Monday, 6 July 2015

Review: The Replaced by Kimberly Derting

Title: The Replaced (The Taking #2)
Author: Kimberly Derting

Release date: April 28th 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Format: ARC
Pages: 354

Source: Publisher

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.

Plot-wise, this was a great follow-up to The Taking. We finally get some answers, and I like where the story is going. The only thing I'm iffy about is the romance aspect of the book, so my feelings about the book overall are quite mixed.

It's been twenty-five days since Tyler, Kyra's dad, and Agent Truman disappeared. Kyra is in Silent Creek camp, still looking for evidence that the vanished have returned. When they get a lead, a group of them decide to follow it. Kyra's desperate to find Tyler, but she can't know if the boy returned is the same as he used to be.

The pace of this one was great, with an introduction to the new characters in the first few chapters, and then right into the action in the next few. I liked getting to know the characters in this book - Simon, Jett, Natty, Thom, and Willow. They're all very different from each other but somehow, along with Kyra, they work great as a team. I especially liked Simon in this book, and I'm glad we get to know more about him. He's a leader, but he's not ruthless or dispassionate. He's kind to Kyra, and he empathizes with her despite the fact that he's pursuing a girl in love with someone else.

And that brings me to the romance. Why, why, why was a love triangle introduced in this book? Not that I really liked Kyra and Tyler together, but now that Tyler's missing, Simon has to make a move? And then begins the clichéd girl-can't-pick-between-two-amazing-guys plot thread. Ugh. Simon deserves better, he really does.

I love the characters on their own, though. Simon's awesome, and Kyra really steps up in this book too. She's trying to get a hold on her newfound powers while doing everything she can to find the people she loves. She's stubborn and badass and doesn't take no for an answer. What she wants, she makes sure she gets. Kyra's strong personality really started to grow on me. I hope it remains the same in the next book!

There are, of course, a few twists in this. One involving Kyra was pretty big, and I'm curious to see how that plays out in the next book. There's another one that's again very clichéd, and I was disappointed by that. Regardless, it works well with the storyline, so the plot is redeemable. The next book is the finale of the trilogy, so it's got to be jam-packed with action and of course answers to all our questions. I can't wait to get my hands on it!

*Thank you to Megan at HarperCollins International for sending me an ARC for review*

Rating: 3/5

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