Tuesday, January 24

Fracture by Megan Miranda

Fracture by Megan Miranda
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 272

Summary: 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.

My Thoughts: This is one of the best books ever! Oh my gosh, it was that good. I loved every minute of it. From the first page, it sucked me right in. I had to know more, I had to read more, I had to keep going.

We are introduced to Delaney Maxwell. Since she was a little kid, she's had a best friend/next door neighbor named Decker. Decker was one of the sweetest guys on the planet. I loved and adored him.

Delaney and Decker do everything together so its not surprising that on one winter day they go to meet up with their friends and cross the frozen lake to get there. It's not surprising they goof off as much as they do and Delaney takes an accidental fall. But, Decker is already half way across the lake. The ice breaks and Delaney falls through. Right into the ice cold water. And dies. For eleven whole minutes.

We are swept away and end up in her hospital room. Delaney is hooked up to machines and barely alive. She's been out cold, hooked on a ventalitor for 7 long days. Those 7 days, Decker barely leaves her side. Delaney wakes up and she recovers pretty well. Doctors don't understand it, how can this girl die for eleven minutes, wake up and just be okay? According to the MRIs she should have major brain damange and not be fuctional. Her family is just happy she's alive.

Delaney goes on with her life and meets a mysterious boy named Troy. Troy understands Delaney since he's been through a horrific event himself. As she gets to know him, she learns more about him and what his problem is.

What can I possibly say? About 50 pages in, we start to believe there is going to be a major love triangle going on, there really isn't. I knew the whole time whose Delaney's heart really belonged too. Troy isn't who we really think he is. He's somewhat dangerous if you really think about it.

Fracture was an intense debut. The people who died, and the people who lived, I really didn't see the deaths coming. I really didn't. I was surprised and found myself sad through most of it. Is it nature? The way things are supposed to be? The chain of events? The effects it has on us?

I also liked how it was set around wintertime. Even though I read Fracture near fall, I still felt like I was walking across the frozen pond and driving down the snowy road.

I loved all the characters. I loved her friends. I loved her relationship with Carson, her relationship with Deckor, even to an extent I liked learning about Troy and seeing her explore that relatoinship.

Fracture was a great novel. It had romance, mystery, happiness, sadness, friendship. It had everything to make a perfect novel.

Overall: Hands down one of the best novels I've read all year. This is a book you should read as soon as possible. Keep some tissues handy. I loved it. Beautifully written and a spectatulcar story.

Cover: Love it. It fits perfectly and I like the blueness of it. I even like the trees in the background.

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Vivien said...

I adored this one. I highly recommend the short from Decker's POV. Definitely an added bonus :D

roro said...

tnx 4 reviewing
i so want this

Lori L. Clark Art said...

This was an excellent read. I enjoyed it thoroughly! The only thing that agitated me a teensy bit was the relationship between her and Decker... Come one already! :)

An said...

This seems interesting, another book for my to read list!

ansindt said...

I had a hard time getting into this one. It just was not one that I enjoyed.


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