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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.The Taking by Kimberly Derting
Series: The Taking #1
Published by HarperTeen on April 29, 2014
Genres: Aliens, Science Fiction
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(Last Updated On: May 31, 2022)
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?
One night after Kyra’s softball game, she gets in a fight with her father. She ends up getting out of the car and running into the woods, though she sees a bright white light, and the next thing she knows she’s at a Gas’n’Sip near a dumpster.
She doesn’t know how in the world she got where she was and the last thing that she remembers is the bright white light that she saw that night that she ran away, which just happens to feel like last night because she still has her softball uniform on.
Kyra goes to her house only to find that it has been five years since that night. Everyone had been looking for her and she had been deemed lost, as nobody knew where in the world she was. She was just completely gone.
Kyra finds that her parents aren’t together anymore, so she decides to go over to her boyfriend Austin’s house, only to run into his little brother, Tyler. The thing is, Tyler suddenly seems much more attractive than he was and he’s not as annoying either.
Throughout the novel, Tyler helps Kyra find out what happened to her in the first place, especially because it’s obvious that she hasn’t aged a day since she still looks 16 though she’s supposed to be 21.
I absolutely loved this book! I had read The Body Finder a few years ago, though I don’t remember much besides the fact that I really enjoyed it. The Taking sounded really intriguing though, so I was glad that I finally got the chance to pick it up.
I really enjoyed learning all about Kyra and what happened to her because we knew just as much as she did, which was really interesting. I also loved how Kyra’s father had conspiracies that people deemed crazy even though he seemed to know more than anybody else.
Tyler was absolutely wonderful. He was such a good friend to Kyra, and the fact that he was always doing drawings on the sidewalk for her was just so sweet and amazing, even if Kyra felt odd about it at first.
Some may not like the fact that in a way, the relationship between Kyra and Tyler could be considered insta-love, because you could tell that something was going to happen between them right from the get-go. But isn’t that what paranormal/sci-fi romance books are all about?
I’m definitely excited for the next book in this series, that’s for sure!
Have you read this novel? I’d love to hear your thoughts!