REVIEW: THE TAKING BY KIMBERLY DERTING!
by Kimberly Derting
Published By: Harper Teen
Release Date: 04/29/14
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.
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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 was so excited when I found out that Kimberly Derting had a new series in the works! The Body Finder series is a favorite of mine (Killer POV’s? Yes please!) Sci-fi isn’t one of my favorite genres and I haven’t read many books about aliens but I’ll read anything Derting writes. I loved that this wasn’t heavy on the sci-fi but it still had the feel of it.
Kyra has a pretty damn good life. Her team has just won a championship game, she has really great parents, she has a strong and close relationship with her dad, an awesome best friend and a great, steady boyfriend. When Kyra and her dad get into an argument about her boyfriend (typical), she throws a hissy fit and gets out of the car and storms off down the side of the road. Of course, he dad goes after her, but when a bright light appears and disappears, Kyra disappears along with it. She wakes up the next morning, still wearing the same clothes, only to find out that 5 years have passed even though it feels like only a a day to her. Her whole life is turned upside down and she’s kind of horrified to find out that everything has changed and everyone has moved on. Life went on. Her dad went a little nuts with conspiracy theories about her disappearance, her parents got divorced and her mom has a new life complete with a new husband and a new kid and her boyfriend has moved on with none other than her best friend.
Understandably, Kyra doesn’t take it well. Besides the fact that she has no idea what the hell is going on, everyone has had 5 years to adjust and move on with her life while everything is basically thrown at Kyra from one day to the next (for her, at least). She hates that her mom moved on and feels like her new little brother is a replacement for Kyra. Kyra makes absolutely no effort to get to know her new stepdad and brother, and while that sucked because they did nothing wrong, I understood where she was coming from. I can’t imagine having to go through that, much less without the proper time (marriage and pregnancy) to adjust. The only thing that is helping Kyra adjust to this fucked up new life is Tyler, her exboyfriends little brother. I was a little bit weirded out by the age difference at first. Sure, he’s 17 now and she’s 16 (I think), but when she disappeared he was 12. Not to mention the whole ‘he’s your exboyfriends brother’ thing. But, what can I say? I’m a sucker and they ended up growing on me.
Just when Kyra is starting to adjust to her new life, she finds out that she’s a danger to the people close to her. Suddenly, someone is after her and they will stop at nothing to get their hands on her. Not knowing who to trust, Kyra ends up running for her life. But as much as she tries to keep her loved ones safe, she can’t do that without knowing what happened to her and finding out who is after her and why. The Taking started off really strong. I loved finding out along with Kyra what had happened to the people in her life for the past 5 years. The middle part of the story fell a little bit flat for me and I started to get a tiny bit bored. But, the beginning and the end of the book are strong. It starts off intense and ends off with a bang and a bit of a cliffhanger ending. Definitely looking forward to the next book in the series! I have a lot of questions and theories and I hope the story gives us more answers the next time around. I enjoyed this one!
Some of my favorite non-spoiler quotes from The Taking:
“Awkward or not, you should know I’m lad you’re back.” He flashed me a sheepish smile as he added, “And now that I’m older, I’ll try to be a little more memorable.”
Just mentioning my dad and the World’s Best Dad mug I’d gotten him for Father’s Day when I was eleven made me sick to my stomach. I wondered what kinds of mugs I’d get him now. WORLD’S BEST ALIEN HUNTER. MY DAD’s CRAZIER THAN YOUR DAD.
I didn’t want to be an anomaly. I just wanted to be the old me again.
“You should jump in the shower. It’ll warm you up.”
“You’d say anything to get me out of my clothes wouldn’t you?” I amused.
“Well…” He grinned. “You’re not wrong. But in this case, I think saving you from hypothermia comes before seeing you naked.” He paused a second and then added with a wry look. “Although seeing you naked runs a close second.”
“It was worth it, you know. I would trade a million lifetimes for the one I’ve had with you.”