Title: The Taking (The Taking #1)
Author: Kimberly Derting
Release Date/Publisher: April 29th 2014 by HarperTeen
Finished: March 10th 2014
Pages: 320-eBook-got from Edelweiss
1. The Taking
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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?
What I Thought:
When I first read this description I knew I really wanted to read the book and I was lucky that I was able to get a digital copy.
I was worried after starting it that it would be hard to keep my attention or that the character would be annoying, but I actually really enjoyed it. Kyra is a girl who plays softball and is a really good pitcher which I admired, since not all teen books these days have characters involved in a sport. They thankfully don’t mention popularity, since most girls in books either are, or aren’t with a popular friend and go on about it too much.
In any case, I really liked Kyra and I found she wasn’t whiny like I expected which was great. Yes things had changed with her being gone, but she realistically tried her best to understand it and adapt, even though certain things prevented that. I also really liked Tyler. Her old boyfriend seemed like a douche, but Tyler wanted to stick through anything to help her which I admired about him.
The story of her kidnapping and figuring out what had really happened was great. I don’t want to give too much away, but the fact that aliens were possibly involved was cool and it was written in a way that wasn’t totally out there or hard to believe. I think that a lot of people could really enjoy reading this, since it’s a little bit different but engaging at the same time.