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The Taking (The Taking Series #1)

The Taking (The Taking Series #1)

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by Kimberly Derting

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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 are divorced, her boyfriend is in college and


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 are 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 this growing attraction. In order to find out the truth, the two of them decide to retrace her steps from that fateful night. They discover that there are others who have been "taken," just like Kyra. But 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?

Editorial Reviews

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
Publishers Weekly
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.)
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.”
“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
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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Meet the Author

Kimberly Derting is the author of the Body Finder series, the Pledge trilogy, and the Taking series. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where the gloomy weather is ideal for writing anything dark and creepy. Her three beautiful (and often mouthy) children serve as an endless source of inspiration and frequently find things they say buried in the pages of their mother’s books. You can visit her online at www.kimberlyderting.com.

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The Taking 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I had really high hopes for this book, maybe too high of hopes. I'm not saying I hated this book, I enjoyed parts of it, but I feel like I didn't connect with the main character(s), and there was way to much swearing for my taste. I loved the idea for the storyline, and I think it was executed pretty well... I did think the romance was cute, but overall, it was just "meh" for me. All in all, I have to say, I'm slightly disappointed, and I most likely won't reread it, but I will (probably) read the sequels, as I believe this is going to be a trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting story that isn't overdone like some of the other things in teen fiction! Excited for the next book.
Wendy0560 More than 1 year ago
i could not put this book down. enjoyed it so much!
emily01 More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! Easily one of the best books I have ever read. It was action-packed and never seemed to stop moving along! I literally could not put it down. I would recommend this book to anyone.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
When Kyra wakes up at the back of the Gas N Sip she wonders how she got there. The last thing she remembers is having an argument with her dad the night before in their car. She remembers getting out and falling, then nothing after. She is weary of what her parents will say after she stayed out all night but heads home anyway. When she gets there a stranger answers the door. She has no idea why there is a strange man and child there. She goes across the road to her boyfriends house only to have his younger brother, Tyler, answer. Yesterday he was only small but now he is a teenager!! She finds out that what was a day for her was 5 years for her family. How could 5 years pass in the blink of an eye and yet she is still the exact same as yesterday?? She is still wearing the same clothes. What happened to her?  Sometimes you go into a book with no expectations only to have that book blow you away!! I adore Kimberly Dertings writing and books and this is no exception.  Kyra was such an awesome character. When she wakes up her only fear is what her parents will say to her for staying out all night!! Then to come home and find that 5 years had past and her mother had remarried and had a child and her father is a drunk that spouts out rubbish about aliens!! At first she doesn't believe them but even she cant deny that years seemed to have past. The whole plot could of been very cheesy but with Dertings writing style and attention to detail we are left with a believable book. Kyras confusion and distrust were portrayed perfectly. You could imagine what is going through her brain but with all the facts layed out she may have no choice but to believe.  Tyler was sheer perfection! He took a tiny bit of my heart ;) He was only small when Tyra disappeared but never forgot her. Even when his brother was dating her he had a major crush on her. When she turns up again he is her rock. He is thoughtful, funny, kind and an overall nice guy. The little things he does for Kyra show his feelings. While I thought that their romance was very rushed at the start it was still so sweet. Usually I hate Insta love but Tyler made me not care. I wanted him to be happy!! The start of the book is a bit slow but once Kyra meets the NSA and the other "Taken" the plot really heats up. Its action packed, suspenseful and exciting. I loved everything about it. The whole idea of the aliens was thrilling and the fact that the Taken come back changed was awesome. Tyler was a complete sweet heart and added a bit of laughs. My heart was breaking at a certain part of the book and I had tears streaming down my face. It was pulse pounding, edge of your seat, biting your nails type of scene!! This is just a teaser of whats to come and I honestly cant wait for book 2. Derting has created a fantastic start to a series that promises to be absolutely amazing!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holy crap! I cant belive this book. Its one of the best books ive ever read! I totally fell into the story right away. I love alien stuff so whrn I found this book I knew it was going to be good. But be warned, the end my leave you like "Whaaaaaaat?!?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book as a nook book and there are many chunks of the book that are missing for me. For example, at the part when Kyra and Tyler jump at the river, it skips from tgem landing in the water to her being trapped after going after the fanny pack. The part where she went after the fanny pack however was missing. Please fix this, I would like to read the entiee book!
MontzieW More than 1 year ago
