(The Taking, #2)
by Kimberly Derting
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Publication Date: April 28th 2015
Genre: Young Adult | Sci-Fi | Aliens
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Romantic and action-packed, The Replaced is the gripping second installment in the Taking trilogy.
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 but is in the hands of a shadowy government organization that experiments on the Returned, Kyra knows it's a risk to go after him. What if it's a trap? And worse, what if the returned Tyler isn't the same boy she lost?
Perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and the Body Finder series, The Replaced is both chilling and explosive, with creepy, otherworldly elements and twisty, psychological thrills that will have you questioning what exactly it means to be human. (Goodreads)
If you’ve not read the first book yet, read this review at your own risk. This review may contain some information that was in the first book, and may include a few spoilers as well. You’ve been warned!
The Replaced picks up just a few weeks after The Taking leaves off. Krya is still on the run from the NSA, and keeping a close eye out for Tyler, who was abducted all because of her. I like that Kyra is a lot more confident in herself in this book, even when she finds out some things about herself that she has a bit of a hard time dealing with. Unfortunately she has no other choice than to learn to deal with the way she is, and it’s something she does determinedly. I like this about her.
The secondary characters in the book are well written as well. A lot of the characters we know from the first book are in this book, and we get to know a lot of them even better. We are also introduced to some new characters as well; some of which are super interesting, and some you’re going to be super suspicious about.
The beginnings of a love-triangle seem to start in the book as well, and honestly, I’m not sure how I felt about it. I didn’t really buy the relationship, as it pretty much seemed a little forced on one side, and there really wasn’t any chemistry to me. I’m curious, though, to see what is going to happen with it.
The Replaced is full of twists and turns, some that you may see coming and some that will completely take you by surprise and leave your mouth hanging wide open. Like the first book, The Replaced ends with another cliffhanger. This one wasn’t as bad as the one in the first book, but it’s still left me wanting to know what in the world is going to happen next!!
Overall; I really enjoyed this sequel very much, and I’m super curious to get my hands on the next and final book in the series, which is currently without title and release date. But hopefully we know know more about it soon!