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Author: Kimberly Derting Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: HarperTeen Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Taking Trilogy Release Date: April 2014 ISBN: 9780062325006
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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer meets The Fifth Wave in this chilling and explosive new series from author Kimberly Derting.

The last thing Kyra Agnew remembers is a flash of bright light. She awakes to discover that five whole years have passed. Everyone in her life has moved on—her parents are divorced, her boyfriend is in college and dating her best friend—but Kyra's still the sixteen-year-old she was when she vanished. She finds herself drawn to Tyler, her boyfriend's kid brother, despite her best efforts to ignore this growing attraction. In order to find out the truth, the two of them decide to retrace her steps from that fateful night. They discover that there are others who have been "taken," just like Kyra. But Kyra is the first person to have been returned past the forty-eight-hour taken mark. With a determined secret government agency after her, Kyra desperately tries to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had . . . but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Equal parts romance and suspense, The Taking is a sexy blend of conspiracy theory and sci-fi.”

    Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • The Taking is an action-packed, heart-filled ride. I loved it.”

    Melissa Marr, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “With pitch-perfect prose, swoon-worthy romance, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, The Taking kept me reading late into the night. This is Derting at her best.”

    Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Kimberly Derting does it again! The Taking is an exciting, fast-paced thriller with an eerie and intriguing paranormal mystery at the heart of it. You’ll want to read it as fast as you can and then demand the next book now!”

    Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Kimberly Derting is an amazing writer and a master storyteller. The Taking will have you hooked from the very first pages.”

    Richelle Mead, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The mystery, romance, and action add up to create a roller coaster of a read. Main character Kyla’s feelings of not belonging are so tangible and realistic, it feels like she could walk right off of the page. Slowly piecing together what happened to her is exciting yet terrifying, and will make this a fast read for everyone.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “Engrossing…Derting turns a hoary alien-abduction conspiracy theory into an original and intriguing premise.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This series opener provides a promising start that intrigues as well as it entertains.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Kimberly Derting is the author of The Body Finder, Desires of the Dead, The Last Echo, and Dead Silence, which are as much coming-of-age romances as they are paranormal thrillers, as well as The Pledge, The Essence, and The Offering, a dystopic fantasy trilogy. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where the gloomy weather is ideal for writing anything dark and creepy. Her three beautiful (and often mouthy) children serve as an endless source of inspiration and frequently find things they say buried in the pages of their mother’s books.

About the Narrator

Tavia Gilbert is an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry. Named the 2018 Voice of Choice by Booklist magazine, she is also winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She has earned numerous Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. has named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir. In addition to voice acting, she is an accomplished producer, singer, and theater actor. She is also a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral.