The Taking by Kimberly Derting
Series: The Taking #1
Published by HarperTeen
Published on: April 29. 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer meets The Fifth Wave in this chilling and explosive new series from author Kimberly Derting.
The last thing Kyra Agnew remembers is a flash of bright light. She awakes to discover that five whole years have passed. Everyone in her life has moved on—her parents divorced, her boyfriend is in college and dating her best friend—but Kyra's still the sixteen-year-old she was when she vanished. She finds herself drawn to Tyler, her boyfriend's kid brother, despite her best efforts to ignore her growing attraction. In order to find out the truth, the two of them decide to retrace her steps from that fateful night. They discover there are others who have been "taken," just like Kyra. Only, Kyra is the first person to have been returned past the forty-eight-hour taken mark. With a determined, secret government agency after her, Kyra desperately tries to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had . . . but what if the life she wants back is not her own?
As soon as I read a fellow bloggers review of this on Amazon, I was sold on reading it. She said she couldn’t put it down. Well I couldn’t either. I started it one afternoon and finished it at 6 a.m. the next day after not sleeping. It’s YA but that didn’t even matter, I think adults can read and enjoy this just as much as an older teen would.
Kyra is a sixteen year old star softball player. After a game one night, she gets into a fight with her dad and decides to exit his car in the middle of nowhere. Something happens and she disappears for five years. This is the story of what happens when she shows back up. No memory of what happened to her and with life as she knew it completely different. She’s missed out on her senior year of school, going to college with her boyfriend and now her boyfriend is with her best friend. As in, WITH her best friend. A lot more has happened while she was gone and very little of it is good. However, there is one good thing; her boyfriend’s little brother, Tyler, is now seventeen and very attractive. Which brings me to the fact, Kyra is still sixteen and her body has not changed at all. Then things get really interesting and I am definitely not going to spoil the story by telling.
Ms. Derting tells a fantastic story about an extraordinary event that happens to a simple teenage girl. I enjoyed the character of Kyra, but over an above that, I thought Tyler was a good character. As a guy that had a crush on Kyra since he was little, he really falls hard for her-fast. There is some insta-love going on but I thought it was believable due to all their history together and their age. Teenagers do fall hard at times so I decided to go with it. Her parents play a big role in this story and they are not cookie cutter characters by any means. The last five years has changed everything about their world and in one case, Kyra’s disappearance has ruined a life.
The story starts out as a mystery, transitions into a romance, and ends up a full on action story before it’s over. There’s scary villains, a secret government agency, conspiracy theories and lots of interesting new characters that are introduced along the way. And I don’t think I will ever look at fire flies the same way ever again. Just saying. I haven’t read a lot of stories like this so this was a new kind of read for me and I did enjoy it! I think it will appeal to science fiction and paranormal fans equally. With such a sweet romance, albeit insta-love, I think YA romance fans may like this as well. Me? I am a fan already and can’t wait for the next book. Lots of questions need to be answered for sure. Bring it on!