Saturday, February 25, 2012

Fracture by Megan Miranda

Fracture by Megan Miranda
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Publisher: Walker Childrens Books

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. 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?  -

Wow, this was completely different from what I expected.  I'm not sure why, but it brought something a little bit more than what the summary predicted for me.  Yes, Delaney is now drawn to the dead, and it's so sad to watch her agonize over this as she discovers that she can sense people who are about to die and that there's not much she can do about it.  My "predictable" radar was going off when she met Troy, because I really saw the whole "guy with similar issues swoops in to save the day" thing about to happen, but the author led us down a completely different path.  I was pleasantly surprised.

I really wanted to knock Delaney's parents upside the head.  The fact that they believed some of the things they did about her really shocked me.  I felt so bad for her that they would make these assumptions and be so difficult with her, all in the name of protecting her.  But it was true to life, that I guess I understood it.  I can probably imagine some parents reacting the way they did.

The romance in this story was perfect.  It is slow to build, slow for me to even figure out actually, but then again, when it finally becomes obvious where the story was headed, I wanted to bomp my forehead and say, "no kidding.  Where have you been?"

This was such a unique story, and I found myself really sucked in and on the edge of my seat.  So many things were going on and it kept you so engaged.  The writing was fast and thoughtful, and the characters so real and endearing.  I had to love it.  Looking forward to more great stories by Megan Miranda.  Great debut!!



  1. I felt the same way to when i read this book, it is indeed unique. Great review x


  2. Thanks, Lalaine! It was definitely one of those books that can help pull you out of a reading funk... which I had been in.


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