Tabula Rasa, a YA novel that begins with a young girl in a hospital undergoing treatments to remove some of her memories. She doesn't remember who she was or what she did to need to have those memories removed and to have a second chance at life.
During her current operation, several strange things happen: she sees a familiar and hated figure, but doesn't remember who she is or why she arouses such hatred, the power fails, she receives a note and some pills that are handed to her in the dark.
From then on the novel picks up speed until it is absolutely racing from one incident to another. Intense and satisfying in the beginning, eventually events become too difficult to swallow. Too many coincidences.
What began as a thrilling action/adventure tale, floundered and devolved into an unsatisfactory wrapping up.
The novel will appeal to its intended audience, but unfortunately, it doesn't give its audience enough credit.
Read in March; blog review scheduled for Aug.
YA. Sept. 22, 2014. Print version: 352 pages.