by Kimberly Derting
by Kimberly Derting
3.5 Magical and beautiful stars...
The Taking is a story about accepting your fate and trying to find some normalcy in events where you are the only one who seems sane.
After Kyra wakes up behind a garbage dumpster, she realizes that she doesn't remember anything that happened after her and her dad's fight. Everything seems the same but at the same time, everything is also different. That's when she finds out that it's been five years since the night of the fight and everything around her changed except Kyra. Parents are divorced, her old boyfriend is dating her best friend, and she needs to figure out what to do with her life because she's officially 21. The only thing that makes her feel better is Tyler, a boy across the street who is not a twelve year old that he used to be.
"Awkward or not, you should know I'm glad you're back. And now that I'm older, I'll try to be a little more memorable."
Tyler seems to be the only one who understands her struggle and accepts her situation. But when she gets a tail from NSA who want to do testing on her, Kyra needs to disappear from their eyes. She finds a group of people who claim to have gotten through the same thing as she has and now they have to run from danger and from experiments that government wants to put them through.
"Love required sacrifice and makng hard choices and doing things that were bigger than just you. It wasn't something you asked for, or could control or change. It was something you accepted. Love was a force of nature."
I'm a huge fan of Kimberly Derting and absolutely love her writing. That why I was confused when I started reading The Taking.. Story started out a little slow and since the beginning was mostly already written in book's summary, it wasn't surprising. I mostly knew what was going to happen anyways. The "insta love" that happened between Kyra and Tyler was a little cheesy but as the story progressed, I actually appropriated the progress that was described.
After about 50% of the book that's when it started being interesting. The whole alien invasion started to become twisted and that was that. That was the point where I saw why I love Derting's writing so much. Action, raw emotions, the chase - this is what I was expecting. Ending was incredible and I cannot wait to the sequel.