Thursday, February 16, 2012

Fracture [Review]


237 pages [Kindle]
Published 17 Jan 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?

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.

My Thoughts:
To date, this is now my favorite book that I've read in 2012. I read it in 2 sittings, although I'm sure if 2 a.m. hadn't have rolled around, it would have been one sitting.

We meet Delaney, a 17 year old who has just woken up from a 6-day coma...a girl who should be dead. Then there are her friends, a circle of kids that have known each other their whole lives. I easily connected with the characters because I grew up in a little Northern town and had a circle of friends like that. Miranda made it a very realistic environment. Delaney slipped into a coma after being under a frozen lake for 11 minutes. Even she explains, after 2 minutes, you lose consciousness. After 4 minutes, your brain starts to become damaged. She was under for 11 minutes. Her friend and neighbor, who she wishes were more, Decker, fights to save her. Lo and behold, he did. Delaney is a miracle. Her doctors can't really explain why she is alive, why she was able to wake up out of her coma, and why she isn't completely a vegetable.

Then she starts having itches and is pulled towards people who are about to die. She meets Troy, a boy who was also in a coma, and has the same itch she does.

Miranda was so thorough with her characters. Delaney's mom is very affected after Delaney comes home. All her friends are different around her. Everything has changed. The second half of the book really had me. I ate it up. My chest hurt and I even cried. It was such a powerfully written story.

Previous Review:
Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick {here}

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Heather said...

Wow, this one sounds really deep!

Lacey said...

This book sounds really good! Thanks for sharing- I've been looking for what book I want to read next!

Rachel said...

Okay, by the description alone I can tell I want to read this one. :) It sounds great!!


Shoshanah said...

This one sounds really interesting and like something I'd really enjoy