- Series: The Taking (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen (April 28, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006229363X
- ISBN-13: 978-0062293633
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,105,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 8 Up—Kyra, abducted by aliens and returned with enhanced abilities five years later, continues to evade government agents bent on capturing her and others like her in this intermittently exciting sequel to The Taking (HarperCollins, 2014). Kyra's wracked with guilt that she was responsible for her dying boyfriend Tyler, her father, and an agent being taken by aliens. Seventeen days later, she receives information that Tyler might be alive and held captive at a nearby National Security Agency facility. Kyra is determined to break in and rescue him. The rescue attempt fails, and Willow, another member of their group, is captured. Only Simon, the group's leader, knows the secret Kyra's afraid to tell everyone—she has unique abilities like telekinesis and superhuman strength. She's also freaked out about Simon's newly romantic interest in her. After Tyler, unsurprisingly, turns up alive, the inevitable love triangle develops—despite the fact that Tyler has no memory of their past relationship. Stolen NSA facility files reveal a devastating secret about Kyra. After a fast-paced start, this second series installment slows down considerably in the middle. Hopefully, readers will be rewarded with more action and answers in the concluding book in the trilogy. VERDICT Strictly for fans of the the previous volume.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton
“Kimberly Derting is an amazing writer and a master storyteller. THE TAKING will have you hooked from the very first pages.” (Richelle Mead, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of VAMPIRE ACADEMY)
“Equal parts romance and suspense, THE TAKING is a sexy blend of conspiracy theory and sci–fi.” (Kami Garcia, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of UNBREAKABLE and co–author of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES)
“THE TAKING is an action–packed, heart–filled ride. I loved it.” (Melissa Marr, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of WICKED LOVELY)
”Kimberly Derting does it again! THE TAKING is an exciting, fast–paced thriller with an eerie and intriguing paranormal mystery at the heart of it. You’ll want to read it as fast as you can and then DEMAND the next book NOW!” (Melissa de la Cruz, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of BLUEBLOODS and WITCHES OF EAST END)
“With pitch–perfect prose, swoon–worthy romance, and edge–of–your–seat suspense, THE TAKING kept me reading late into the night. This is Derting at her best.” (Alyson Noël, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE IMMORTALS)
“An original and intriguing premise” (Publishers Weekly)
“This series opener provides a promising start that intrigues as well as it entertains.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Readers will be legitimately unable to put the book down. The mystery, romance and action add up to create a roller coaster of a read.” (Romantic Times Magazine)
Praise for THE BODY FINDER “You’ll be drawn in by the love story—and kept up all night by the suspense.” (Claudia Gray, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Evernight series)
“First–time novelist Derting has written a suspenseful mystery and sensual love story that will captivate readers who enjoy authentic high–school settings, snappy dialogue, sweet romance, and heart–stopping drama. A real page–turner, this will have readers checking behind themselves and refusing to go anywhere alone.” (Booklist)
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There's more, of course, but unwilling to do spoilers, I'll be careful with any more information. Kyra's desperation to find Tyler fuels most of the book, and there's another side to the story when they end up at a camp where Thom and Simon used to live and work. Run by Griffin, Kyra's instantly skeptical and oppositional in her new home, but she's in for bigger surprises when it becomes apparent that Kyra's not just Returned, she's Replaced. And that has even more dangerous connotations for the group.
What I liked: I love Kyra, and I love her feelings for Tyler. I love that she recognizes her shortcomings but still goes ahead anyway. I loved the whole rescue attempt and the ending especially. The twist of having a spy is good and sets us up for the final book. I'm eager to see what's going to happen next and if Kyra can regain everything she's lost since she came back. She's got some hard truths ahead of her and I can only hope we get the happy ever after ending we want.
What I didn't like: I don't like love triangles, and possible love quadrangles. I don't like being set up for one relationship and then having another maybe, possibly, mean something. Not be spoilery, but Simon bugged the snot out of me the whole time I was reading. Give it a rest already! I also felt like the book dragged at times and maybe it was supposed to since Kyra does spend a good deal of time waiting. I also disliked the whole Griffin scenario; I felt like I was getting a Walking Dead vibe of total power and it just didn't work.
But, yeah, this is a good sequel, and I enjoyed it. The writing is good, and Kyra's voice is strong. I like how some historical events seem to be woven throughout, and I'm eager to see what happens with all of the characters. While it may not have been quite the page turner the first book was, it's still a decent sequel and one that moved the stories along purposefully and creatively.
Kyra has grown up a bit more in ‘The Replaced,’ she is more confident over her choices and tackles obstacles head on. Mainly because she is on her own. I did miss the tension Kyra had with just about everyone after she was returned having missed so much time and some people wondering if she was in fact, the real Kyra, and not an impostor – I’d loved to have seen that explored more to give a darker tone to the simplistic, light and fluffy style of the book.
The story line is less generic, but not altogether original, and I didn’t get any surprises. Additionally there was something that happened to Tyler that had me rolling my eyes (no spoilers). With sufficient going on to grab my interest, this title falls under my guilty pleasure handle. It’s not particularly challenging, but nonetheless entertaining.
A pleasant quick read, and something I’d recommend to friends for a lazy afternoon snuggled up by the fire.
I was tossing up between a rating of 3.5 or 4 for ‘The Replaced,’ but settled on 4 because it managed to up the ante as a sequel and still captured my interest even if it didn’t really challenge me. Plus plenty of feels and sci-fi goodness.
The returned alien abductees are back. The story picks up only a short time from where book one ended, only days later. Kyra and then gang are trying to find her father and Tyler, all while staying out of the reach of the NSA.
There is action, drama, suspense and Sci-if goodness with a little bit of romance. I loved Kyra and Tyler in book one, but I'm rooting for a Kyra/Simon reunion with lots of kissing and other romantic goodness in book three (there better be a book three, Kimberly Derting. Do you hear me?! )
This brings me to the ending. I thought the book wrapped up pretty well, maybe a little rushed or forced, but all-in-all good. However, there was certainly some foreshadowing of unresolved issues with the Simon-Kyra exchange at the final meeting point and with the very last line of the book. If nothing else, Derting does write a good cliffhanger.
It's a good read. My rating: 4.5/5 stars.