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Fracture - Megan Miranda
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Fracture - Megan Miranda
Date: 28/02/12, updated on 28/02/12 (48 review reads)
Advantages: A great read
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.
Summary: Three stars out of five