Saturday, March 10, 2012
Review: Fracture by Megan Miranda
Author: Megan Miranda
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Supernatural Fiction
Elements: Psychic Abilities
Publisher: Walker Publishing Company, Bloomsbury Publishing
Format: Hardcover, 262 Pages
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Source: Borrowed from Wentworth Library
Tagline(s): A lot can happen in eleven minutes.
Summary: By the time Delaney Maxwell was pulled from a Maine lake's icy waters by her best friend Decker Philips, her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead.
But somehow Delaney survived--despite the brain scans that show irreparable damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be fine, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney now finds herself drawn to the dying, and when she meets Troy Varga, a boy who recently emerged from a coma with the same abilities, she is relieved to share this strange new existence. Unsure if her altered brain is predicting death or causing it, Delaney must figure out if their gift is a miracle, a freak of nature--or something else much more frightening....
In Fracture, a girl drowns and dies after falling through the ice of a lake. Her best friend makes it in time to save her and she makes a miraculous recovery. But when she wakes up she discovers that she now has the ability to sense when someone is going to die. In eleven minutes, Delaney Maxwell's life was changed.
As Delaney tries to live the life that was fractured by her accident and her new ability, she learns the truths of life, death, and love.
If you had one day left to live, what would you do?
This is the question Delaney comes to when she realizes that she can't save people from death, but she can do something. She realizes that life will end for everyone, and that doing nothing in the meantime can be the most terrifying thing someone can do. So while you've still got time--because none of us know when our time to die truly is--do something.
Though there are supernatural elements to this story, it feels more psychological than supernatural. There's also some existential and philosophical moments as Delaney struggles to step back into her life. I loved Delaney and Decker as a duo--when they manage to take one step forward something happens to send them ten steps back. I was extremely happy with how this book ended and I really wanted to read more. I can't wait to see what Megan Miranda comes up with next!
Megan Miranda has managed to create a breathtaking and riveting debut! I don't know if there is anything I didn't like about Fracture. It has everything that makes a great story--mystery, suspense, romance, likable characters, and amazing writing. This book grabs you and doesn't let go.
Excerpt (Page 28):
A lot can happen in eleven minutes. Decker can run two miles easily in eleven minutes. I once wrote an English essay in ten. No lie. And God knows Carson Levine can talk a girl out of her clothes in half that time.
Eleven minutes might as well be eternity underwater. According to the lessons from health class, it only takes three minutes without air for loss of consciousness. Permanent brain damage begins at four minutes. And then, when the oxygen runs out, full cardiac arrest occurs. Death is possible ate five minutes. Probable at seven. Definite at ten.
Decker pulled me out at eleven.
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