Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to EgmontUSA and Edelweiss.
Tabula Rasa
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 by Kristen Lippert-Martin

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Tabula Rasa(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to EgmontUSA and Edelweiss.)
16-year-old Sarah has been in a facility receiving drugs and brain surgery for months. She doesn’t know why she’s there, other than what she’s been told; which is that she’s there to forget certain things.
When Sarah is slipped some random tablets, finds clothes in her room, and her door open, she is further shocked to find people shooting at the building, and some random army guys trying to kill her.
Who is Sarah? What did she do to end up at the facility? And is there any way to remember what she forgot?

This was an okay story, but the lack of answers was annoying.

Sarah was a bit of an odd character, and it was a bit hard to connect with her because she didn’t even know who she was! Her apparent love of heights was a little strange, although not as strange as her desire to leap from them, and her thought processes did seem a little odd at times.

The storyline in this was a bit weird. The opening chapter was a bit yucky with regards to Sarah’s brain surgery, but from there on it was just weird; the building being shot at by planes, the random tablets and not knowing who they were from or what they would do to her, the army-type guys who seemed to want to kill her, and so on. The problem with all this weirdness was that the answers we needed just didn’t come, we got further and further into this randomness, with no explanation for what was going on; why Sarah was even there in the first place, what this woman wanted with her, and so on. I mean I can put up with the weirdness for a while, but there comes a point when the lack of answers just gets really irritating.
There was some romance, but not a lot. It was okay, but I wasn’t exactly swept off my feet.
The ending was okay, but whilst we’d gone through 85% of the book completely clueless, we were then given this huge info dump, which even after all that waiting I had trouble staying awake for. Some of the revelations were interesting, but I wasn’t swept off my feet by the answers either, which was disappointing considering how long I had waited for them!
Overall; a strange storyline, with a lack of explanations,
5 out of 10.

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