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Fracture Hardcover – January 17, 2012
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Seventeen-year-old Delaney Maxwell has the chance for a do-over. She survived the seemingly unsurvivable—11 minutes beneath water, before being pulled out. But her survival has come with a price: she now has the ability to sense when another person is near death. She is drawn to Troy Varga, another accident survivor, who has her same ability, but while he tries to shorten the suffering of the dying and help them towards death, Delaney is determined to save them. The unique plot would be enough to draw YA readers to Miranda’s first novel, but add multifaceted characters, a true-to-life high-school setting—complete with all the cliques—and the fearful love-hate relationship with Troy, not to mention a love affair between Delaney and the boy who saved her, and the novel has further appeal. Pair this with Cynthia Voigt’s Izzy, Willy-Nilly (2005), Wendelin Van Draanen’s The Running Dream (2011), and Davida Wills Hurwin’s A Time for Dancing (1995) for interesting reads on living life in the midst of death. Grades 8-12. --Frances Bradburn
One of the best YA thrillers I've ever read * Praise for FRACTURE, Wondrous Reads * Brilliantly written, I was gripped and absorbed by every single second of the story. It's quite literally one of the best debuts I have ever read * Praise for FRACTURE, A Dream of Books * A stunning debut. I'm definitely going to check out whatever Megan Miranda writes next! * Praise for FRACTURE, I Want to Read That * Fracture took me totally by surprise. It was emotional, powerful and it left me reeling * The Book Addicted Girl * Fracture is a gripping read full of heart in mouth moments, mystery, action and romance . . . It's hard to believe that this is Megan Miranda's debut and I can't wait to see what she writes next - if it's half as good as Fracture then it's sure to be impressive! * Feeling Fictional * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I thought the characters were developed very well. I enjoy a book when I can develop strong feelings along with the main character. The author, Megan Miranda, also made me ponder a really thought provoking question - what would someone do if they knew a person was going to die, and they couldn't stop it.
Seventeen year old Delaney thought this day would be like any other. Spending time with her best friend Decker and other kids from school was something she was looking forward to. That was, until she fell into a thought to be frozen lake, and remained under water, trapped for eleven long minutes. While Delaney was in a coma, her friends and family we given the bad news. Delaney, currently in the running for class valedictorian, had significant brain damage and would most likely be in a vegetative state.
Much to the surprise of everyone, including her doctor, Delaney woke up with memories and personality intact. There were only a few problems. According to Delaney, someone had cut her with a razor while she was sleeping, and she could feel when others were actively dying. As she became estranged from her family and friends because no one truly knew what to expect from her, Troy wanders in to the picture. Seemingly having the same ability as she, Delaney is attracted to Troy - but also afraid of the darker side that he sometimes portrays.
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I really felt connected with Delaney. With MRI scans clearly showing that there were multiple areas of brain damage, I couldn't help but acknowledge the fear and uncertainty Delaney felt as she, herself, seemed somewhat fine. The brain is a unique organ, and when someone can't even trust what their own mind is telling them, it can be downright scary.
All the characters were also portrayed well with the particular situation that was dealt. Guilt seemed to be the main theme that coursed through the book as Delaney felt guilty she had survived, her friend Decker felt guilty that he could not have saved her earlier, and her family felt guilty that they could have not done more. As Delaney becomes more attune to the unique trait she has developed, she also feels guilt for not being able to do more for those she knew were dying.
Yes, there was romance. Delaney's accident couldn't have come at a worse time because she was truly trying to discover her identity and where her best friend and a school friend fit as potential "more than friends" options. With the introduction of Troy, I was worried that this would end up being another falling for a bad guy story, but much to my surprise the twist was very different than I expected.
I read this book in one sitting because I simply couldn't put it down. Although I don't get emotional with most books, I laughed and cried with this one.
I give this story four out of five stars.
Megan Miranda has created an original storyline that depicts the complexity of the human mind. The story had plenty of twists and turns to keep the pages turning and emotions churning.
What drew me to this novel before I even knew what the story was the cover. It's absolutely beautiful. The characters, especially Delaney, are definitely complex and well-developed. It kept me wanting to turn the pages as she tried to work out her connection to Troy and figure out what relationship she had with her best friend Decker. At times I felt Delaney and Decker's was a bit repetitive with the will they, won't they get together angle and this could become frustrating because they seemed stuck in a loop, not really going anywhere, but when Troy's relationship with Delaney is introduced the stakes are raised.
I felt the ending was a bit rushed as there was so much character building and so many twists to the mystery surrounding Delaney's powers and Troy himself, but that saying, I did enjoy this story and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys an emotional story with a hint of supernatural.
This novel kept me up late and had me rushing to get home from work to finish it. Kudos to Megan Miranda for her tight prose and characters of true substance. I've already passed this novel on to a teen, and there are 3 or 4 others lined up to borrow it when she finishes. Loved it.
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