The taking / Kimberly Derting.
Booklist Reviews 2014 May #2
Kyra wakes up behind a Dumpster and doesn't know how she got there. Upon stumbling home, she discovers that home itself has changed. Her parents have split up, and her mother has a kid with her new husband. Her father, once a neatnik, is now an alcoholic obsessed with extraterrestrial theories concerning her disappearance. Wait, disappearance? Shocked, Kyra learns that it's five years later, yet she is wearing the same softball uniform that she wore in her last memory at age 16. Desperate, she turns to Tyler, her boyfriend's little brother who is now 17 and definitely attractive. As they try to find out what really happened to her, they learn that Kyra has powers and that there are others who have been taken and returned. What's more, the NSA wants them at all costs. Raising the questions of whether we are alone and who we can trust brings a timeless relevance to the story. Heart-stopping action and suspense combined with a budding romance make this book appealing to a wide range of readers. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall
Sixteen-year-old Kyra returns five years after her mysterious disappearance and hasn't aged a day. When more superhuman capabilities emerge, she must surrender to the NSA or join the other Returned in hiding. Despite an entertaining premise and a tense reveal regarding Kyra's disappearance, an overbearing and unbelievable romance keeps the more compelling relationships with her family and the militant Returned secondary.
PW Reviews 2014 February #3
After 16-year-old Kyra stalks off one night, there's a flash of light, and she awakens to discover that five years have passed without her in this engrossing paranormal romance. Kyra's conversational, occasionally sarcastic first-person voice redeems an otherwise slow first half as Derting dwells on Kyra's resentment of the changes that occurred in her absence, including the two-year-old half-brother she now has and her former boyfriend's new relationship. But Kyra finds a stubbornly loyal, supportive partner in her ex's younger brother, the nerdy, playful Tyler. Meanwhile, she tries to avoid the NSA agent stalking her. Encountering her pursuer, "I stammered, because sometimes when I was intimidated, I was smooth like that." Tension intensifies when Kyra learns she isn't the only one who's been "taken." Derting (The Pledge) turns a hoary alien-abduction conspiracy theory into an original and intriguing premise. Though it's difficult to suspend disbelief when no one explains to Kyra why she's dangerous until it's too late, any pacing problems disappear as the book hurtles toward a high-stakes finish, and a cliffhanger sets up the next installment of this trilogy. Ages 14–up. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Apr.)[Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC