So I’m pretty much a sucker for anything Kimberly Derting writes these days. I have loved her previous series, The Body Finder and The Pledge — and the first book in her newest series, The Taking, promises even more to love.
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?
Having already proven herself a pro in the paranormal and dystopian/cross-over genres, Derting masterfully takes on science fiction, with the same finesse. As usual, her characters shine — and readers (like me) will fall in love with Kyra, Tyler, and all the rest, as they work to uncover the mystery surrounding Kyra’s disappearance and race against a team of shady Men in Black government-types determined to capture and study Kyra for themselves.
The Taking instantly grabs readers with its mystery, but goes into overdrive as the action kicks into high gear and the intrigue deepens. Derting has a certain knack for keeping readers on their toes, and The Taking is no exception.
Packed with romance, mystery, and action, The Taking is a high-octane adventure that will leave you breathless and anxious for more. Luckily, there are more books planned in this series, and I am certain Derting will not disappoint with each subsequent chapter to this already stunning saga.
The Taking is in stores tomorrow.