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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 me, Fracture by Megan Miranda started off really strong and for the first few chapters I just couldn't look away from the page. But, unfortunately I then found the middle to be a bit slow and I found myself struggling to read for any length of time. It just seemed that the author was unravelling Delaney's abilities and moving the plot along a little too slowly for my liking.
I also thought this book was a weird mix of contemporary and paranormal elements. I really enjoyed the contemporary elements and the trauma of dealing with a near death experience and the effect that it has on not just Delany but her family and all those close to her. Especially Decker, I did enjoy the complicated relationship between Delany and Decker, but it was a tad typical of the YA genre. But that's not necessarily a negative comment. There was just a lot in this book that I thought was only good.
What I didn't like so much was all the unexplained paranormal elements that didn't really add much to the story and left a lot of loose threads unanswered. Maybe after reading way too many paranormal YA books I am becoming much, much more pickier and demanding on what I think makes a great paranormal read.
When I finished reading Fracture it did feel like a standalone book, which is very rare in YA at the moment. However, I might be completely wrong and Fracture is only the beginning of a new series. Personally, I feel like it's not a set of characters or world that I wouldn't be rushing out to read more of, but who knows!
The writing was really good and elements of the characters and plot kept me hooked but I just couldn't help feeling this book was slightly confused in what it was trying to deliver.
Although I didn't love Fracture, I did enjoy it and I will certainly look out for more by Megan Miranda in the future. I would recommend reading this book, it's a short, quick read but it's not the best example of paranormal YA out there and I like my stories with a few more answers.
Genre - YA, paranormal
Published by Bloomsbury (Jan 2012)
Paperback - 262 pages (£6.99)
Source - I received a copy of Fracture by Megan Miranda from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.
*may contain minor spoilers*
Delaney Maxwell is pretty much your average 17 year old girl living in Maine, where we learn that the winters are freeeeeeezing (key info for the story). Until she's not. Delaney finds herself falling through the ice of a nearby lake and she's down there for 11 minutes. Who knows what can happen in 11 minutes? But unlike most people (well, all people), Delaney wakes up from her coma after she's pulled out. Which is totally supposed to be impossible because she was underwater for 11 MINUTES and she should be dead or, at the very least, brain dead but the thing is... she *isn't*. Needless to say, the doctors are baffled. And then she notices that things are happening to her... like I-can-sense-when-somebody-is-about-to-die-things. Um.
I think this is my favourite 2012 debut of the ones I've read so far. AND THIS IS JUST THE FIRST ONE. Dude, I swear, if even half of 2012 YA debuts are as good as this I am so ready for the rest of the year. SO. READY.
It was the idea of somebody surviving underwater for 11 whole minutes that made me want to read Fracture. Because ser-ee-ous-ly. That sentence does not intrigue you?! I was really hoping that it would be different from other paranormal YA books out there, that it would make me think about the story a lot and it did. I couldn't get it off my mind for days. I'm currently studying GCSE Psychology in school and I love it. We'll soon be looking at the brain and how it works and basically how amazing it is, which is another reason I couldn't wait to read Fracture. The whole life and death thing. Confused me in the best way. Is Delaney causing death? Or is this something completely out of our league? Or perhaps something much, much scarier? And everybody believes that Delaney not dying is some kind of miracle, but is it really possible to walk away from something like this totally unharmed?
The characters were all very well-developed and flawed and I found that there were different traits in each character that I could really relate to, Delaney in particular. It made me laugh that she's a bit of a neat-freak, and that her books are alphabetized, a bit like me, and I'm guessing a lot of other book bloggers and readers! The two boys in Delaney's life played really big parts in the story, but for very different reasons. Troy's part in the story gave it that mysterious air and I really liked that. I felt like I couldn't figure him out at times, which was a real breath of fresh air. So glad there was more realness and less predictability to him. I adored her best friend, Decker. There is something so amazing about reading about friendships. Especially seeing how somebody would go to such great lengths to save your life because they care about you so much. I couldn't keep the smile off my face when Delaney and Decker finally stopped denying their strong feelings about each other. I felt so emotional and just happy.
I loved the way Miranda revealed things to us bit by bit, while still managing to keep us on our toes. The suspense surrounding the book was fantastic. Fracture was touching and exciting and thoughtful - I'm so caught up over how such few minutes can change everything. And the number of real-life problems in there, like what happens when you nearly lose a member of you family just made me question things even more. Eleven out of ten stars.
== About the book ==
Fracture is the debut novel by Megan Miranda. It is published by Bloomsbury on 5th January 2012. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC for review.
== Plot ==
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?
== What I thought ==
Fracture wasn't a title I had heard of until the ARC turned up on my doorstep one day. Instantly, I wanted to read it, even though I had books that needed to come first. However, instead of waiting, it kept calling out to me on the shelf so I just gave in.
Fracture really starts off extremely well. It doesn't take long for certain events to happen which sets the tone for the whole book. The fact that the story starts off at a quick pace was great because it got me hooked immediately. Delaney's story and experiences drew me in and made me want more... everything... straight away. She is really your average teenager living in Maine. Many films (and Stephen King novels) are set in Maine so if you know any of these, you will know that it gets extremely cold there during the winter. Miranda does explain this situation well for people who don't know this and it sets the scene perfectly for what is about to come. The freezing conditions and expectations of Delaney and friend Decker give them a good enough reason to be on the lake in the first place.
As Delaney wakes up from her coma even though she should have died, she knows something isn't right. Her doctor is baffled, not understanding how she isn't completely brain dead. The mystery and tension surrounding what actually happened to Delaney was my favourite aspect of the book. Little things are revealed in tiny instalments, giving the reader hints at what is going on. Just when you think you have all of the answers, a new twist is thrown in and it gets you thinking again.
Although the story obviously centers around Delaney (who I loved!) nothing could happen without her best friend Decker and stranger Troy. Each guy plays a massive part in Delaney's journey for entirely different reasons. Out of the two, Decker was by far my favourite as he seemed like the typical boy next door - sweet, caring and gorgeous. It wasn't that I didn't like Troy though, because I did, he was just really creepy!!
Fracture really has everything that I could want in a book - mystery, action of sorts, great characters and a hint of romance.