Sarah is in a the Center, head clamped into a halo, waiting for the drilling to begin. She knows this is all part of the process for her and others in the hospital suffering from PTSD. She takes her meds like she's supposed to, until one day an orderly hands her a note that reads:
"Take one pill at a time, at 24-hour intervals.
24 hours exactly.
Remain still after taking."
And the chain of events to fight and survive begin....
Sarah doesn't know her past very well because they are being erased one at a time to ease her PTSD...or is that what's happening? The Center is creating a tabula rasa experience by slowing taking all things Sarah may have known through interactions and previous knowledge and giving her a completely blank slate. A new start in life. What the patients don't know is this is only the surface of what the Center is doing for its patients. Sarah was complacent, at the least, with her decision but the truth about what the Center is truly about begins to crumble and her past life and memories they are trying so hard to erase is coming back, making connections...
At first she only knows bits and pieces, but slowly she realizes why there are people slowly hunting her down, who will stop at nothing to see her dead. As the bullets fly and the people she knows dies, Sarah runs for her life straight into a stranger named Thomas, who has his own reason for being part of the Center's takedown. Their relationship is tentative at first, not knowing who to trust or why each one should but when the walls surrounded their mysteries come down, doubt is replaced by a solid partnership and assurance which grows stronger between the two.
Together, Sarah and Thomas make a formidable alliance against the adults tracking their every move through stealth and state-of-the-art devices. With Sarah's strength and daring paired with Thomas's finesse with computer hacking, both prepare for the battle ahead. They meet both friends and strangers who become enemies or allies, which only adds to the fury that burns in Sarah when she finds out what that initial first cryptic message really means. But can she survive an army of mercenaries with the help of one?
New YA author Kristen Lippert-Martin writes a story filled with action, plot, motive and deceit. Readers will instantly get drawn into the chaos fighting alongside the characters while the plot will keep them on the edge of their seats, waiting for more of the truth to be revealed. This book will attract readers who love high intensity situations. Think of movies like Mission Impossible or Taken and that is the mood Lippert creates through words and what mental images come to the readers mind. This is one considered an ultimate page-turner! Recommended upper JH/HS