The Taking by Kimberly Derting is a fantastic sci-fi/fantasy book that had me from the first chapter. I loved her Body Finder series and loved the concept of this book so I had to read it, and boy am I glad I did! Kyra is 16 when she sees a bright light and then remembers nothing until she wakes behind a gas station. She finds she has been gone for five years but has not aged while the world she left has changed drastically. The book is a wild ride with the many changes in her life, the NSA after her, and more people that have been "taken" trying to warn her about her new life's dangers. The plot is fast and filled with twists and turns and many a surprise. The characters are realistic and dialogue believable. The fantasy is excellent and fun. I loved this book and the concept itself. Great read and started on book 2 already.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was okay. At first i wasn't really into it, but i stuck with it hoping that it would get better it, but didn't really. I liked the characters but the plot was weird and didn't get interesting until the second part. It did end on a cliff hanger, so i will probably read the others.
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
What I love about Kimberly Derting's writing is that she can introduce you to the most ordinary scenario in a teenager's life, with sports, boys, best friends and a great family, and make you feel most welcome in her protagonist's life. And then it doesn't take long and she pushes you out of that contemporary comfort zone and throws you to the aliens. That's not even much of an exaggeration because Kyra really gets abducted by aliens. One moment Kyra is on the road with her father and the next she wakes up somewhere else, five years later. How scary is that? We don't get any information or learn what really happened. It's the complete and utter mystery about the lost five years that made me turn the pages of Derting's THE TAKING until late in the night. It was like a compulsive need to get an explanation for everything behind her disappearance. Some details we get in THE TAKING, for some we have to wait to be revealed in its sequel. Kimberly Derting also worked in some dicey and pretty grisly side effects that the alien abduction has on Kyra and her life after she's returned. Five years later Kyra's boyfriend has moved on, her parents are divorced and her friends aren't really her friends anymore. Time stopped for Kyra while everyone kept living their lives, so quite some scenes are spent on Kyra coming to terms with her current situation. Kimberly Derting wouldn't be the fine writer she is if she hadn't given Kyra help on her search for an explanation. It might sound strange that the one helping her find into her new life is the little brother of her now ex-boyfriend. But Kimberly Derting sure knows how to write an engaging love story. Tyler was the best, and I absolutely loved the little brother part! Kyra has to find out that he isn't so innocent and childish anymore but has become a man who is willing to do anything to protect her. Let's start a Tyler fan club! During the search for clues about Kyra's alien abduction it becomes clear there are actually two parties working against each other. There are the people who believe Kyra and want to help her. And the people who want to see her and her story be contained from the public. This conflict definitly steps up the action factor in THE TAKING. So much is happening towards the end and I can't believe I have to even wait a single minute to find out what happens next. 4/5 **** THE TAKING - Suspenseful & sexy! A mysterious alien abduction and falling for a much younger man are the new YA ins this spring! First Jay and Violet from THE BODY FINDER series and now Kyra and Tyler from THE TAKING. Kimberly Derting should be made responsible for many swooning readers. That's because she writes some of the best YA romances!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty entertaing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book but it is messed up. Its like the whole thing didnt load. Barnes&Noble can you fix it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an adventure of the best kind. Story is well written and I love that it is different than any other book that I have in my collection. Will not dissapoint readers, I could not put my Nook down !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this story, and hated to see it end. I need more!
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I felt like this entire book was leading up to a story, but never quite got to one. Disappointing, considering that the writing and characters had me hooked. I will read the next one to find out was happens, but I was that there had been more happening in this one than just exposition.
J_DeBrae710 More than 1 year ago
This book was so fantastic. The writing was beautiful, the characters were great, and I can't wait to see what happens in the second book. I feel like Derting's take on this subject was very well done and I haven't read anything like it. It was seriously awesome. I seriously had fun reading this book. Nothing about it was bad. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one day because I could not put it down! It was unpredictable to me and I absolutely love when books surprise me. I hope there is a sequel to this book!
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Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I want to thank Harper Teen for providing me with an early copy of this book to read and review. This is my first book from author Kimberly Derting and I'm so glad that I jumped in! Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or my review. Blurb from Goodreads: 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 of late I have been very into Sci-Fi reads. So, when I picked this one up, I was hoping it would live up to the other Sci-Fi books I've been reading. And I'm so glad I did. First off, did you see this cover? Don't understand it? Well, pick up the book and you will! Kyra, I love her. She's smart and sassy and strong, super strong. She will do anything to figure out what happened to her, why she was missing for so many years but still looks sixteen! She spends the entire story fighting for herself and figuring out who she really was (before she was Taken). Kyra is faced with twists and turns and uncertainty. And she's also faced with feelings for a boy who was only twelve last time she saw him. I think my favorite part of Kyra is that she keeps a clear and level head for most of this book (although the romance does throw that off a bit for her, but that's nothing new for a YA book). Tyler, oh how I loved him. He was super sweet and totally swoon worthy. At first, I felt like it was odd that he and Kyra became this pair, but then it just kind of clicked and made sense. He was so much more her speed than his older brother. And Kyra knew herself so much