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Review of Fracture by Megan Miranda

by - January 03, 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?

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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?

The idea of a girl surviving 11 minutes under water, and the consequences of that, was what first pulled me in and made me want to read Fracture. I was curious to see where it would go, although I guessed they would be going down the paranormal route easily enough. I was expecting it to be very similar in style to all the over YA books out there – Girl has powers/is special, girl meets mysterious new guy, girl encounters much death and destruction. Actually, when I put it like that, it is like every other YA out there. But there's something about Fracture that makes it a little bit different too.

The characters in this, apart from Delaney and Troy, really annoyed me in many places. Decker didn't annoy me as much but he did have his moments. I had difficulty understanding him. Decker is your stereotypical boy-next-door but other than that I never really 'got' his character. He was going from beating himself up to kissing some other chick to taking Delaney out to the theatre and I was waiting for him to make his bloody mind up already.
One particular character, Delaney's mother, was the reason why I have given this book 4 stars. I am sick to death of YA books with overbearing parents. If they're dead, that's fine by me because I know if they're alive I'll have to put up with constant whining from them. With Delaney's mother, she was constantly at Delaney's back, sending her back to the Doctor, shoving pills down her neck and generally making Delaney feel as though her mother wished she were dead. You just don't do that with your kids. You give them a chance to heal and you work with what you've got. If Delaney was out every night drinking then fair enough. But she just wanted to concentrate on her studies.
Troy was an excellent addition to this, and he added a darkness to it which felt quite unique. His character is one I'll still remember in a years time. He had a bit of a God Complex about life and death, slowly becoming more twisted as the story progressed and the ending was one that I didn't expect. Apart from Delaney, he was the only character that felt real, not like a cardboard cut-out.

The ending really impressed me, it was shocking and final - I was fully expecting your average 'BUY MY NEXT BOOK!' cliffhanger so the Author can write a sequel but you can read this, be satisfied that the story is complete enough and not feel as if you have the buy the sequel, assuming there will be one. At the moment I believe it is a standalone but I fully expect a sequel to turn up in the next year or so. There are tiny ends that haven’t been tied, mainly an argument between Delaney and her best friend, Janna, but I'm not sure that they even need to be tied up.


Received free from Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review

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  1. tnx 4 the review
    so looking 4 ward to read it

  2. I really want to read this one. I did read another review in which the reviewer described some of the characters as annoying. I'm sure I'll probably be annoyed by them as well if I ever read this, but the premise sounds interesting enough to get me through it. Thanks for the great review!

    The Musings of ALMYBNENR

  3. Hey, love the new look of the blog! This is the second review I have read of this today (probably a coincidence, they were both in my twitter feed). I think I will be adding this to my TBR pile.

  4. @roro - get it as soon as you can, it's awesome!

    @aLmYbNeNr - Mainly the mother and she's REALLY annoying. I'm not sure if this is due to a relaxed upbringing!

    @thoughtcrimes - Thanks for noticing, you're awesome!

  5. I've not started it, even though you sent it to me ages ago. Sorry...
    The new look.... I'll have to get used to it. As long as computer doesn't crash first. Thanks for the review.

  6. @Nina - If it crashes because of the new look, you may have a problem as a lot of bloggers are switching to this!

  7. I'm confused as to why you're blog with this post is showing up as Books, Beads and Blue October. When I navigated to your blog from your Twitter, it came up ComaCalm like it used to. *confused* LOL

  8. @aLmYbNeNr Moved my blog, switched my name. BUT I used my old custom domain name, so people can still find me easily. I decided to move after Google deleted my old blog randomly for no reason (took all day to get it back) and then when I switched to the Dynamic view I couldn't get this comment box to show up at all and I got a bit annoyed... still, fresh start!

  9. Ahhh okay! Good to know! :)


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