Review: Fracture by Megan Miranda
Fracture by Megan Miranda
January 17, 2012
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.
Dark and mysterious, FRACTURE drew me right in from the start. While the tempo is a bit too fast at times, the desire to discover the truth about Delaney’s return from death will keep readers flipping the pages.
Delaney isn’t in a very good situation at all a few pages in. She dies from falling into a frozen lake and isn’t pulled to the surface until she’s been under for eleven minutes. She should be dead, she was dead, but somehow she’s alive and fully functioning. Nothing seems to be wrong…well, except for the fact that she is drawn to people who are dying.
I truly liked Delaney at the start. She is confused and upset, but she deals with it all in a way that will earn her respect from readers–in the beginning that is. By the half-way point, Delaney starts running from all her problems and won’t confront them. Every time she would make a dramatic exit, I lost respect for her. I understand that she is in a very unique situation, but running doesn’t make the problems go away.
I’m not really sure what to say about the romance in the novel. There is a definite connection between Delaney and her best friend Decker. They’ve been friends since elementary school and Decker saved Delaney. The chemistry was blazing between them in the beginning, but it started to fizzle out as the novel went on. It was a major disappointment, that’s for sure.
The paranormal aspect is extremely intriguing. I still don’t understand what happened to Delaney and why she came back to life, but I haven’t seen much of anything like it in YA. Miranda succeeds in breaking out with a fresh concept in the YA genre.
If you’re into paranormal YA, I’m sure you’ll love FRACTURE for the most part. I liked it, but I wish the ending hadn’t been so rushed. I will say this: Miranda knows how to write a compelling story that you won’t be able to put down.