Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Book Review: The Replaced by Kimberly Derting

I was kind of mixed about The Taking, but I liked it enough to give The Replaced a chance. Turns out my feelings about this series are still pretty much the same.

We pick up right where we left off, with Kyra hiding out at the refugee camp for the Returned. Once again, all Kyra can think of is finding her beloved Tyler, no matter what the risks. When the leader of the camp decides they should go to a secret NSA building where he thinks they are holding Tyler, Kyra is ready.

Things don't go as planned, and the group ends up on the run unable to return. They head for a very different camp for the Returned. They are mostly treated as prisoners and no one trusts anyone. Turns out maybe that's a good idea. There are a few revelations and a huge cliffhanger that made the ending exciting, but I found myself skimming through the middle.

I just can't get a hold of any of these characters. I'm sorry, but Kyra is a snot. I just wish she'd do some growing up. Her attitude just doesn't mesh with the gravity of their situation. Pretty much the same complaints that I had about The Taking. 

The premise is interesting, the prose is easy, and there is a nice build up of tension at the end. But I don't like the characters and the changing attitudes towards each other. I can't understand the relationships, especially when you add in the leaders of this new camp. Even with the cliffhanger, I think this may be the end of this series for me.

However, if you enjoyed The Taking, you will most likely enjoy The Replaced.

Published by HarperTeen, April 28, 2015
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
368 pages

Rating: 2.5/5

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  1. Kimberly Derting is from our area here in Washington State and will be attending a author's workshop for teens from area high schools. I haven't read this book nor The Taking but kids at my school like her The Body Finder series since it set near here and there are lots of cultural references we recognize.

  2. I really love the Body Finder series by this author but haven't ventured out to her other series. I ordered this one for my library because I had a student request for more "science fiction that's not hardcore science fiction". I'm curious to see if this will fit the bill.

  3. I have kind of a love/hate relationship with Derting. Some of her books I love, some I really don't. I've been putting off reading THE TAKEN for fear it will be in the latter category. I think I'll still give it a try, just not necessarily soon.


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