So, The Taking and The Replaced, the first two books, made this one of my favourite series. With this finale, Kyra, Tyler, and Kyra’s father are on the run from Agent Truman and the government, and are separated from Simon, Jeb, Natty and everyone! But in Kyra's mind are a ton of weird numbers, something that just might mean a countdown. But if so, a countdown to what? And how can she finally get rid of all these people that are after her for something she had no control over but now kind of does?
The Countdown is a ride that hovers but unfortunately severely crashes as it finishes up. Still, The Taking series is a series I enjoyed and loved exploring for 90 percent of the time, and that’s more than good enough for me to give the whole series a recommendation. I still think The Taking and The Replaced are triumphs. This one, I think, falls on its face with I think an attempt to conclude everything too fast. I was supremely curious as to what the aliens would look like, which guy Kyra would get, though I was rooting for Tyler, and once and for all, why Kyra was one of The Taken and was taken for so long. And the first half or so, even though it switches to having viewpoints for Simon and Tyler which it never did before, still has the fun and freakout of the first two, while also maintaining the writing I'd already loved, with Kyra always giving the right sentence. However, then Kimberly Derting brings a twist to one of the characters I just don't know if I will ever buy.
The turnout seemed too instant and the characters didn't seem as taken-aback by it. There's also a betrayal, except this time, the betrayal felt more "Gotcha!" then "Gasp!" and didn't serve much purpose. Still, there are moments I enjoyed, especially Kyra attempting to escape from a place that has the same atmosphere that Ransom Riggs and Madeleine Roux put into their horror book series, as well as an alien description that left me wanting to drive off and witness the scene for myself.
But my main desire in this book was to have all the questions answered. And were they all answered? I'd say three quarters of them were. Something I was always curious about was why Kyra had been taken for five years whereas anyone who is always goes for only two days. We get an answer to it that could've been better and could've been worse. One thing that wasn't really answered was...well, I won't spoil it either.
The ending was one that I admit, had me emotional, sort of like how I was at the end of the first Maze Runner book and movie. Though the ending honestly copied off of an ending from before and I felt it left too many holes unfilled, had a smug side story hidden, and I don't know. Maybe I was even a little tiny bit hurt. I still think The Taking and The Replaced are great books and I think Kimberly Derting has made a good series. Sadly, the last book was far from being as satisfactory.