Author: Megan Miranda
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: January 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover, 272 Pages
ISBN-10: 0802723098 (Bloomsbury Books)
ISBN-13: 978-0802723093 (Bloomsbury Books)
Reviewed By: Macie
In a striking debut, readers will be spellbound by this unforgettable story of life and death . . . and beyond
Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine-despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?
Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she’s reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy’s motives aren’t quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?
For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death.
Quick and Dirty: This book is not what you expect, and left me pleasantly haunted by the reality Miranda brings to the character of Delaney Maxwell.
Opening Sentence: The first time I died, I didn’t see God.
I really enjoyed Fracture, Megan Miranda’s debut novel about a girl who has unexplainable sensations about those who are near death. Delaney Maxwell is a normal teenager, average on all counts. That is, she was a normal teenager before falling through thin ice on a lake and technically died before being pulled out by her oldest and best friend, Decker. When she wakes up from her coma, Delaney starts experiencing a strange phenomena that leads her to people who are about to die. If this isn’t odd enough, her brain also appears to be damaged, but she is able to function as well as she did before the accident. What makes this particular plot interesting to me was that the author, Megan Miranda, was a scientist and also interested in scientific mysteries that focused on the brain.
Not only does this novel have an interesting premise, but it also has the writing to back it up. The characters felt very real, and the story is still haunting me in a good way. I know I like a book if I want to immediately reread it as soon as I finish.
The character of Delaney is handled very well. This is a girl who has gone through a life and death experience and out the other side, only to experience a shocking and frightening new ability that has no solid medical explanation. She is obviously traumatized, but still strong enough to deal with her new death sense without completely dissolving into madness. Not only does she have her recent death to deal with, Delaney is also stuck in a bit of a love triangle with her best friend Decker. Having known enough teenage guys, I also feel that Decker is well written. He is confused by his emotions and does not always make his intentions and feelings clear to Delaney, hurting her in the process by choosing another girl over her. Decker and Delaney have grown up together, and Delaney is interested in him as more than a friend if he ever noticed enough to acknowledge it. Their relationship has depth and meaning, and reminded me of the various social interactions that shape all relationships in their own way. What I mean is that it felt very real to me to read about Delaney and Decker growing apart, and how that affected them both.
Delaney meets another person who has the same extra sense as her. The character of Troy is an interesting twist to the story because finally Delaney finds one person who can actually understand what she is going through, but he also has a warped sense of what is right and wrong in the world. The first time I read this story, I felt that Troy changed quickly, but the second time through, all the warning signs of his mental instability were there. As I was reading the book again, I felt just as betrayed as Delaney did when she finds out the truth about Troy. This book was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, which goes to show how well written it is.
The novel itself is fairly short when compared to other books of the genre, but the pacing felt very real, almost as if the reader is living along side Delaney. My only comment on that is how quickly Troy inserts himself into Delaney’s life without calling too much attention to himself. One could almost say he leaves her life as quickly as he entered it.
Another thing that I liked was how Megan Miranda includes instructions on how to save someone who has fallen through ice. Having never lived somewhere that got cold enough to have lakes or ponds freeze, this information was very useful to me personally. I like learning something new from any book I read. This also drove home just how lucky Delaney was to be saved from the icy depths of the lake.
I enjoyed Fracture, and am looking forward to what Megan Miranda writes in the future.
Dad came home way before dinner in a very un-Dad-like move. There was a lot of whispering and slamming of cabinets while I attempted to teach myself the last two weeks of precalculus. It wasn’t going well.
There was a knock at my door and both my parents came in and sat on my bed. I spun my desk chair around. “We want to talk about last night, honey.” Mom looked to Dad for reinforcement.
“What were you doing at Mrs. Merkowitz’ house?”
“Nothing. I just saw something, so I went to see what it was.” And my brain itched and my fingers twitched and I just had to be there.
Mom and Dad exchanged a bit of mental telepathy. I could guess what they were saying. At 2:00 in the morning? In her pajamas?
FTC Advisory: Bloomsbury Books provided me with a copy of Fracture. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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