Quick Thoughts: “The Taking”

“The Taking (The Taking #1)” by Kimberly Derting

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction

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Source: Gifted

Summary 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?

reviewI like idea of the story. I always find abduction stories to be interesting. Seeing Kyra trying to get used to her new life was interesting. I wish we saw more of that.

Gah, the romance was horrible. I’m not sure how I’m supposed to believe Kyra was super in love with Austin to being super in love with Tyler in just a few days of Kyra-time. Their entire relationship was borderline icky and ridiculous. I can buy that they like each other but love is ridiculous.

As usual, I wanted more information. The explanation what hinted at towards the end but not really explored. I assume the next book will touch on it more.

The bottom line? Meh. I’m not really motivated to continue the series.

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