Incognita review by Ampster
Incognita (Tabula Rasa Saga) (Tabula Rasa Trilogy)
by Kristen Lippert-Martin
Age Range - 12 and up
Genre - Adventure

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Age at time of review - 12
Reviewer's Location - Sioux Center, Iowa, United States
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Angel Ramos was in a hospital as a test subject for a long time. During that time the doctors modified her brain making her memories distant or missing from her life completely. Since then, Angel has found a new life as a simple teenager with her boyfriend, Thomas. When a fancy party goes wrong and Thomas is missing, Angel must put her trust in a strange boy with no memory, like her, named Micky. With both her and Thomas’s lives on the line, Angel must remember key points in her former life that will help her fight through the evil forces. Her  Grandfather, Erskine Claymore, who led and payed for her memory wipe and the wiping of many other people's memories, still attempts to find and exterminate Angel. Grace Fitzgerald, Angel's strange guardian, seems to be part of the plot against Angel, helping out the ones who tried to drown her. Angel must watch who she trusts or she will end up dead.
 
As this mysterious thriller unfolds, Angel must wrack her brain to figure out Thomas’s and Micky’s conditions. To do this, Angel must stay one step ahead of the authorities and rely on Larry, the doctor who helped her escape the horrendous place that doubles as the hospital where her life was destroyed.
 
With one clue after another, Angel finds herself in a plot that is bigger than herself and everyone she loves. Will Angel escape with her life?
 

Opinion: 

Incognita was a fast-paced book with twists of science-fiction and mystery. Even though this is the second book in a trilogy, I could still make sense of it. The twists of suspense and betrayal caught me off guard, and left me hungering for more. Angel was introduced in the story as a girl who didn’t need a guy to save her. I think that really shows the power anyone can have, even a person who seems weak, if they try. Thomas reminds me of a sarcastic, protective teenager who wants to get things done as fast as possible. Micky, my personal favorite, had a bit of every other character in him, making him intertwined with wit, charm, power, care, and mystery. Micky was so unpredictable, that it made me think as I turned each page: What will he do next?
 
This story had everything, from a small bit of romance, to betrayal, from humor to sacrifice, and even adding a revenge plot that struck from before Angel was tempered with. This book kept me on my toes, anxiously turning each page in excitement and nervousness at what might come next. 
 
I believe this book was very well written and burst with an abundance of detail, flavor and the author’s voice which cuts through, making this book unique and wonderful.
 
Rating:
4
Content Rating:

Content rating - some mature content

Explain your content rating: 

This book had a bit of YA-acceptable romance, which could be a problem for some young readers. It also had some death and mind control that might scare younger readers.

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