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Review: FRACTURE by Megan Miranda

Posted by on January 19, 2012

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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  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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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