Title: The Taking
Author: Kimberly Derting
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Series: The Taking (Book 1)
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover, 368 Pages
ISBN-10: 0062293605 (Harper Teen)
ISBN-13: 978-0062293602 (Harper Teen)
Reviewed by: Kaitlin
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?
Quick & Dirty: The Taking is a pulse-racing, action packed story of a girl who doesn’t know what to believe. A stunning book and something I will definitely check out the sequel for!
Opening Sentence: We killed them.
Kyla is an ordinary girl, with ordinary parents and an ordinary life. She’s madly in love with her boyfriend, Austin, and she just won the championships for her softball team by her amazing pitching skills. Her father wants her to get a scholarship through softball, and go to a good college. All Kyla wants is to settle down with Austin and be at the same school as him — a school that isn’t nearly to her dad’s standards. But one day after Kyla and her father are fighting, a sudden bright flash of light illuminates everything and she wakes up, five years later, people saying she’s been missing for five years when really she just was knocked out or something for a few seconds — her whole life has fallen apart by now. Austin is dating her best friend, Cat. Her dad is drinking and spouting crackpot theories about aliens abducting her. Kyla’s mom remarried and has a new child. Everyone has aged but she looks the same as five years ago. Basically, she’s left in the ashes of what used to be her life. But Tyler, Austin’s brother, is always there to support her. He’s the only one she can trust, with the strange powers she seems to be gaining and agents from the NSA tracking her every move…
Wow! Wow, wow, wow. I started this at about 4, took a 3 hour break for family movie night at 5, and then finished at 9. The first part was okay, and the chapters kept me hooked, but it wasn’t very exciting until you reach halfway. Then you are constantly gasping and praying and hoping and your feelings are set on fire.
Kyla’s feelings of not belonging are so wonderfully illustrated. Always there is a constant undercurrent of how everything has changed. The Husband, her mom’s new child, her father’s smell of liquor on his breath, everything reminds her of the life she lost. Though the plotline could have proved very confusing, information is given to you in a crystal clear way.
Tyler is a perfect guy — determined, cheesy, but believing and loyal. Austin had been a talker, but Tyler is a listener. Austin had forgotten Kyla for Cat, but Tyler still remembers his crush from five years ago. I think Kyla and Tyler’s relationship moved a slightest bit fast, but the pacing of the book as a whole was fine, and so it didn’t matter much to me. I loved Tyler, and while I appreciated Austin at the beginning, his interactions with Kyra after she is returned prove he is a first class jerk.
I am so excited for the second book, I can’t even tell you. Again, the farther half of this book was basically perfection. The first half, good, but the second just had me enthralled. If the whole book had me as engaged as the second part, it would be an a thousand star review. Sadly, I’m only giving it four stars because part one would be three and part two six, so I’m averaging it out. Everyone who loves science fiction should check this out as soon as it is released. You. Will. Not. Regret. It.
The Taking is an engaging, exciting, pulse-racing novel. If you can’t get through part one, fight through it (although part one is not bad at all, just not as good as the second). This is such a unique novel. The cover isn’t very exciting, but the content is great. Pacing is wonderful, romance is fabulous, story was told so well. Go now and pre-order it, okay? Okay. Happy reading!
But I stopped, unable to speak or think or breathe the moment I saw it…
So very many of them.
It was like looking at a constellation.
A radiant, sparkling, living constellation.
“Oh my god…” I covered my mouth with both hands and gasped between my fingers. Tears blurred the lights, blending and distorting them until they were one giant mass in my eyes. “They’re so . . . so beautiful.”
Simon looked at me, confused. He lowered the knife and let go of his sleeve as he turned to see what I had. To know what I knew.
That we’d been in the wrong place all along.
“Fireflies.” He breathed.
The Taking Series:
1. The Taking (April 29, 2014)
FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of The Taking. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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