Fracture by Megan Miranda
Publisher/Year: Walker Childrens January 17th, 2012
Genre: YA Thriller and slightly contemporary
Series: YES PLEASE
Other Books From Author: None– her debut!
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. 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?
Fracture opened with an explosive chapter, and it’s impossible not to be entranced by the mysterious tale. When Delaney Maxwell falls and traps herself under a newly-frozen lake for 11 minutes, she should be dead. She’s alive. Her doctors say she’ll remain in coma. She wakes up. The cat scans of her damaged brain show that she should have memory loss, a speech impediment and so much more. She’s fine.
The catch: Delaney feels a pull towards the dying.
Megan surprised me with her uncanny ability to pull my heartstrings at her mercy! We follow Delaney’s tough recovery, filled with parents who doubt her sanity, boys who twist her brain wires and strangers who die soon after she predicts. I could embrace Delaney’s frustration at not understanding what happened to her, why her and being helpless against death, because Megan put me into Delaney’s shoes right from the moment she slipped under the ice. In fact, I was so invested in the characters that I feel like punching someone just because Delaney does!
Enter Decker Phillips, heart throb #1 of 2012! His relationship with Delaney is pitch-perfect. Being neighbours since young, their chemistry and emotions boils beneath the surface without them saying a word. Seeing their sweet friendship, their little fights and banter, their highs and lows and in-betweens, and the complicated possibility/impossibility of something more, I feel like screaming at Decker: JUST TELL HER YOU LOVE HER!! Seriously, how more obtuse can this pair get? xD
Meanwhile, Troy Varga is out to complicate matters. He is always in shadows, always lurking, always presenting a dark and enigmatic vibe. A typical bad boy? Oh no, Troy frustrated me so much to the point I almost hated him! He feels the same pull as Delaney, but the traumatic ordeals in his life forces him to take death into his own hands… And he wants Delaney to do the same. Should the dying be given death?
Fracture is an addicting, haunting novel that will send your emotions spiralling down the same twisting thrill-ride as Delaney’s. Trust me when I say that Megan is crafty with her mysteries, they’ll make you hungry for answers!