The Taking Series, Book 1
Description (taken from Kimberly Derting's website):
A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.
When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas 'n' Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn't aged a day.
Everything else about Kyra's old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.
Confused and lost, Kyra isn't sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin's annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra's father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?
Kyra is living the average life as a star pitcher on her high school's softball team. She's got the perfect dad who's trying to get her into a good college. She's got the boyfriend, and they're madly in love. But suddenly she disappears and life moves on without her. When she returns, will she be able to live the same life she once had?
When Kyra returns to her world: Earth, five years have passed. And everyone she's loved has moved on without her. And it's not pleasant. Her dad has become a conspiracy theorist who now believes in aliens. And as crazy as that sounds, it begins to explain a lot of what happened to her. Her past boyfriend's kid brother suddenly isn't a kid anymore. And he's eager to help her figure things out. But when mysterious people show up asking questions she can't answer, Kyra finds herself in danger. And even though she'll be fighting for her life, she finds the last five years that she can't remember did something to her.
This book had so much potential. But it seemed like all this book did was build the world and set up the suspense for the aliens. But nothing gets answered. That's like my biggest pet peeve with books. A million questions with no answers. I enjoyed this story, I just wished something had been answered.
It's a novel concept: a story about aliens. And I'm sure there are going to be others who enjoy this one more than I did. I hope the second one's better...