The Taking

The Taking

Kimberly Derting

Book 1.0 of Taking trilogy

Language: English

Publisher: Harper

Published: Apr 29, 2014

Words: 90597
Pages: 387


*The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer* meets *The Fifth Wave* in this chilling and explosive new series from author Kimberly Derting. The last thing Kyra Agnew remembers is a flash of bright light. She awakes to discover that five whole years have passed. Everyone in her life has moved on—her parents divorced, her boyfriend is in college and dating her best friend—but Kyra's still the sixteen-year-old she was when she vanished. She finds herself drawn to Tyler, her boyfriend's kid brother, despite her best efforts to ignore her growing attraction. In order to find out the truth, the two of them decide to retrace her steps from that fateful night. They discover there are others who have been "taken," just like Kyra. Only, Kyra is the first person to have been returned past the forty-eight-hour taken mark. With a determined, secret government agency after her, Kyra desperately tries to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had . . . but what if the life she wants back is not her own? ** ### From School Library Journal Gr 8 Up—In this compulsively readable sci-fi novel, Kyra, 16, impulsively jumps from a car while arguing with her father and disappears in a burst of light. She wakes up with no memory of what happened. She thinks it's the next day, but is terrified to discover five years have passed and she hasn't aged a day. Her mother's remarried, her boyfriend Austin's in college and dating her best friend, and her fastidious father has become a drunken conspiracy theorist who believes she was abducted by aliens. The only comfort and support she gets is from Austin's little brother, Tyler, an extremely grown-up and very cute 17-year-old. Her father's theories don't seem that crazy as Kyra begins manifesting new physical abilities—she rarely feels tired or needs to eat and heals quickly. After several people whom she's come into close contact with die and sinister National Security Agency agents swarm her house wearing hazmat suits, the mysterious boy who helps her get away confirms her fears. Like him, Kyra is one of the Returned. She's more deadly to others, especially Tyler, than she ever imagined. Readers will sympathize with Kyra's predicament, although she's frequently self-centered and the story dwells too much on her and Tyler's mutual attraction. The characters' memory loss means there's no backstory about why they disappeared in the first place. Hopefully, that will be further explained in the next book in the projected trilogy. Nevertheless, the exciting plot zips along, leaving readers impatiently waiting for the next installment.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton ### From Booklist Kyra wakes up behind a Dumpster and doesn’t know how she got there. Upon stumbling home, she discovers that home itself has changed. Her parents have split up, and her mother has a kid with her new husband. Her father, once a neatnik, is now an alcoholic obsessed with extraterrestrial theories concerning her disappearance. Wait, disappearance? Shocked, Kyra learns that it’s five years later, yet she is wearing the same softball uniform that she wore in her last memory at age 16. Desperate, she turns to Tyler, her boyfriend’s little brother who is now 17 and definitely attractive. As they try to find out what really happened to her, they learn that Kyra has powers and that there are others who have been taken and returned. What’s more, the NSA wants them at all costs. Raising the questions of whether we are alone and who we can trust brings a timeless relevance to the story. Heart-stopping action and suspense combined with a budding romance make this book appealing to a wide range of readers. Grades 9-12. --Jeanne Fredriksen