Thursday, March 19, 2015
Review: The Taking by Kimberly Derting
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?
Initial Thoughts: This book and the characters were so interesting that I was able to slip right into the story from the start. It was fun, sweet, and kept me hanging on every word wanting to know what would happen next. I couldn’t put it down until the very end and then I only wanted more!
The Characters & Story: Kyra is your average sixteen year old girl who has a great family, boyfriend, and best friend. She is also a very talented softball pitcher. But all changes one night after winning a game when she gets into an argument with her father and decides to get of the car and take off. She hears her dad cry out to her, sees a flash of white, and wakes up the next morning behind a dumpster. Though the “next morning” is really five years later.
But Kyra doesn’t know this until she goes to her house and there are strangers living there which makes her go to her boyfriend’s house across the street. Upon going there, her whole world turns upside down. Kyra’s boyfriend, Austin, is no longer there but in college dating her best friend and his twelve-year-old brother, Tyler, is now a good looking seventeen-year-old. She has no idea what happened to her for five years and why she still looks like she’s sixteen. Kyra thinks her dad is a bit crazy from having her disappear and having his marriage go down the drain because of said disappearance along with the fact that he thinks it was aliens.
As the story progresses, more evidence keeps coming up that her father is right. Strange things start to happen to happen to her, she keeps seeing the same person in places she’s at, and she has no idea what to do when a government agent keeps coming to her. This all leads to a wonderful story full of twists and turns and mystery and suspense.
The Romance: Since everyone believed Kyra to be dead, of course her boyfriend and bestfriend moved on after awhile. I mean what are you supposed to do when your girlfriend/friend/daughter just up and disappears with no sign of returning? You move on. So they did. Of course, it’s hard for Kyra to grasp her situation of seeming to lose everyone in her life but she does gain certain someone names Tyler. Kyra and Tyler are really cute, sweet, and funny together. It was a bit of insta-love but I think they really worked well together. I still think it would be weird to date your ex-boyfriend’s little brother but it was developed and worked out well in this story!
End Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book and was pleased with how it turned out. It was a fun story with one heck of an ending that left me needing the next book. I seriously can’t wait to see how the story continues.