BLOG TOUR: TABULA RASA by Kristen Lippert-Martin

Thanks to the publisher, we are pleased to present a review and giveaway of Tabula Rasa, a new sci-fi thriller from Kristen Lippert-Martin.  Check out my thoughts on the book, then enter the giveaway (US/Canada only)!

By Kristen Lippert-Martin
Published on September 23rd 2014
Published by EgmontUSA
Source: Publisher
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.

Tabula Rasa plunges you right into its complicated, messy world as Sarah prepares to undergo the last surgery she needs to have her mind wiped so she will be completely free of a past that she only has the foggiest of memories of.  She can only guess at what her past is, which is not so great when people start to try to kill her because of who she is -- if only she knew who that was.

This is a fast paced book that I read over just a few sittings and definitely did not want to put down.  You definitely feel for Sarah, especially as she starts recalling her past, as it's not a great one.  She is strong and resilient, though, and even when circumstances look dire for her, she never gives up.  She just wants to make things right, by the end, and has to reconcile her past with her present, and figure out who she wants to be going forward.

There is some romance, and while it's not love at first sight, Sarah and her dude are really only together for a short period of time before things get shmoopy.  That said, the romance doesn't take over the book at all, and is really only a minor part of the plot.  

It does take a somewhat frustratingly long time to get answers, and you'll probably guess a few of them before the book gets you there. I liked that we got most of the answers, and that the book seems to be a stand-alone, but they're delivered in a few pretty big info-dumps that could maybe have been worked in a little more naturally.

Overall, this was a fun read that kept me interested the whole way through.  Like I said, it seems like a stand-alone, but if Lippert-Martin returned to this universe, I'd probably pick up the follow-up.  There are some kind of gross scenes in the beginning, talking about Sarah's brain surgery, and a fair amount of violence throughout the book (shooting, explosions, injuries, etc.) but otherwise is a clean read.

About the author...

Kristen Lippert-Martin has an MFA from Columbia University. She's worked at Time, the world-renowned Brookings Institution, and even had a stint as a stand-up comic before turning to writing full-time. She was awarded the SCBWI's Work-in-Progress grant in 2010.

She lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and four children. Tabula Rasa is her first novel.

Visit her online at and follow her on Twitter @KLipMart
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