Tabula Rasa (Tabula Rasa Saga Series #1)

Tabula Rasa (Tabula Rasa Saga Series #1)

by Kristen Lippert-Martin

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Overview

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 starts a crazy battle for her life within the walls of her hospital-turned-prison when 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 a pill that's blocked by an army of mercenary soldiers poised to eliminate her for good. If only she knew why . . .

"This is a snap-the-whip story, dark and fast. The sparks of humor in the voice won me over. Bottom line: I think the cocktail of suspense and believable smart-assery adds up to an addictive dose of reader appeal." —Blythe Woolston, author of the William C. Morris Award winner The Freak Observer

Releases simultaneously in electronic book format (ISBN: 9781606845196).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606845189
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Series: Tabula Rasa Saga Series , #1
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: HL650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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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Tabula Rasa 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
LiliaPera More than 1 year ago
Story is way to predictable. No imagination.
book4children More than 1 year ago
The book opens with Sarah undergoing a surgery to erase a piece of her memory, but the power goes out during the middle of the procedure and someone slips something into her hand. Before long, Sarah's sterile hospital world is torn apart and she is on the run from an unknown enemy. She makes some interesting allies as she tries to avoid capture and stay alive. A fast paced read, tabula rasa is a page turner that starts off with a bang. Even though the book is fairly short and action packed, the characters are nicely developed and as a reader, I couldn't help but be sucked in. I wanted to know who Sarah was and what she had done to receive the "special treatment" at the hospital. I also liked Pierce/Thomas and his story. I loved the way the two of them interacted together. While it wasn't a perfect book, it was a pretty good way to spend an afternoon. If you are looking for a clean thriller for your teen (or yourself), give this book a try. Content: A couple mild curses and some violence, but pretty clean for the genre. Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book draws you in quickly and is highly addictive with plot twists, high amounts of action, and intriguing characters. Sarah in particular is an interesting character to read, and I loved learning about her past and seeing her personality evolve over the course of the book. Definitelyba fast and fun read!
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
Tabula Rasa starts with us seeing Sarah strapped to a chair and about to have her brain drilled! She isn't struggling though because this is voluntary. She cant remember why she volunteered but she knows she did. The program is meant to erase troubled memories and give the patient a new start in life. Sarah has been content to go through with the treatments until during her final treatment the lights go out and someone trusts a bag of something into her hand. She knows not to check it till she goes back to her room and is away from prying eyes. There are 3 pills inside the bag with instructions to take one at exactly 24 hour intervals. She takes one without thinking and not long after starts getting flashbacks. Who gave her the tablets and why? Why did they pick the exact day that elite soldiers break into the hospital intent on killing Sarah to give her the tablets? Why exactly are soldiers trying to kill her? She needs to get her memories back or she will be killed.  Well this was quite the surprise!! Talk about an action packed book. This book doesn't stop from the first page till the last so be prepared for a rollercoaster of a ride.  Sarah is an enigma at the start. She knows nothing about herself until her flash backs start. Who is she and why is she there? I absolutely loved the intrigue of finding out who she is. We get to know her slowly over the course of the book and one things for certain, she is an awesome heroine. So brave and strong!!  When the soldiers attack, Sarah meets Thomas and I have to say that he is such a sweetheart. He is hacker and was hired, along with his father, to hack the system of the hospital but he has no idea who hired him or why. He was my favourite character because of his loyalness and strength. He helps Sarah because its the right thing to do. I loved seeing their relationship grow and even though there's no much romance, its still really sweet. Plot wise, its an extremely faced paced read and one that will have you on the edge of your seat sometimes. The author definitely knows how to keep her readers tense and only throw enough at them to constantly keep us guessing. I loved how the book came together at the end. Overall Tabula Rasa is a superbly written rollercoaster of a ride! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and I could barely stop reading because I had to see what happened next. A very thrilling, intriguing read and one Id highly recommend. 
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Creatively Combined Current Concepts   would like to thank NetGalley & Edmont USA for granting me a copy of this e-ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review.Goodreads Blurb:"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 story has as many twists and turns as a corkscrew roller coaster, all needing to be navigated to a plucky heroine, and a computer hacker hiding a heart of gold underneath his gruff exterior. From the very beginning Sarah doesn't know why she's having this procedure done, she only knows what they've told her - that she has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She doesn't even know who she is. She must have at one point, but she doesn't recall anything now; she simply assumes that the prior treatments have caused this loss of herself.Sarah is drifting in a sea of nothingness when the book opens, and as she ever so slowly begins to eke her way back to something, maybe it's reality, or maybe just a hallucination brought on by the medications or surgeries. But as she prepares for the final surgery, the one that will give her a brand new start, we learn what little there is to know about Sarah from her directly. Unfortunately she doesn't know very much at all, not even her own last name. On