Hardcover, 357 pages Published April 29th 2014 by HarperTeen
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?
I know we all have those “go-to authors” whom we love. Kimberly Derting is definitely one of mine! She could write about a bug trapped in a paper bag and I would drive to the bookstore the day it came out and buy it. When I heard about this new series of hers that was coming out, I was immediately hooked. It took me a while to get to it, but then it only took me a few hours to read it and fall in love with yet another of her amazing novels. There are many new ideas out there when it comes to Young Adult literature, but it seems like some are just reincarnations of the same plot lines…. except The Taking.
The mystery which surrounds Kyra and her disappearance kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time and I still have so many questions and predictions as to what is going to happen. I loved the dynamic between Tyler and Kyra is very well written (despite the craziness that it is) and I am glad that it was. I have to say that I was a little worried about how this plot would work for fear that it would be either really strange and unbelievable or just flat out cheesy. It was neither. This is one that I have already given to a student because I knew that she would devour it like I did… and she brought it back the next morning. She had it finished in about the same time. I am pretty sure she gave it another student as soon as she walked in my door too! That is the best thing ever!