Posted on May 15th, 2014 by audra
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Book Title: The Taking
Author: Kimberly Derting
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Edelweiss

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?

As a rabid fan of the Body Finder series, I was beyond ecstatic to get my hands on the Taking even though I wasn’t completely sold on the premise. Any reservations I had about this book melted away as soon as I finished devouring the first chapter. I was so hooked that I read it every spare second I had on my work lunch and breaks and then started again the moment I got home, not going to bed until I had finished The Taking in its entirety.

So while I was expecting it to be a bit more like the Roswell TV show (which I loved in all its cheesy glory) it wasn’t so heavy on the sci-fi elements and read a lot more like a contemporary book. After getting in an argument after her softball game with her father, Kyra heads out of the car and down the deserted road with only her father watching her until a bright white envelopes the road and Kyra is gone. She wakes up by a dumpster at the Gas n Sip, and doesn’t find out until she goes home and there is a strange man and kid living there that it isn’t the next day- five whole years have passed by.

Kyra has to get used to a whole new life now since that night. Her father thinks she’s been abducted, while the whole town seems to think her father did something to make her disappear. Worse yet, her long term boyfriend is now in college and dating her best friend Cat. Sounds like the making of a soap opera right? It does come across that way, which is probably why I wasn’t too sure about it at first. However, Kimberly Derting has such a way of crafting stories that just suck you right on in that you don’t even notice the cheese potential. In fact, I hardly found much at all to gripe about. There was only one thing really- I found the nickname Kyr that everyone kept calling her rather pointless. How do you even pronounce that? It sounds like I’m a mumbling drunk when I try to pronounce it.

As a fellow Washingtonian I always love when books are based in this area. It makes everything extra familiar and when it’s something as X-File like as this, I love that there is an extra creepy layer added to things since I know where things are. I also loved that the hideout was based on the Hanford Power Plant, which has seen its fair share of problems lately and is just the perfect place for that.

For some reason I thought The Taking was a standalone and got rather panicked when I started nearing the end and I was reaching more questions than answers. Thankfully the prayers I didn’t know I was asking were answered because there are two more books coming out in this series!

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