This time, there aren't as many spoilers at the back of the book. It's been seventeen days since Tyler, Agent Truman, and Kyra Agnew's dad were swept away at the top of a volcano by a cyclone of fireflies. Did Tyler survive? In The Taking, people who are taken are only taken for forty-eight hours tops, so maybe not. For Kyra, however, she was gone five whole years, so now she has a shoestring to hold onto while she hopes. But now, she and the rest of the kids who have taken refuge from the police who want to, we don't even really know, to them, have just recieved word of a newsletter that says a 16-year-old was found not knowing how he got where he was, has a description much like Tyler's, and is now in confinement several hours away. It could be a trap, but Kyra has to try, and in the meantime, perhaps find out what happened to her, why the government has been abusing these special people, and why Kyra has these special powers unlike anything anyone has seen before.
So are the questions I had at the end of this book answered? Yes and no. They were answered and opened up even more of them. I couldn't believe the twist up they pull on this major character. It should've seemed so obvious. I also liked how Kyra not only uses her powers but uses her weakness to her advantage, and that when a character is in danger, she considers both sides of rescuing her or not but goes for the right one.
Simon shows he has feelings for Kyra as well, and I guess I kind of saw it coming after the end of the first book, but after the romance I shipped in the first book, I wasn't all for it. I appreciated Kyra's reaction, though. It wasn't completely rejecting yet not completely accepting either. And Simon is anything but a jerk, which didn't make this section of the storyline necessarily...bad. And when two characters reunite, I never saw the twist coming. Not from a million miles, and it shredded even more questions and I might've shed a tear.
There's this flirt-and-smack moment that I didn't like and reminded me too much of the horrid twistup in The Scorch Trials, and this moment where a character holds some of our heroes but let others walk around freely. But those were the only times where I was thinking negatively of the book. Oh, and maybe when Kyra has to dye her hair, mostly because I always pictured Kyra like Mia Wasikowska's Alice:
And I guess maybe the reason I haven't given this series 4 stars is, well, actually, I don't know. I've stated a few things I caught in these books but they're so minor they're practically pedestrian on a gold platter anyway. What I do know is I have my Top list of the year for books planned, and I'm going to get working on it asap. This series is going to be on it. And maybe at the end of 2017, so will The Countdown, a book I'm itching for.
Kimberly Derting's The Taking series is one of the easiest books to devour since The Selection and Miss Peregrine. It knows what sort of writing will captivate readers, keep their attention, and what will surprise and tug them.