Thursday, April 26th 2012

Review: Fracture, Megan Miranda.

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: January 17, 2012
Received From: Bought
Page Count: 262
ISBN: 9781408817391

By the time seventeen-year-old Delaney Maxwell is pulled out of the icy waters of a frozen lake, her heart has stopped breathing. She is officially dead. Then she starts breathing. . . The doctors are mystified. But Delaney knows something is very wrong, even though outwardly she has completely recovered.

Pulled by sensations she can’t control, Delaney now finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her brain predicting death or causing it? Then Delaney meets Troy Varga. Is Troy a kindred spirit who somehow understands her weird and frightening gift? Or are his  motives chillingly more sinister . . .

A page-turning read that will send chills down your spine.

‘Fracture’ is the debut novel from Megan Miranda. The premise of the book sounded intriguing and I was in the mood for reading something new, so Miranda’s debut seemed like the perfect place to start.

‘Fracture’ is about Delaney, a girl who dies after falling in a frozen lake. She is underwater, dead, for eleven minutes before she is pulled out. She should have remained dead but for reasons unknown, she isn’t. She awakes from a coma and surprises her doctor, parents and best friend Decker. Although she is brain-damaged, she shows no symptoms of this. This is a miracle. Well, until Delaney realises she is being drawn to the dying. Unsure of what is happening to her, Delaney must figure out how to continue with her life and make the decision whether her ‘talent’ is a gift or a curse.

This was a great story to read. I’m yet to read anything like it so as well as reading a piece from a new author, the ideas put across in this book were new to me aswell. The plot was well written and paced well so it’s no surprise I read the book quite quickly. Miranda did a superb job of keeping me on my toes, eager to find out what was going to happen next.

What make or breaks a book for me is the characters. The main character in ‘Fracture’ is Delaney. Although she doesn’t come across strong, she certainly has overcome a lot. She survived the impossible and now has to deal with the aftermath. Her new ‘talent’ is just one factor. She feels she can’t confide in anyone without them thinking she’s crazy and her own parents begin treating her differently too. Just when she feels she is in this alone, she meets Troy. Like Delaney, Troy has survived being in a coma and it soon come to light that he shares her ‘talent’. Delaney thinks that she has found someone who understand her but Troy is mysterious. Although he seems nice to begin with, readers will soon see a different side to him.

Then there’s the best friend Decker. Hands down he was my favourite character in the book. I wish we heard more of him to be honest. Yet, when he is featured, it’s evident that he’s a good guy. His decisions at times were a little flawed but I felt as though his heart was in the right place. It’s the moments when Delaney and Decker come together that I enjoyed reading the most.

Overall ‘Fracture’ was refreshing to read. Though, if I had one bad thing to say, it’d be that I’d have liked to find out more about Delaney’s ‘talent’. I know I keep calling it a talent. This doesn’t seem like the right label but I can’t think of another way to express what it is. Perhaps if more insight was offered about it, I would be able to use a more appropriate word for it. I’ve read that this won’t be made into a series and to be honest I’m glad. I feel the story was complete however I will definitely be checking out any new books by Megan Miranda. She is the one to watch!

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