The Taking (The Taking Series #1)

The Taking (The Taking Series #1)

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by Kimberly Derting
     
 

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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.

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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?

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
04/01/2014
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
Publishers Weekly
02/17/2014
After 16-year-old Kyra stalks off one night, there’s a flash of light, and she awakens to discover that five years have passed without her in this engrossing paranormal romance. Kyra’s conversational, occasionally sarcastic first-person voice redeems an otherwise slow first half as Derting dwells on Kyra’s resentment of the changes that occurred in her absence, including the two-year-old half-brother she now has and her former boyfriend’s new relationship. But Kyra finds a stubbornly loyal, supportive partner in her ex’s younger brother, the nerdy, playful Tyler. Meanwhile, she tries to avoid the NSA agent stalking her. Encountering her pursuer, “I stammered, because sometimes when I was intimidated, I was smooth like that.” Tension intensifies when Kyra learns she isn’t the only one who’s been “taken.” Derting (The Pledge) turns a hoary alien-abduction conspiracy theory into an original and intriguing premise. Though it’s difficult to suspend disbelief when no one explains to Kyra why she’s dangerous until it’s too late, any pacing problems disappear as the book hurtles toward a high-stakes finish, and a cliffhanger sets up the next installment of this trilogy. Ages 14–up. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Apr.)
Booklist
“In spite of providing a tough, likable heroine and a sweet, romantic element, Derting unflinchingly explores the twisted minds of sadistic killers. It’s a combination that keeps her readers clamoring for more.”
Claudia Gray
Praise for THE BODY FINDER “You’ll be drawn in by the love story—and kept up all night by the suspense.”
Romantic Times Magazine
“Readers will be legitimately unable to put the book down. The mystery, romance and action add up to create a roller coaster of a read.”
Melissa de la Cruz
“Kimberly Derting does it again! THE TAKING is an exciting, fast–paced thriller with an eerie and intriguing paranormal mystery at the heart of it. You’ll want to read it as fast as you can and then DEMAND the next book NOW!”
Alyson Noël
“With pitch–perfect prose, swoon–worthy romance, and edge–of–your–seat suspense, THE TAKING kept me reading late into the night. This is Derting at her best.”
Melissa Marr
“THE TAKING is an action–packed, heart–filled ride. I loved it.”
Richelle Mead
“Kimberly Derting is an amazing writer and a master storyteller. THE TAKING will have you hooked from the very first pages.”
Kami Garcia
“Equal parts romance and suspense, THE TAKING is a sexy blend of conspiracy theory and sci–fi.”
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-05
Derting (The Offering, 2013, etc.) kicks off a new series about a teen softball star who disappears one night after the big game and returns five years later with no memory of where she's been. The book is separated into two distinct halves. Character drives the first half as Kyra reassembles the pieces of her life and discovers that family and friends have moved on with their own. The second half pokes around the greater mystery of where Kyra's been by turning the book into a plot-point machine and setting up a larger universe that will surely be explored in coming installments. The book's strength lies more in the first half than the second, as Kyra and her family cope with the extraordinary circumstances thrust upon them. Just as they've begun to heal, Kyra comes back to rip open their wounds with riveting and heartbreaking results that the author explores with great success. Less successful is Kyra's romance with the boy across the street, Tyler, who is defined solely by his dreamy smile and steadfast dedication to doing whatever Kyra wants him to do. Their romance marks the book's low point, but the author ends on a high note with conspiracies, underground rebel networks and spooky government agencies. A solid mix of domestic drama and sci-fi absurdity, this series opener provides a promising start that intrigues as well as it entertains. (Science fiction. 14-18)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062293626
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/29/2014
Series:
Kimberly Derting's Taking Series , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
10,262
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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