Review: FRACTURE by Megan Miranda

Megan Miranda
272 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: January 17th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher

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.

   Don’t let its small size fool you – Fracture is packed with just the words you want to read. Good thing it has a cover to match.

   Megan Miranda’s debut is a much-craved for standalone that will keep you turning the pages faster than you can think. With a unique plot and praiseworthy main character, there’s nothing you’ll find missing in Fracture.

   Delaney Maxwell is your average teen. She’s not rich, nor poor. She studies hard, keeps her grades as high as can be. She’s average up until she becomes the miracle, the anomaly, the fluke. Because after 11 minutes, she should’ve been dead. She should have stayed dead. But six days of coma later, she wakes up, seeming perfectly fine. But the pull is there. The inexplicable pull to something. At first, she’s desperate for the reason. But when she finds out… she doubts she’s even human anymore.

   Fracture moves at a perfect pace. The characters were perfect, fleshed out, and each played their own unique part. The scientific elements turned out more like a hint of paranormal – an aspect I loved. Our protagonist, Delaney, is pretty easy to relate to, and you won’t find yourself turning your nose up in disgust at the decisions she makes.

   In the end, I really enjoyed how the story played out. Fracture isn’t a part of a series, so you won’t find a dreaded cliffhanger on the last page. You’ll close the book, smile, and eagerly anticipate Megan Miranda’s next work of fiction.

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    Nina @ Death Books and Tea

    January 19, 2012

    I've got this on my physical to-read pile…looks like I have something to look forwards to!

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    JJ iReads

    January 19, 2012

    Great review. I'm definitely looking forward to what Megan Miranda writes next.

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    Rummanah Aasi

    January 19, 2012

    I have this one on my Nook and on my “have to read ASAP” list. It sounds awesome and I'm thankful of its originality. Can't wait to read it!

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    Dazzling Mage

    January 19, 2012

    Been reading great things about this book. Definitely adding it to my list. =)

    Great review!

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    Juju at Tales of

    January 19, 2012

    O you make this sound so good. Great review.

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    January 19, 2012

    Great review. I didn't love this book as much as a lot of other people have, but it was definitely a great read.

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    January 19, 2012

    Great review and I definitely agree with what you say. I really enjoyed it as well and was left to a lot to think about!

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    I Read Banned Books

    January 19, 2012

    Great review and I totally agree!


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    January 20, 2012

    Great review. tnx 4 the giveway/ fingers crossed

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    Julia :)

    January 20, 2012

    I had no idea this was a stand alone! That makes me even more excited to read it. :D

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    A Canadian Girl

    January 20, 2012

    I'm looking forward to reading a book with an MC that doesn't make dumb decisions and is remarkably average (well, until she's not). Great review, Hafsah!

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    January 20, 2012

    Great review this looks like a great book!

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    January 20, 2012

    A stand-alone? Wow. I might have to read it just for that fact alone. Well, that and all the fab reviews.

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    January 21, 2012

    This is so on my list and she is already working on another standalone..wahoo!

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    Jasmine Rose

    January 22, 2012

    I'm so glad to hear this is a great standalone. It doesn't seem to happen very often these days unless it's contemporary. I enjoy when science mixes with paranormal too :]

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    YA Yeah Yeah

    January 22, 2012

    Great review – I really liked this one. Definitely good to read such a fab standalone!

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    January 28, 2012

    I can't decide if i want to read this book. It sounds interesting. Glad you liked it.

    jennifer k

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    Sara H.

    January 30, 2012

    This book is the first contemporary I've come across that everyone is saying has a bit of paranormal mixed in. That and so many other things makes this book incredible!

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    February 6, 2012

    I loved Fracture! Even though there were some parts where i got frustrated i still couldn't put the book down. Awesome review!

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    Maji Bookshelf

    February 10, 2012

    I love your review!! So short and perfect! I really enjoyed fracture as well, and it DID have me turning its pages!! I really cant wait for her next book as well!! Great Review Hafsah !

    Farah @MajiBookshelf

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    Nicole@The More the Merrier

    March 11, 2012

    I'm not a huge fan of standalone novels but this one sounds just interesting enough that I may give it a chance. Delaney sounds like a really great character.
    Thanks for the review!

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    October 31, 2012

    I really really liked this one too. It was SO refreshing when I read it. I love Decker :D

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    November 6, 2012

    I thought this book was really fun, in a creepy, can't look away kind of way. Glad you liked it too!

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    Jaime Lester

    November 26, 2012

    So, I am one of the odd (wo)men out with this book. I didn't really enjoy it very much. I was so frustrated with the characters and the way some of the story played out. And I really didn't enjoy the ending. The part that I did very much enjoy was the beginning. That part was great!

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    Soumi@Pages From My Thoughts

    December 8, 2012

    I loved this book and how the topic of mercy killing was being focused on the book

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    The Writer in the Background

    February 17, 2013

    I've read so many things about this book, but I never really bothered to check it out! I'll have to look around for this at the library…