Saturday, 14 January 2012
Fracture by Megan Miranda
Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Published: January 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
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?
I found the concept behind this book to be a refreshing change and an intriguing idea. The atmospheric writing style really drew me into this book and although I found the characters a bit hard to relate to, the confusion and emotion surrounding such an experience was realistic and well written.
My favourite character would have to be Troy. I really enjoyed slowly discovering that he was not just a typical 'bad boy' type but in fact was extremely creepy even though he seemed to think he was doing the right thing.
I found the relationship between Delaney and Decker particularly frustrating and was repeatedly wishing that they would just stop lying to each other and get their act together.
The ending was satisfying but felt a little rushed. Overall it was enjoyable and refreshing to read a paranormal novel without any paranormal creatures.
ARC provided by NetGalley.