within the walls of her hospital-turned-prison. 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 she'll need to evade an army of mercenary soldiers poised to eliminate her for good. If only she knew why . . .

About the Author-

  • Kristen Lippert-Martin earned her MFA from Columbia University. She's worked at Time magazine, the world-renowned Brookings Institution, and even did a stint as a stand-up comic before turning to writing full-time. She's a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and was awarded the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Work-in-Progress grant in 2010. She likes to write stories about people who are secretly awesome and just need to find the right circumstances—often difficult—to discover themselves. Tabula Rasa, her debut novel, was released in September, 2014. It was an Independent Booksellers Association IndieNext pick for Fall 2014 and is a finalist for the International Thriller Writers 2015 Thriller Awards for best young adult novel. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and four children.

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  • DOGO Books llehlers - I loved this book! I think author Kristen Lippert-Martin is extremely talented for incorporating so many great twists in "Tabula Rasa" and for writing with the amount of detail she did. This dystopian novel somehow ranged from thrilling to romantic to comedic which made for an amazing read! The storyline was amazing, thought-provoking, and kept me wandering about what I would do if given the choices offered to the characters Lippert-Martin describes. Would you sacrifice the memories that make you who you are for the chance at a clean slate?
  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 14, 2014
    Lippert-Martin’s debut finds life in the oft-seen trope of lost memory—and even a somewhat plausible mechanism for bringing about the amnesia. Plausibility isn’t always the name of the game (the government rarely uses world-class architects for medical torture labs), but this is a very entertaining game for thriller fans. Sarah Ramos, 16, is undergoing focused memory-elimination treatments when her surgery is interrupted by a power outage, followed by an invasion of explosives-wielding commandos who are looking for her. Calling on street smarts she didn’t know she possessed, Sarah eludes capture long enough to stumble into a boy who calls himself Pierce and says he’s a hacker for hire. Sarah doesn’t know what side he’s on, but trusting him looks like her best option—and he seems to know who she is. He’s cocky but kind; she’s paranoid but open to change. Both Sarah and Pierce are layered and appealing characters who don’t get too caught up in their own drama—the mayhem around them is excitement enough. Ages 12–up. Agent: Molly Jaffa, Folio Literary Management.

  • Kirkus

    August 1, 2014
    After her memories are surgically erased, one teenage girl fights to recover her identity during a brutal attack on the hospital she's trapped in. At a mysterious medical center tucked among snow-covered mountains, Sarah receives the tabula rasa treatment, or removal of all past memories, for severe PTSD. Orderlies hint that patients are either "victims" or "perpetrators." Though Sarah remembers nothing of her past, including her appearance, she suspects she falls into the latter category. When a power outage interrupts her surgery, a figure in the darkness slips her three pills and instructions. Soon, the center is thrown into chaos as soldiers suddenly attack, and Sarah flees her room, taking up with a teenage hacker sent to retrieve information. As Sarah's memories return in uncontrollable bursts, she pieces together her parents' twisted fate and her role in an attempt to bring down a corporate empire, all while avoiding rampant gunfire and falling perilously in love. The action ramps up quickly and never slows, creating a thriller with made-for-movies imagery. Lippert-Martin attempts to draw Sarah as a tough-as-nails heroine, but a hokey love story undermines her gumption. The back story that should be a rewarding reveal instead reads as an excuse for the cartoonish villain's rampage. A hard-hitting thriller that misses the mark when it comes to emotional impact. (Thriller. 12-18)

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  • School Library Journal

    June 1, 2014

    Gr 7 Up-In this fast-paced but superficial sci-fi thriller, 16-year-old Sarah, who is half-Latina, is being held in a remote, snowy location in a facility where she is being systematically operated on to erase her memories and make her a Tabula Rasa-a blank slate. She has been told it's for her own good because it will redeem her juvenile delinquent past and get her back on track. After mercenaries attack the facility and kill the staff and patients, Sarah realizes that she's their main target, but has no idea why. The teen struggles to stay alive, helped by Thomas, a talented hacker who's broken into the facility for his own reasons. Gunmen relentlessly purse them throughout the damaged facility on orders by Hodges, a powerful woman whom Sarah instinctively hates. The story's plot is more like a video game or film screenplay-all action and little substance. With the exception of Sarah and Thomas, the characters are underdeveloped. Hodges is a caricature of an evil villain with rather nonsensical motives. The medical procedure Sarah's undergoing and the expected result is the most intriguing aspect of the book, but it's ancillary to the rest of the action, which will be a disappointment to readers hoping for a more complex tale.-Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton

    Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publishers Weekly

    "This book is a fast-paced action-adventure read with a touch of scary sci-fi added. Sarah is in the hospital undergoing a procedure that will erase who she was before and help her become a better person. As she begins the final procedure that will clear all of her previous memories, the electricity goes out and the hospital is attacked by soldiers. Someone has also left Sarah clothes and mysterious pills that she is urged to take, so she escapes the hospital and the mercenaries who are trying to kill her. She meets Thomas, who helps her to discover what is happening and who is out to harm her. The story had many twists and turns that made it unpredictable, and one that was difficult to put down. This will appeal to all readers as there is also a romantic connection between Sarah and Thomas. Recommended." —Library Media Connection

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