Monday, August 24, 2015

The Replaced by Kimberly Derting

Genre:  YA Science Fiction
The Taking Series, Book 2

Note:  This is the second book in a series.  Descriptions below have the potential to spoil the plot in the first book.

Description (taken from Kimberly Derting's website):
Kyra hasn't been the same since she returned from her mysterious five-year disappearance. Now, on the run from the NSA, Kyra is forced to hide out with others who, like her, have been Returned. Yet she is determined to find Tyler, the boy she loves who was also abducted . . . all because of her. When her group intercepts a message that Tyler might still be alive, Kyra risks everything to get him back. But he is being held by a shadowy government organization that experiments on the Returned, and going after him puts the rest of the group in danger. Even if Kyra gets Tyler back, the fight to save him—and the rest of the Returned—is just beginning.

This book picks up right where the first one left: with Kyra eagerly searching for Tyler.  She takes the blame for Tyler's abduction and is anxiously waiting to see if he is okay.  However, the group of Returned she is with have ulterior motives.

Kyra is convinced her group of friends will help her find Tyler and her dad.  But Simon is also convinced Kyra will see the big picture when she's ready for it.  And maybe, just maybe, she'll let go of her high school crush on Tyler.  Natty is ready to help her friend Kyra no matter what it takes.  And Thom?  He's going to protect his group and as long as Simon is out-thwarted, he's okay.  But when the group encounters another group of Returned, all mayhem seems to break loose.  And the social order is thrown into a brick wall.

I feel like this book flows very smoothly.  And while the very premise of the story has everything to do with aliens, we never get to see a cameo of these aliens.  So it's very misconceiving and this story is shrouded more in mystery when it comes to the science fiction aspect.  This story is more of an action-drama where the teenagers avoid the corrupted authority.  But we also find out that teenagers aren't always the best of leaders and at making the best decisions.

After reading this one, I'm not sure I want to read the next one.  Yes, the story is well-paced.  But in the end, I kind of want to know more about the aliens and less about Kyra's drama.

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