better with Tyler than she did with Austin. So Tyler was really good for her. Best of all he's super loyal and totally believes in Kyra. It seems he would do anything for her, risk anything for her because she is all he's ever wanted. I blasted through this book in one day. I loved every page of it. I was never bored. The action and twists and turns kept me wanting more (and I still want more even now that the book is over). It was fast paced and never boring. The story seems completely plausible, if you believe there is more out there than just the human race. But Derting left quite a bit of mystery in the story and I really loved that. She was able to give little bits here and there to create a rich and intriguing story. I loved her writing and prose, it was easy to read and flowed well. Most interesting of all for me is that the story reads as a bit of a contemporary, with the romance that blooms between Tyler and Kyra and the fact that it's set in our time, as opposed to a future or something of that sort. The romance was sweet and slow for the most part (although Tyler was acting on a crush that he had had on Kyra for 5 years, but for Kyra the relationship was new). I enjoyed that the characters were completely relatable and fleshed out well and their emotions were very real. I could really feel the situations they were placed in and what affect they hd on them. Derting creates a thrilling ride through this new sci-fi mystery. I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout. I can't wait for the next installment as the ending was a bit of a cliffhanger.
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Molly_Lee1 More than 1 year ago
Every adult I knew, even strangers who I met in passing, told me that high school would go by in a blink. When I was sixteen I rolled my eyes to this response. Now, looking back, it is true, it does go by quickly. But, for sixteen year old Kyra Agnew from Kimberly Derting’s THE TAKING? It literally flashes by in the span of a night. After a fight with her father about college choices, boys, and her future, Kyra storms off only to disappear. When she wakes up the next morning, with no memory of how she got where she was, her entire world is flipped upside down...and completely altered. What Kyra feels like has been one night, has actually been five years. Five years she’s lost. Five years she has no recollection of. And five years can change everything.  Derting’s THE TAKING is a suspenseful, mysterious, and endearing thrill-ride.  One of the qualities I always love about Derting’s books is her ability to construct characters that are so realistic their world becomes ours. She has a knack for nailing the attitudes of adolescents--from their perspective on new situations, to boys, to their reactions under pressure--and Kyra Agnew’s character is no exception. Derting creates an incredible, endearing quality, within Kyra, while still revealing the girl’s strength and stubbornness only a sixteen year old can have. Thrust into a life she can’t recognize, with the frustrations of having no clue how she arrived there, Kyra’s character is in a torturous teenage hell, and readers are right there, agonizing with her.  Luckily, Derting also has a masterful way of interweaving levity within such a tension riddled tale. And what better way to do it then through a swoon worthy boy? Tyler’s character is just a well-rounded as Kyra’s and he is the bright light to all of Kyra’s gray world. Where everything else is a complete mystery or burden for her, Tyler is a source of solid happiness. And the chemistry between the two is off the charts. Derting never writes the same male lead twice, making each new boy she brings on the scene a delight to fall for.  And, even if you put all the above aside, the suspense in THE TAKING is enough to hook you. The concept is fresh (honestly what would you do if you woke up one morning and five years of your life had been stolen? Not to mention the life you come back to is barely recognizable!) The perspective is unique (a high school girl placed in a world where everyone she knows has moved on and yet she is standing still) and the ending is killer. Each sentence drives the story and the reader’s desire to unravel the mystery behind Kyra’s disappearance. THE TAKING guarantees a wicked book hangover. 
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read Kimberly Derting because I have heard a lot about her previous series but the whole necromancer thing wasn't for me. But when I heard about a memory loss and the mystery of how she lost five years but didn't age, it really intrigued me. I was lucky enough to be approved to review on netgalley. I connected with Kyra right away because she just seemed like a normal person. Given, she is a great pitcher and I am not athletic but its like living that dream without actually doing it. She is arguing with her dad when she sees a bright light and then the next thing she knows she wakes and everyone else has aged five years and moved on, but she doesn't realize what happens. There was a nice hint at romance in the beginning, but they are thrown for a loop when she is five years younger all of the sudden and he is in college... It is an awkward situation with her and Austin especially since they were friends forever and then romantic and living across the street she also knew his family. The romance that developed five years later was a surprise in some aspects because of who it was, but I loved how it developed. Their conversations, his romantic gestures--drawings, texts, convos, etc. The world building was pretty good, and although I was still left with questions, it was something that Kyra didn't know or even her dad who had been doing research the whole time she was gone. I am hoping that the next books will give more enlightenment on what the purpose of the Takings are and the technicallities of who gets returned and who doesn't. I did like the slow unfolding of Kyra and how she'd changed. I appreciated how Tyler believed her and that he cared for her all the same. There were some pretty big twists in this, but looking back it was foreshadowed all along. It was pretty heartbreaking but I guess also necessary, although I'll admit I was thinking that Kyra would play a bigger role, but it makes sense for continuing on that it happened the way it was written. The ending left me wanting more and wishing that I already had the next book. It semi wrapped things up, but it still left at a pretty dramatic moment, though it did give me some hope and a bit of lasting power until I can get the next one. Bottom Line: Great premise, main character with a sweet romance.