May 05, 2014

Review: The Taking by Kimberly Derting

The Taking
By Kimberly Derting
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by HarperTeen


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?

I wish I knew where to begin with this review. The Taking was a very weird read. 

I love that Kimberly Derting touched a new genre and started a new series, but I have to be completely honest and say that this book just ran way too slow for me. I literally spent more than half the book wanting to skip to the end so that I can find out what happened, and move on. It's not that it was a horrible read, I just feel it took way too long to pick up and start giving me answers. Just when I was about to skip to end and call it quits, the story took off and became a page turner. Everything happens at the very last six or seven chapters.  

I also thought it was predictable. I knew immediately how things were going to play out, and sure enough they did. Still, it was pretty interesting once everything came to light. I do think the second book (at least I hope there is a second book) is going to be way better and run at a much faster pace. The ending left me wanting more. I recommend this read, just keep in mind it does take a bit to pick up.


  1. Funny, I really enjoyed this one. I didn't find it boring, though I agree it was a bit predictable and I did know certain things would happen. I'm sure there will be a second, how could there not be with an ending like that?

  2. i really liked this book but mainly because i wasn't in a hurry to read the sci-fi part of the book.. the first half read like a cute contemporary and I loved that.. so i guess it is a hybrid genre kind of book.

    great review,
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  3. OMG I loved this book! It was somewhat predictable but I totally was enamored. I don't usually do anything with aliens and because of this book I have tried others!

  4. Usually not into sic-fi but this seems really interesting and I want to know the why of it all.


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