the verge of beginning the last operation things begin strangely, and then get downright crazy, fast. Not longer after the operation is interrupted to the point of everyone basically abandoning Sarah in the procedure room, we meet the fabled hacker. And from that point on the action is almost non-stop. The soldiers, the 'hospital staff,' and everyone else in the area are all after Sarah, the hacker, or both.The emotional tension and intentional confusion contained in this book make for very entertaining reading. Almost all the major players provide a wide array of emotional issues and varying maturity levels. Some are natural and normal, others a product of the tender mercies of the hospital, yet they all blend together to create an original story that puts some interesting ideas out there. Some of these ideas aren't necessarily new, but I've certainly never seen these particular concepts combined like this, which is what makes for such an enjoyable read. It doesn't hurt that ideas like those we encounter in this book are easy to imagine happening in the near future, if not now. This concepts within book don't require much suspension of disbelief on the part of the reader, demonstrating Ms. Lippert-Martin's wonderful touch of subtlety. With entertaining characters and well kept pacing throughout the entire story makes this book one enjoyable read, from cover to cover.
GabrielLives More than 1 year ago
I had a blast with this book. It read super quick, had loads of action, and the mystery element of the story had this whole X-Files thing going on (but not, like, alien X-Files). The Bourne tag is appropriate, but like, a Bourne story as told by Joss Whedon. At its heart, this is a story about identity. The main character (I'm being purposely vague about her name) struggles with discovering her past as memories force their way into her reality - a side effect of reversing what the Tabula Rasa project has done. The Hollywood pace makes it a great pick for guys, but girls will definitely find the romance hook worth checking out. Page turner all the way through.
BooksbyNightMommybyDay More than 1 year ago
**I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley and Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review** 4 stars Sarah Ramos…or is that really her name?  That’s what they call her, and since she doesn’t know any different, she assumes that MUST be her name.  All she does know for sure is that her attire consists of a backless hospital gown, she is undergoing some medical treatments in a remote secure facility she refers to as The Center, and she’s supposed to getting a “fresh start” after her medical procedures are complete – the Tabula Rasa, or blank slate.  But when the facility starts have mysterious black outs, Sarah starts wondering what they are really trying to take away from her – just her memories, or her future.   When Sarah is given a mysterious and unauthorized baggie during one of the black outs from a stranger in the dark containing three clear gel capsules, she begins to start questioning why and where she is in this facility.  After taking one, Sarah starts having reenactments that flash through her head like memories…accept this is the first she remembers seeing the images that flash across her mind.   Then she finds the odd clothing underneath her bed, she trusts her instincts and hurriedly puts them on…just in time, as the facility begins to be overtaken by a helicopter and gun fire.  So Sarah does the only thing she knows for certain she is supposed to do – she runs, and tries to survive. And when she meets up with “Pierce”, she decides to start making her own decisions and she ends up sticking with him as he seems to have an inside view into what is happening with the attack and who is doing the attacking.  Together, they start researching and investigating what the facility really is, who is running it, and who could possibly want to attack a facility with some PTSD patients in it looking for a clean slate…but is that really all that’s going on?  That is what Sarah is determined to find out.  And as she begins getting more and more of HER memories back in the form of the flash visions, she starts to piece some of the details together.  And as her and “Pierce”, really Thomas as she later finds out, spend more time together, a special bond is formed.  He vows to protect her and get to the bottom of the who and what is really going on in The Center – and the most important…the why. I really enjoyed the action and intrigue that was constant from page 1 of this book.  Once Sarah’s adventure gets going, it never stops.  It’s like her whole life unfolds before her in a period of two days.  There was a little bit of romance, a LOT of action, and conspiracy all loaded into this story.  It was very well written and thought out exploration of what happens when a doctors vision and science gets pushed too far.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of the Bourne Identity and Divergent, so when I saw the book description, I immediately requested it from NetGalley. I wish I would have liked it as much. Sarah was a strong female protagonist and I appreciated that she worked the problem instead of just sitting down and having a good cry when everything went off the rails. Thomas was very enjoyable, providing both humor and sarcasm to lighten the mood. I thought the idea of wiping someone's memory, essentially giving them a blank slate, was fascinating and looked forward to seeing what the author would do with that idea. Despite almost nonstop action and a fast pace, I felt like the story never really went anywhere for 80% of the book. I had a flashback to Scooby Doo episodes when, at the end of the novel, the antagonist gave a speech reminiscent of 'if it weren't for those meddling kids, I would have gotten away with it'. With the pace of the story, I think it would have worked much better if things were gradually revealed instead of the information dump at the end. I don't know if this is a planned series, but the ending offered the possibility of another book. Overall, I thought Tabula Rasa had a great concept, provided some interesting characters and nonstop action, but lost its momentum toward the end. This review was based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin Publisher: Egmont USA Publication Dae: September 23, 2014 Rating: 3 stars Source: ARC sent by the author Summary (from Goodreads): 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 starts a crazy battle for her life within the walls of her hospital-turned-prison when 