The Taking by Kimberly Derting

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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?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this take on alien abduction. I thought it was a pretty interesting take on how aliens take people away. The thought that they use fireflies makes me question going out alone at night. The logic behind aliens taking only teens is really well thought out- younger bodies so any testing done won’t harm the body, teens could be classified as run away instead of missing more than likely.

In the case of Kyra, it’s interesting because she’s been gone for 5 years. Then she awakens behind a gas station. How horrible. To her it’s been 1 day, but to her family, 5 years. I just couldn’t imagine. It was easy for me to see through her parents eyes who were amazed and worried and shocked at her return. I would be too. Her dad, well, he just broke my heart. He practically lost his damn mind after her disappearance. But who can blame him? He was blamed for her disappearance. Her mom…well, I don’t like her mom. She doesn’t act like a mother who just found her long lost daughter. I get she has a new family, but come on! Your daughter, who you thought was dead, arrives at your house and you treat her like nothing is wrong. Kyra doesn’t make it easy on her since her mom does have a new husband and a ‘replacement’ kid. I probably would act the same way if I arrived home and my mom had a replacement child and new husband who she wanted me to bond with. Yea, no.

It’s interesting to think that fireflies help aliens abduct people. A flash of light, then you don’t remember anything. Well, it’s creepy but it works. The fact that there are more of them, lots more, hundreds more of those who have been abducted really is cool and crazy. They live quietly away from others, out of the eyes of those who want to test on them. The need to. They have powers. Kyra has the most of them- holding her breath underwater for 15+ minutes, telekinesis, healing..She’s super now.

It’s a great story and you honestly, will be riveted. I was. I read this book in one afternoon. I just couldn’t put it down. I needed to know what happened to her and to Tyler. Tyler is her ex-boyfriend’s little brother..but after 5 years gone he looks older than Kyra. Kyra still looks 16, not 21. She bonds with Tyler and they end up in love. It’s a whirlwind romance and yet, you root for them.

I highly recommend this book. It’s an easy, quick read with a fascinating story about alien abduction.

5 out of 5 stars!


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