The Taking

The Taking

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer meets The Fifth Wave in this chilling and explosive new series from author Kimberly Derting. The last thing Kyra Agnew remembers is a flash of bright light. She awakes to discover that five whole years have passed. Everyone in her life has moved on-her parents are divorced, her boyfriend is in college and dating her best friend-but Kyra's still the sixteen-year-old she was when she vanished. She finds herself drawn to Tyler, her boyfriend's kid brother, despite her best efforts to ignore this growing attraction. In order to find out the truth, the two of them decide to retrace her steps from that fateful night. They discover that there are others who have been "taken," just like Kyra. But Kyra is the first person to have been returned past the forty-eight-hour taken mark. With a determined secret government agency after her, Kyra desperately tries to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had ...but what if the life she wants back is not her own?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 22mm | 336g
  • HarperTeen
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062293613
  • 9780062293619
  • 387,251

Back cover copy

A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

A bright light is the last thing sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew remembers before waking up behind the Gas 'n' Sip with a raging headache, a malfunctioning cell phone, and a major case of déjà vu. She trudges home to discover that she's not missing just a few hours--five years have passed . . . yet she hasn't aged a day.

Everything else has changed: her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has gone from a neat-freak to a conspiracy theorist who believes Kyra was abducted by little green men. Confused, Kyra turns to Austin's younger brother, Tyler, who is no longer a kid.

But as Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps, they come across strange phenomena neither of them can explain. Suddenly Kyra's dad doesn't seem all that crazy. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned.

As Kyra struggles to reclaim the life she once had, there's a chance the life she wants back is not her own.
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"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 Noel, #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 Praise for DESIRES OF THE DEAD: "[T]his absorbing suspense tale...stands out in the sea of supernatural fiction...Imaginative, convincing and successful suspense." -- Kirkus Reviews "Interweaving suspense, steamy romance, supernatural elements, and themes of jealousy, anger, and other deadly sins, this fast-paced, compelling read features a multifaceted protagonist and intriguing supporting characters. Wholly absorbing, this will leave readers hoping for future titles about talented Violet." -- Booklist Praise for THE LAST ECHO: "As always, this author writes a gripping tale...this intriguing series continues to provide great entertainment for suspense fans." -- Kirkus Reviews "In spite of providing a tough, likable heroine and a sweet, romantic element, Derting unflinchingly explores the twisted minds of sadistic killers. It's a combination that keeps her readers clamoring for more." -- Booklist Praise for DEAD SILENCE: "Another compelling suspense tale with entirely believable adolescent characters who work together to prevent and solve crimes. BFFs, love interests, interfering parents all converge to make this story a great read." -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
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About Kimberly Derting

Kimberly Derting is the author of the Body Finder series, the Pledge trilogy, and the Taking series. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where the gloomy weather is ideal for writing anything dark and creepy. Her three beautiful (and often mouthy) children serve as an endless source of inspiration and frequently find things they say buried in the pages of their mother's books. You can visit her online at
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Rating details

6,207 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 28% (1,763)
4 35% (2,178)
3 26% (1,591)
2 8% (494)
1 3% (181)
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