Saturday, June 7, 2014

Book Review: The Taking (The Taking #1)

Release Date: April 29, 2014
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publisher: HarperTeen
Length: 368 pages

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?



Protagonist: Kyra (which according to the audio book I listened to is pronounced like Kira) returns home after running out of her dad's car after a fight about her future. While it seems like only a day has gone by to her, in reality it's been 5 long years. Her family and friends have moved on and now, while they are trying to reacclimate her back into her life she feels as though she doesn't fit in anymore. Over the course of the book she begins to cope with who she is now, though I do feel like maybe there could of been more character development, however that's just my specific taste.

Romance: So I've seen reviews where people call this romance either insta-love or creepy as Kyra begins to fall for her now ex-boyfriends suddenly grown up brother. Now I'm going to defend this romance because I actually really liked and understood it. At first after coming back Kyra tries to to find comfort in the one reliable person she has, her boyfriend Austin. However, unaware that 5 years has gone by she accidently stumbles across Tyler, Austin's younger brother, who despite a few small differences is very much like his older brother, both in looks and mannerisms. This initially catches Kyra off guard as she finds herself drawn to him. In time though the reader, and Kyra too comes to realize that he's different than Austin and it may be for the best that she's still attracted to him.  While I do think that the romance did go a tad too fast for my liking given that these two did have a history of knowing each other and Tyler having a crush on Kyra when he was younger it made the romance seem easier to swallow that it moved as fast as it did.

World-Building: So about the first half of this book or so, after Kyra is returned, seemed a lot like a contemporary with it being mostly about Kyra and Tyler's romance. However during the second half it definitely takes on a sci-fi paranormal feel and starts the initial set up of this world. While reading this I got the ame feelings I had while I read The Darkest Minds, Article 5 and some other dytopian/post-apocalyptic series. So much so that I kept forgetting that this book takes place in 2014 in a perfectly normal world, the only difference being that from time to time aliens, or some other kind of beings, abduct a teen only to return them later.

Predictability: With the first half of this book being so much like a contemporary I can say that it was fairly predictable, also the synopsis from Goodreads outlines pretty much the entire first half more or less. Though after the second half begins all bets are off and I was surprised at nearly every turn. It's fairly unpredictable and while it has it's "formula" moments where things obviously work out a certain way because that's just the way that books go there wasn't much other than that, that I could predict.

Ending: Cliffhanger alert! I'm not kidding either. I finished the book and the first thing I practically screamed is "That's not fair, how can it end like that" I knew that a cliffhanger was coming too, but because this is the first book in a series I think that I expected a smaller cliffhanger, maybe even something that would be a debatable cliffhanger. No such luck as this cliffhanger is crazy.


So while I absolutely loved this book I do have to say that there were a few things that could have been better. That's just my opinion though read for yourself, I'm sure you won't regret it!


1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait for the next one. And now I want to read her other series!