Thursday, January 05, 2012

REVIEW: Fracture by Megan Miranda

Title: Fracture by Megan Miranda
Pages: 261
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: January 5th, 2012
Format: Paperback
Source: Bloomsbury (for review)

Summary (Goodreads):
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?

*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. 



  1. I loved Fracture. All the 2012 books I've read have been great. I definitely agree with reading about friendships, it is so nice to see. Thanks for the review :)

  2. Great review! I loved this book so much. It was so unique and I really could not see what was going to happen next. I can't wait to check out more 2012 debuts!


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