I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Taking by Kimberly Derting
Genres: Supernatural, YA
Published by HarperTeen on April 29th
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Also by this author: The Replaced
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?
I love Kimberly Derting’s The Bodyfinder Series, so I was really excited about this new series, but I was a little disappointed.
The Taking is about a girl Kyra who was taken by ‘aliens’ but she doesn’t remember anything that happened. She was gone for five years but she hasn’t aged a day since she was taken at 16 yrs old. So she should be 21 but still looks 16 and her dental records prove this as well. Kyra doesn’t want to believe it, she doesn’t believe in aliens and she hates seeing her father acting so crazy over that fact.
The day she came back from being taken, it was to her like as if it was the next day. She went to go find her parents and boyfriend but f ind everything is different. Her boyfriend is now at college dating her ‘best friend’ and Tyler, her boyfriends brother is now 16 and she thought he was Austin at first, which didn’t seem to bother Tyler much. Kyra’s parents are divorced and her mother is remarried and has a little boy, Kyra’s new brother.
Her whole world is turned upside down and even though she is suppose to be 21 she still acts like she is 16 and it shows in her actions. She keeps wanting to be older but it doesn’t happen. I get that she is confused and having to take in a lot of things at once but I just didn’t think she needed to treat her new stepdad aka ‘the husband’ and her little brother aka ‘my brother’ the way that she did. They have to try and deal with her coming back just as much as she has to deal with waking up and finding herself in a new family.
I also thought she got over the fact that Austen had moved on a little faster than I would have thought and jumped in to the arms of Tyler quickly. It was like that nasty instaluv type stuff that I hate and I thought it was a little weird.
The beginning of the book was so slow and if it wasn’t for the fact that I like this author I might have stopped reading it, but I continued hoping it would get better and it does about 50% in when the NSA shows up. Simon another ‘returned’ comes and grabs her telling her they have to leave because the NSA don’t want to help her they want to experiment on her. From then on her and Tyler are on the run and then I can’t say anything else because it would ruin things.
It has a bit of a cliffhanger ending which I hate but at the same time I don’t see how it could have ended any other way and I am willing to give the next book a try to find out what happens. I just hope that the second book keeps up the pace of the last half of the book.