Summary: 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?
Review: You, The Taking by Kimberly Derting, was surprisingly good. I was thoroughly entertained. It wasn’t a mind-blowing read but it satisfied my curiosity up until the last chapter. Honestly, my expectations were almost non-existent? Wanna know why? I didn’t like the author’s earlier work; so much that I didn’t get to finish it. And back then, I was much easier to impress so that’s say a lot of about it. But this book, wow, I liked it. I was really surprised, impressed even—not because of the story, mind you, it was simple and quite predictable—that I got to enjoy the simplicity of the story and relished every bit of it.
So the story started with Kyra having a huge argument with her father about her future. She walked out from him, then a sudden bright light engulfed her. When she woke up, her surrounding changed. Some stranger was now living in her old house. And when she sought her boyfriend, Austin, for answers, what surprised her is that he wasn’t him—it was his younger brother, Tyler, which was now older by five years. It is then that she realized that five years has passed since the incident. Everything changed, older, except for her. And she needed to know why.
So I guess, the alien abduction angle should have made me dismissed the story earlier (I’m not biggest alien fan, let me put it that way). Unexpectedly, it didn’t. The predictable was there, glaring obvious if I may so myself, but it really didn’t bother me. The whole vibe of the book reminded me of old times and every time I encountered such, it feels refreshingly good. So maybe that’s why I ended up liking it a lot than I expected.
But let’s go the details. So Kyra has gone ‘poof’ and all of a sudden five years just flew by without her. The gaping hole between the incident and the now is what made me continue. It wasn’t that she forgot, she really didn’t know what happened. And the person who had been following her since her returned knew what happened—at least theoretically. And that’s my minor gripe actually, you see, while it did shed light to the missing cases, it wasn’t solid as hoped it’d be. It was one-sided conclusion and it wasn’t wholly proven. The people like Kyra just pieced the information together. But the ‘creatures’ that responsible for it is still unidentified. I know they’re aliens but their objectives (hell, who they really are) was still unclear.
Now, the romance, you know I need to talk about it, right? It was decent; it wasn’t sappy but it wasn’t omg-I’m-shipping-this-couple-hard! type. That said, I really liked Tyler. Before she went missing, she had a relationship with his older brother, Austin. But since five years has happened and they thought she was gone for good, of course it is expected that the guy will move on. But to add salt to her wound is that he was now with her best friend. Hey, at least her ex was in good hands. Now back to Tyler, the kid has been crushing on her since he was twelve. I mean, isn’t that sweet?
And now that I’m older, I’ll try to be a little more memorable.
So for me his feelings are believable. Kyra on the other hand…insta-love should be a suffice explanation.
The hole in the story has yet to be filled which is expected since it looked like a sequel is on the works. And I’m really, really invested on Tyler. I was worried about his situation (more so than Kyra) so yes, I’m certainly reading the sequel (for him). Man, give me a chalk I’ll write the guy a tribute!
Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote: “Love required sacrifice and making hard choices and doing things bigger than just you. It wasn’t something you asked for, or could control or change.It was something accepted. Love was a force of nature. ” — Kyra