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 a pill that's blocked by an army of mercenary soldiers poised to eliminate her for good. If only she knew why . . . What I Liked: Sarah doesn't know who she is, her background, her past, her identity. Everything is being wiped from her memory - or so she thought. When the power goes out in her "hospital" compound, Sarah escapes - and she starts remembering. She stumbles upon a hacker genius about her age, and together, they try and get her the medicine that will allow her to remember everything faster. But there are many people that want to kill Sarah, but Sarah isn't giving up that easily. I liked this book. I know that my three-star reviews usually seem a little more negative than positive (not my intention though), but I usually at least *like* the 3-star-rated books. I liked this one. It's a thriller, a standalone, and I'm happy for both of those things. There aren't enough standalone debuts. And there aren't enough good thrillers. I wouldn't say that this is the most spellbinding and remarkable thriller I've read, but I liked it. The book starts with Sarah getting another procedure done in her head. The imagery is very vivid and almost graphic, but not to the point where a squeamish person will freak out. Everything is really well-described though, in terms of the surgeries and what's being done to Sarah's head, and Sarah's emptiness and confusion. Then Sarah escapes, and the rest of the book is spent with Pierce/Thomas and Sarah trying to figure out how to gain access to the medical locker, to get Sarah's pills. The imagery and descriptions are very thorough, in the beginning of the book. I'm not sure about the rest of the book, but this really stood out to me in the first part of the book, before Sarah escapes. It really sucks you in. The writing is very simple and easy to read - so it's not unique and lush and gorgeous, but it's easy to read and helps the book go faster. I liked Sarah, and I liked Thomas. I can't say I really connected with either of them, but I liked them. I liked following their story. I wanted to know who Sarah was before she was admitted to the "hospital", why she was there, etc. The mystery surrounding the protagonist was interesting. I wanted to know what was going - but this was a little frustrating, because I felt like the author wasn't explaining things fast enough. Read on! What I Did Not Like: I found the plot frustrating, because I felt like information wasn't being revealed fast enough, or at all, yet information should have been revealed. It was like the author was trying to show us things and she was trying to be tricksy and sneaky with it but it just wasn't working out for her. Like, something would be hinted at, but it wouldn't be explained, but this was frustrating! Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. In this case, it didn't really work. I mean, I wanted to know what would happen, and I kept reading, but I was frustrated while reading. Hints about Sarah's mother, father, past, potential criminal record, etc. were all dropped along the story, but I wanted to KNOW, not be teased. I found Sarah's past to be annoying and frustrating as well. The author built up this epic character with a crazy past, but I felt like Sarah didn't live up to her past. Her past seemed like a legend's past, a rockstar, an actress, someone who mattered. But Sarah didn't seem that way. Like I said, this was frustrating. The "big reveal"/climax was extremely anticlimactic, in my opinion. I'm referring to the big infodump, when the villain reveals his/her diabolical plan. So anticlimactic. I rolled my eyes several times. It was so cliche! And obvious! Couldn't it have been something more complex?! Would I Recommend It: Despite the fact that this book frustrated me a great deal, I liked it. I especially liked that it is a standalone, and so I won't have to "suffer" through another book (I liked this one enough to read a second book, if there would be another, but it wouldn't be a priority). I think you should read this one if you were already interested in it! It won't (necessarily) disappoint! Rating: 3 stars. Not a bad debut at all! Not a favorite, but I'm glad I read it. I'll be keeping my eye on the author's upcoming novels.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from September 15 to 16, 2014 Book Info  Hardcover, 352 pages Expected publication: September 23rd 2014 by Egmont USA ISBN 1606845187 (ISBN13: 9781606845189) other editions (5) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links  Amazon  B&N  BOOK SYNOPSIS 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 starts a crazy battle for her life within the walls of her hospital-turned-prison when 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 a pill that's blocked by an army of mercenary soldiers poised to eliminate her for good. If only she knew why . . . "This is a snap-the-whip story, dark and fast. The sparks of humor in the voice won me over. Bottom line: I think the cocktail of suspense and believable smart-assery adds up to an addictive dose of reader appeal." --Blythe Woolston, author of the William C. Morris Award winner "The Freak Observer" Releases simultaneously in electronic book format (ISBN: 9781606845196) My Thoughts Not sure what triggered the conceptual idea for this story but it has many elements integrated within from popular books/movies that we can readily identify which make it familiar but at the same time the author has created her own unique world, characters and plot that are easy to relate to as well as entertaining to read about. Sarah is above all resourceful, she may not be functioning at 100% capacity but no matter what she never quits which is one of the main attractions to her story that kept me reading. Thomas is quite simply a geek who has a way of endearing himself to both Sarah and the reader, his mad computer skills are only matched by his determination to help Sarah stay alive! Together these teens combat overwhelming odds against them as they seek answers to Sarah’s questions while trapped within the hospital, finding more than they bargained for when they least expect it. Packed with action that at times defies belief one can easily picture the scenes in their mind as they unfold on the pages, which make for quick reading from beginning to end of book. Unlike others if had to compare Sarah Ramos to another resourceful female character my pick would be Sarah Connor from Terminator franchise, they share a similar ferocity of will to survive. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]