by Megan Miranda Published by Walker Childrens
on January 17th 2012 Pages:
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.
I had an ARC of this lying around and to be honest wasn't quite sure what it was about until I picked it up. I knew it had a bit of hype and it being a debut always piques my interest.
I tore right into this book and was hooked instantly. Fracture pulls you in with a story that starts in tragedy and a miraculous recovery that cannot seem to be explained. Yet, something has changed Delaney, she can see when someone is about to die. She's not sure what to do about it until she meets Troy. He seems to have the answers to how she gained a gift she did not want, but can she really trust him?
The dynamic relationships in this book were really what made it a stand-out novel to me. I thought the "I can see death before it happens" idea was a bit old, but Miranda definitely takes it to a deeper, more realistic level. Delaney struggles with what to do with the gift she has and although she seems to fall for Troy, she still remains a bit suspicious and eventually draws out the truth from him. Her best friend Decker plays a key role in this novel as well and he was a stand-out character who I really loved getting to know. He reminds me a bit of my own boy next door best friend growing up and that really resonated with me.
This book definitely gave you a blatant look into death and the side effects of miraculous recovery. I loved the realistic feel of it even with the slightly supernatural elements. I'm glad it remained so and didn't go in a strange direction.