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The Taking

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Smart sci-fi thriller explores girl's odd 5-year absence.

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THE TAKING is a smart, involving science-fiction thriller with an intriguing premise and a cast of interesting and sympathetic characters. Author Kimberly Derting keeps the suspense cranked high without descending into pointless chase scenes. Rather, she concentrates on Kyra's emotional turmoil as she tries to figure out why and how her entire life has been upended. The sci-fi conspiracy plot begs the question of why there's no media attention focused on a teenager who reappears after a mysterious half-decade's absence, but most readers probably won't be bothered by that plot hole. Also problematic is the way in which Kyra and Tyler constantly remark on how wonderful and special the other is. The romantic subplot is bouncy and usually fun, but the mutual admiration is laid on a little thick.

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