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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 suppose it was my fault for not heeding some of the reviews out there. For what it is, I think this was a good novel. However, I was drawn to this one because of the premise, that a girl is somehow drawn to the dying after spending several minutes herself in a state of death and miraculously coming back to life. Needless to say, since I am fascinated by such premises, I jumped right in. It wasn't long before I came to realize that this was really a romance novel posing as a sci-fi/fantasy thriller. The focus pretends to be Delaney's attraction to the dying, but the true focus is her agony in having to choose between the boy she grew up with and the boy she just met who has the same "powers" she has.
Yes, I did finish it, but it was quite tough for a grown man to trudge through a romantic novel, at least if you're not into that kind of thing. I enjoy romance. It's a human thing. What I don't enjoy is page after page after page of comparing one guy to another and trying to figure out which one I love more or who loves me more, blah blah blah. For me, the only parts where the book really picked up were during the moments Delaney would be drawn to a dying person. I wanted to know *more* about this phenomenon. For better or for worse, author Megan Miranda does not reveal the source/cause of the phenomenon and leaves it mysterious a la Stephen King.
I had to put this book down thrice. Once was for bedtime. Once was for pizza. And, the final time was to drive my kids to a kid party. I grumbled all three times that I had to put the book down, and really, all of those break reasons are decent reasons.
The characters were developed and seemed plausible. Except for dying, I was a lot like her female character as a kid. Her inner monologue seemed reasonable. She didn't have the answers at once and had to find them, and she wasn't sure of her own feelings.
Kids not talking about their feelings because they're afraid of what the other person thinks seems totally plausible too.
After reading the author's blurb on Amazon, I kind of expected a little bit of science fiction. I mean, she's a science teacher. But it wasn't. And this story was perfect in its non-science-fiction-ness. I kind of wish the complete brain change was explained more, but I'm also glad that it wasn't.
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.
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.