Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Taking by Kimberly Derting

Series: The Taking (bk. 1)

Genera(s): Sci-fi Mystery/Romance

Subjects: abductions, abilities, aliens,

Setting: Burlington, Washington

POV/Tense: 1st person POV, past tense: Kyra Agnew

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 357 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover, now in Paperback

List Price: $17.99/$9.99

Publisher: HarperTeen

Summary/ product description: “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?”

My Review:  I finally decided to start this series since I know the 3rd book is coming out in 2 months and it’s spring break, so why not series-binge? The Taking was a fun, entertaining and mysterious sci-fi read. Perfect for fan of the X-files. I watched the new 6-part series recently, so I felt in the mood for some alien stuff.

Kyra Agnew, a 16-year old girl from Burlington, Washington, was taken after her high school softball team won the championship in 2009. She got into an argument with her dad, exited the car and saw a blinding light. She wakes up on the ground behind a gas station thinking she somehow choose to sleep outside for the night. She doesn’t find out that actually 5 years have gone buy since that night until mistake her boyfriend’s younger brother Tyler for her boyfriend Austin. Tyler who was only 12 last time she saw him, and is now suddenly looking 17. Austin is now 22 and at college.

Kyra should be 21 now, but she looks exactly the same as she did the night she disappeared, down to her clothes and the bruise on her leg. She discovers her parents divorced, he mother remarried and she now has a little half brother. Everyone is astounded at her return. Kyra is upset with how her family is not the same anymore and feel angry with her mother and jealous of her new brother, and even refuses to get to know her new stepfather. Her real father is living in a trailer park now, kicked out by her mother for spouting crazy ideas of alien abduction and other conspiracy theories. The NSA wants to speak with Kyra, and may want to even experiment on her. There’s a mysterious boy with coppery eyes that keeps showing up where she goes. The one bright spot in her life is Tyler, who listen to whatever Kyra has to say. Tyler, who she’s now falling for.

This was a thrilling, romantic, and awesome book. There’s not enough sci-fi YA book currently out there that are set in contemporary times. I love dystopian books, but once in a while I’d like some modern science fiction. Some “paranormal romance” book could as science fiction, I suppose.

I really liked the romance between Kyra and Tyler. Tyler so funny and sweet. He’s a book nerd and does sidewalk chalk drawing to impress Kyra. He’s very open about his feeling for her, extremely flirtatious. He doesn’t like to be serious because he makes jokes in serious situation. Kyra is more serious, but she can easily banter along with him. He jokes about her being a dumb jock when she calls him a nerd. It’s very cute. It also feels a little heart wrenching toward the end. I’m also hoping there will be no love triangle, so I’m just going to dive into the sequel without reading the description.

Also, I think that’s the way Kyra’s change since she got back is cool. The blood thing’s a bummer, but I hope the abilities develop. They seem to be stereotypical “enhanced” stuff, so I wonder if there’s more to come possibly.

I recommend this series to fan of: The Rules trilogy by Stacy Kade, Blackout by Robison Wells, Rush (the Game Trilogy) by Eve Silver. Pretty much anything with aliens, or teens gaining superpowers. X-file fans, Fringe fans, Kimberly Derting fans (I only read the Body Finder series).

Cover Art Review: Love the title made out of fireflies! Perfect!

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