The Taking (The Taking #1)
By Kimberly Derting
Summary: 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?
Source: I purchased a Kindle copy.
The Taking was a science fiction romance involving a strange abduction. Kyra disappeared in a flash of light one night at 16 years old and was redeposited by the gas station in her town, seemingly intact and okay. Except despite the fact that she was still the same and still in her softball uniform from that night, the rest of the world passed and it had been 5 years since her disappearance. Her parents were divorced, her mom and new stepdad had a baby, her dad became a crazy alcoholic, and her best friend and boyfriend certainly seemed to move on without her.
The Taking was a great book for my mood. I was in the mood for something light, quick, and entertaining. If I think too hard about the how’s and whys of the whole thing, I’ll end up doing what I did in The Body Finder and just tearing it apart. It’s a story that is by all means not plausible and, while there was a government agency tracking her, her very appearance would have brought in the various police and task forces originally assigned to her case, testing would’ve been conducted and she certainly wouldn’t have been hanging around town without supervision. However, it’s not necessary to worry about things like that. I just went with the flow and enjoyed the ride. Had a been in a different mood, I think this review would be completely different as well.
Kyra’s boyfriend had a younger brother. While Kyra was still 16, her boyfriend and friends and everyone aged 5 years, which meant her boyfriend’s brother was now 17 and in the perfect position to confess his lifetime crush on Kyra and try everything he could to woo her. Which worked for me because, man, was he sweet. He drew chalk art on her driveway, gave her his favorite book to read, and was genuinely adorable, so I went with that, too. (Some reviews have torn the book apart based on this somewhat strange age difference situation. Maybe he was 12 when Kyra was 16, and maybe Kyra is technically supposed to be 21, but isn’t, so maybe there’s something weird going on with the age difference, but considering they are a year apart in the present after her weird journey, I don’t see why that’s a big issue. It would be the same if everyone aged 10 years and he was 22 and she was 26 or he was 27 and she was 31. The situation removed the weirdness for me so I don’t think this book promotes pedophilia and whoever actually thinks that is just putting way too much negative thought into things and probably refuses to read vampire romance because it promotes necrophilia, which is equally ridiculous.) I don’t think Kyra was in any way 21 years old since she did not age, had not had any life experiences, and only a day passed for her, so she’s allowed to be a teenager in my opinion.
The Taking was essentially a romance based YA sci-fi novel with aliens and abductions, but mostly romance. It was fun and I recommend it to anyone looking for an entertaining YA full of feels and a little bit of mystery and action. I was able to find the sequel on my library’s Kindle lending program, so I’m definitely going to continue. But The Taking is not a science fiction novel that explores aliens and abductions in a way that will satisfy someone looking for something serious. And if that whole age thing is something that immediately puts you off, then I don’t recommend reading it.