The Taking by Kimberly Derting

ImageThe Taking by Kimberly Derting

Book 1 in The Taking Series

Release Date: April, 2104


My Rating:  2.5/5


Kyra is an all American 17 year old who loves softball, her dad, and her boyfriend. One day, after the championship game, Kyra and her dad are having an argument about college when Kyra gets out of her dad’s car and mysteriously disappears.  She resurfaces 5 years later…bum, bum, bum.

The Good

  • It was well written especially the first couple of chapters.
  • The ending was interesting-didn’t see it coming

The Bad (This entire review contains spoilers)

Now it’s time for Really? with Dawn.

  • So you’ve disappeared for 5 years and you’re still the same age and you go to your old house and some strange man who ends up being your stepdad doesn’t recognize you.  Really? The girl hasn’t aged a day.  Shouldn’t there be pictures of her all over the house?
  • So you’ve disappeared for 5 years and everyone has been looking for you and now you’ve returned and go to Target but there is no media outside waiting to get your story? Really?
  • So you’ve disappeared for 5 years and you don’t try to figure out what happened to you or try to figure out why you haven’t aged a day until midway thru the book? You’re only concerned about the boy across the street and not why you can’t remember anything about your abduction or why all of your peers are 21 and you still look 16? Really?
  • So you’ve been abducted by who knows what and you go walking outside by yourself in the middle of the night? Really?
  • So you’ve finally decided to investigate your abduction and you meet a guy named Simon who tells you he was abducted too and that all the other abducted live on a compound and that you should come b/c the NSA is hunting you but you can’t go because you are in love (after 5 days) with the boy across the street and Simon understands and lets you go but neglects to tell you extremely important stuff like if you bleed in front of people they will die in 2 days? Really?


The first half was instalove, which I hate.  The second half gets better because there’s action but it’s predictable.  If you want to read an excellent alien, science-fiction book, read The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.

Book Clubs for Tweens/Teens-

Please stop reading if you don’t want to see spoilers!!!

I do this b/c I am a librarian that runs a book discussion group for 5th-7th grade. Parents of younger teens are expecting librarians to pick clean books and it is helpful to know if the book is okay for middle school.  Otherwise, I am all for Intellectual Freedom.

  • The only thing is language.  There’s a couple of shits, fucks, and pussies
  • Okay for 13 and older

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