A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.
When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.
Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.
Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?
Number of Pages: 368
Reviewed by Rachel, age 18I have to be honest, The Taking was way better than I expected it to be. I adore Kimberly Derting. The Body Finder series was my go-to mysteries for some time. I think she writes suspense and teenagers well. That all carried over into The Taking.
At first, I thought: really, another "taking" story? But I heard so many great things about this book around the blogosphere, and I love Kimberly Derting, so I had to give it a go. Plus, um, the cover? It's gorgeous.
But I guess what made this book so good was how solidly Derting carried out a very strange situation. It's all too easy to use a million cliches and skate over true reactions in situations like Kyra's in young adult literature. But the character's had such authentic reactions that I was so believable and heart-wrenching. I also loved how Kyra always thought what the reader's were questioning. She never "played dumb" and not see the obvious. That also made the stakes high.
I also really enjoyed Tyler, the love interest. It is a little weird that he's Kyra's ex-boyfriend's younger brother, but I got over it. He's so sweet and amusing while also able to be serious. That's another thing Derting does well: love interests. They're always amazing. Jay...
Kimberly Derting definitely has her own, unique spin on a abduction story. The fact that it happened to such a normal character made it even better. And pay attention to the cover...it has way more to do with the story than its prettiness!
This book has a little bit of everything for everybody. It's humorous, tragic, romantic, action-packed, eerie, suspenseful, sci-fi, contemporary...the list goes on! If you read it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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