ARC Review: The Taking

The Taking
The Taking by Kimberly Derting
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release date: 29 April 2014

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?

The Taking is quite obvious with it’s name – it is based on alien abductions. Kyra is one such victim – only thing is that she was let go, five years later. When she is back, she realizes the world moved on. Her boyfriend is now dating her best friend, her parents are divorced, her mother has a new family, her father became a conspiracy theorist and the young boy she knew has now grown up. The Taking can easily be demarcated into two distinct parts – the first is about her coming back and heavy on the romance with Tyler, setting things up for the second part, which is where the action lies. The pacing, naturally was distinct in them too – slow, languid for the first and nail-biting-ly twists-and-turns for the second. The writing blended these two parts quite well enough and brought out the story beautifully.

As a character, Kyra is quite the simple girl. Good athlete, good daughter but when she comes back she is sad and upset about how the world changed while she was away. Her relationships change, especially with her parents, who were always close to her but have now become distant people who don’t understand her. Yep, there is teenage angst – oodles of it, and sweet young love too, in the form of adorable Tyler. He gets her but I would have liked a bit more about him too – since it felt that the character developed was all being focused on Kyra. In the second half, the story got even more interesting with the truth coming out and all. The developments were also quite rapid, leaving me a anxious mess. I was worried about character deaths and all but the ending – well, that was killer. The aliens don’t make an appearance, however, and I must say I was a bit disappointed in that but hey, there are always sequels for that. So, basically, a good start to the series and kudos on such a great topic.

Received an ARC from Harper Collins via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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