Release Date: January 17, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: NetGalley
By the time Delaney Maxwell was pulled from a Maine lake’s icy waters by her best friend, Decker Phillips, her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead.
But somehow Delaney survived—despite the brain scans that show irreparable damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be fine, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney now finds herself drawn to the dying, and when she meets Troy Varga, a boy who recently emerged from a coma with the same abilities, she is relieved to share this strange new existence. Unsure if her altered brain is predicting death or causing it, Delaney must figure out if their gift is a miracle, a freak of nature—or something else much more frightening….
Fracture has an explosive first chapter. It’s impossible to not get completely hooked within the first few pages. The rest of the book lives up to that first chapter. It was captivating, intense, and almost impossible to put down. Megan Miranda has written an excellent debut.
Delaney wakes up in this unfathomable situation. She died for 11 minutes. She’s supposed to be brain dead, but she’s not. She’s definitely not the person she was before, though. I really liked Delaney for the most part. As a reader you get to figure out things along with her. The one small issue I had with the book was Delaney’s inability to communicate. She never asked questions about her condition or told a certain someone how she felt. That frustrated me a tiny bit, but it wasn’t a huge deal and some of it was necessary for the plot.
I loved Decker. I really, really did, but I also enjoyed the Troy aspect of the story too. He brought a lot of mystery to the story. I liked not knowing whether I should like him or not at first. Don’t go into the book expecting a romance. It’s much more of a thriller/suspense YA. Which is awesome!
Overall, Fracture was a fantastic debut. I flew through it. The premise was great and the entire book was gripping. I definitely recommend this one.