Review: The Taking by Kimberly Derting


The Taking

Series: The Taking #1

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Mystery

Publication Date: April 29, 2014

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 357

Synopsis: 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?


As you can tell by my rating, this wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read. However, it wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read either. For a majority of the story, I was extremely intrigued. In the beginning, I had no idea where the author would be taking the story. Would it end up being a government conspiracy? Would there be aliens involved? Would it be something more realistic? Would it include all of the above? These are the questions that kept me going. If it wasn’t for this factor, I probably wouldn’t have been as interested.

As for the characters, I didn’t care for them at all. They were all so bland in my opinion. Kyra tended to get on my nerves, mostly with her obliviousness – one of the worst character traits ever. I also found it weird and unrealistic that Kyra could go from being totally in love with her boyfriend and planning their futures together one day to crushing on his younger brother, Tyler, the next. Even though five years has passed for everyone else, it has only been one day for Kyra. I understand if Austin (the boyfriend) has moved on since it had been a long time for him. But Kyra? She just jumps onto the next guy with hardly a second thought. The romance was unfortunately a huge part of this book. I think if Kimberly dialed it down a little – focused more on the plot than the relationship – I could have had a better reading experience.

Overall, I was intrigued by the story, but I wasn’t impressed in the long run. The ending made me want to know what would happen next, but not enough to actually pick up the second book.


2.5 stars

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