THE REPLACED by Kimberly Derting


From the "Taking" series, volume 2
Age Range: 14 - 18
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The second entry in the Taking trilogy finds Kyra mixing it up with a group of fellow Returned and searching for her lost love. 

Derting wastes no time diving right back in to Kyra's journey, one that is just as physical as the first book’s was emotional. This change of pace is a little jarring: Gone is the exploration of Kyra's alarming reappearance and what that means to those around her. In its place are missions, camp life, sci-fi hokum and a new love interest. The least interesting part of the series' prior installment was Kyra's growing attraction to Tyler, a character who has little to offer besides a nice smile and cut abs. The author improves this element tremendously this time around. Kyra's budding relationship with fellow Returned Simon is much more scintillating. Simon has Tyler beat in every way: He’s as smart and brave and capable as he is attractive, bouncing off Kyra's negative vibes with a refreshing cautious optimism. Less exciting is the book's overall structure, or lack thereof. Kyra and her Returned posse drift from place to place, occasionally poking the National Security Agency but more often than not just constantly moving. Enough bread crumbs are dropped to hint at the forthcoming conclusion, and of course there's a cliffhanger heading into the final book, but all the traveling makes for one very episodic installment.

The book suffers somewhat from middle-book syndrome, but it is still solid enough to keep fans reading. (Science fiction. 14-18)

Pub Date: April 28th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-06-229363-3
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2015


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