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The Taking

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The Taking

Author Kimberly Derting from The Body Finder series brings her flair for suspense and edgy paranormal situations to THE TAKING.  The adventure begins when Kyra Agnew wakes up and does not realize that five years have passed since she disappeared. She remembers arguing with her father, a bright light, and then nothing until she wakes up. Everything --- and everyone --- has changed, except her. Her quest to learn what happened while finding her place in this new future will keep readers turning pages right until the end.

Before the bright light, 16-year-old Kyra was having the night of her life. She had just finished pitching the championship softball game as a junior and knew colleges were interested. But she planned on staying in state and going to school with her longtime best friend and boyfriend, Austin. He was planning on meeting her after the game to celebrate with the team.On the way to the celebration at Pizza Palace, Kyra’s dad brought up other colleges, and she got really angry. Angry enough to have him stop the car in the middle of a cornfield so she could get out and walk. Then there was a bright light and she could hear him screaming.

The romance with Tyler adds a welcome touch of normalcy and reality to a scary story featuring other-worldly influence.

Five years later, she woke up behind the Gas ‘n’ Sip, still in her dirty softball uniform with ribbons woven in her hair. She tries to go home, only to find a strange man and young child there. She runs across the street into Austin’s arms, only to realize she went to Tyler, his younger brother, instead. Tyler is now older, and hot.

She learns that five years have passed. Austin went to the college they’d planned on attending together, only instead of going with Kyra he went with her best friend, and now they’re dating. The man and child in Kyra’s old home are her mom’s new family --- her dad lives in a trailer and everyone suspects him of being either involved in Kyra’s disappearance or crazy, with his alien theories.

A medical checkup and subsequent trip to the dentist have some unusual results, but Kyle is not worried until the man who drew her blood dies. A dark-suited man keeps trying to talk to her and another young man is following her.  Tyler keeps expressing his feelings for her, through drawings or kind acts to help her get adjusted to her new life.

Amid her confusion, she soon realizes something has happened to her over the last five years, and that other people have been taken and returned. Things have been changed in her, and not only can she now do some extraordinary things, she discovers her blood is dangerous.  People want to do experiments on her, and she has to run, along with Tyler. Her feelings for him shape her actions in this fast paced thriller.

The romance with Tyler adds a welcome touch of normalcy and reality to a scary story featuring other-worldly influence.The addition of the deadly disease carried by the “taken” adds a unique element, and moves the pace of the book from exciting to thrilling. Alien abduction stories offer a creative twist on the missing person mystery, and readers will eagerly await the next in this series.

Reviewed by Amy Alessio on May 7, 2014

The Taking
by Kimberly Derting

  • Publication Date: April 29, 2014
  • Genres: Thriller, Young Adult 14+
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • ISBN-10: 0062293605
  • ISBN-13: 9780062293602