Author: Megan Miranda
Book #: 1
Reading Level: YA
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: .7
Goodreads Rating: 4.02Published: Jan. 17, 2012
by Walker Childrens
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.
Fracture was a nice welcoming surprise, and though I have some problems with it, these problems didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of this fantastic tale. What is this tale driven by? The characters, and the author wrote the type of character you can feel connected to and will care about, even if sometimes they don't really make the smartest choice.
Delaney is this great girl, who has some commitment issues. She is friends with oh so dreamy Decker. One day they were out with their other friends and they decide to cross the solid lake to spare some time. Delaney falls, the lake breaks, and then she is pulled under for eleven minutes. Most people would be seriously dead by now, but she miraculously survives, and through the book we watch as she deals with the aftermath of surviving, and this whole new sort of power she gets.
What I most enjoyed out of the book was the relationship between Delaney and Decker. It was spark driven, and so interesting. The whole 'will they' or 'won't they' of their relationship had me on the edge of my seat. There's also this other guy that comes into Delaney's life, but I just thought he was so creepy most of the time that I didn't pay him much attention- Decker really catched my heart in the first few pages of the story.
Problems with the novel, well to be completely honest the whole "power" Delaney seemed to have wasn't entirely explained. You never know where it comes from, or how it manifested. If everybody who had a near death experience or was dead for a little bit and then came back to life could potentially have this power, then that doesn't make it that much special. Also why did Delaney survive? I still don't know! And sure they call it a miracle, but I need something more than just giving it the miracle stamp and moving on from it. I am just the kind of girl that needs cold hard evidence.
But again this did not detract from the overall enjoyment. The novel is driven by its characters anyways. I really enjoyed it, and I bet you will too. Plus that lovely covers certainly helps. I sadly have the ARC non pretty cover, but I can always buy it when it comes out!
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