Fracture (Fracture Series #1)

Fracture (Fracture Series #1)

by Megan Miranda

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New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda's heart-wrenching debut--a hauntingly beautiful story about what it means to truly live.

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?

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ISBN-13: 9780802723277
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/17/2012
Series: Fracture Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 42,329
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of Fracture, Vengeance, Hysteria, Soulprint, The Safest Lies, and Fragments of the Lost, as well as the adult thrillers The Perfect Stranger and All the Missing Girls. She spends a great deal of time thinking about the "why" and "how" of things, which leads her to get carried away daydreaming about the "what-ifs." She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children.
MEGAN MIRANDA is the acclaimed author of Fracture, Vengeance, and Hysteria. She spends a great deal of time thinking about the “why” and “how” of things, which leads her to get carried away daydreaming about the “what-ifs.” She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children.

Visit Megan online at and on Twitter at @MeganLMiranda.

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Fracture 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 180 reviews.
kristinja73 More than 1 year ago
Let's start by saying that I absolutely love this cover. It's not just a pretty picture or generic cover, it's prophetic. It says everything about Fracture. I would recommend getting this one in print, the cover alone is worth it...not to mention how amazing the story is. So now that I've covered the cover, let's talk about the writing. This is another one of those hauntingly beautiful love stories that weave their way into your heart and head, refusing to let go. Megan is a master at description, bringing the settings to life in a way very few authors have the can. Fracture is told in first person from Delaney's terrifying point of view, captivating you on her shocking adventure through life and death, then the return to life. You feel every bit of her fear, heart-ache, loss, pain, hurt, and betrayal as if it were your own. Delaney spends eleven minutes submerged below ice only to awaken in a hospital room surrounded by doctor's who say she has no chance. She spends several days trapped inside her body, listening and feeling things around her, unable to let people know her brain is working. Finally breaking free, she finds that her best friend, Decker, has been by her side the entire time. Unsure of what this means, all she wants is to leave the hospital and prove to everyone that she is the same Delaney she was before the accident. This will be difficult to prove since she can literally feel the dead pulling her to and fro. Let's count the reasons I love this book #1 - Delaney faces repetitive loss...from her own, to her mother's withdrawal, to the friend she couldn't save. It's not always a deathly loss but so many things go tragically wrong that people around her disappear from her life, leaving her alone and unable to cope. She must continue to fight for her life even after she's survived a horrific drowning. Evil lurks all around her, always attempting to sway her but Delaney is a fighter and she is most definitely a survivor. #2 - Decker and Delaney have been friends for what must seem like an eternity but now their friendship is strained. Delaney's accident has attracted the attention of Troy...someone who knows what it feels like to survive an unsurvivable accident. Decker walks a fine line...always wanting more than friendship and always afraid more will send Delaney straight into the arms of someone else. #3 - The taboo subject of euthanasia. Troy believes that people who are dying should be put out of their misery. Of course, he doesn't ask their opinions...he takes matters into his own hands. Delaney is out to prove him wrong and stop him from his current course of action. #4 - The serious twist of fate and Delaney's epiphany. I cannot go into this without spoiling the book so... #5 - Fracture brings so many feelings bubbling to the surface that leaves you thinking for days. I can't imagine a more heart-felt and life-altering story.
MissMinnieMegan More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story. The emotional depth behind the main characters is stunning. I love the elements of crushing guilt, miscommunication, and sexual frustration that are constant in Delaney and Decker's relationship. This is not the typical love triangle of the sweet best friend and the mysterious new guy fighting for the attention of a girl. There are so many elements to the relationships going on in this novel that there are no expected conclusions. The riveting action began from page one and did not falter even at the last page. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely amazing. I read it in one day because I couldn't put it down. The drama and details leaves you stunned. I found some mystery too. I left a little question in your head until you finished the book. The romance and tension between all the couples and friends makes you feel like you are them. You can relate somehow and understand all their feelings. I don't however recommend it to kids under 13 or 14. They do say some language that kids don't need to hear at that age. -H
RomilyBernard More than 1 year ago
I've read plenty of mainstream thrillers and suspense, but this was my first YA thriller. I really loved it! In fact, I thought I would just read a few chapters and go to bed, but I ended up powering straight through because it kept me so hooked. Would definitely recommend it!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I must say that this book had a whole other take than what I thought. I was able to step into the world easily and finding myself piecing together clues before I knew it. What I liked most about this book is the plot line. Filled with a great plot that keeps the reader hyped up and eager to read more. I love that it is also weaved in with a realistic looked at death. Not many of have us have experience death and live to tell the tale. I liked that it gave a whole new picture to what happens if you come back. I like that the main character started off naive but quickly caught on to the real story. She is strong yet resourceful. Delaney is one of those girl who is smart and beautiful. I loved that she didn't think about herself but she thought of others as well. The love interest is quite complicated but soon it all made sense. I knew something was off at first and well I'm sorry it ended that way. Fracture is a great story that has many secrets, desires, and what is expected to do. The breaking of rules, changing of others people lives is overflowing on this book. Consistent with great characters, plot and a paranormal trait that holds the reader, Fracture is an amazing read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. I was hooked from the beginning to the end of the book. I love that in the beginning the story jumps into action. Delaney is a sweet girl and her best friend is I. Love with her. But of course there are twists and turns. Delaney finds out that her and troy have the same unique power to sense when someone is about to die. It broke my heart when delaney' s friends were mad at her for surviving compared to how carson died of a siesure attack. Buy this book!!! Seriously!!
Falln2books More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to love this book. The concept was intriguing, and when I saw it in the library, I snatched it up, ran home, and started reading it right away. Unfortunately, that little bit of excitement I had from finding it at the library finally was the only exciting part of this whole experience. The book just fell flat. The plot was flat, the characters were flat, the supposed mystery was flat, the "action" was flat, the "romance" was flat. Flat, flat, flat. *yawn* My first problem with this novel is that every character was a self-centered, stupid jerk. Decker was the worst friend ever. I wouldn't have been friends with him. But Delaney was a pushover, so that was fine. And Delaney, who was supposed to be sooo smart, if a little fat (which apparently made her hot, according to her... though she complained about it all the time but refused to work out - basically doing as much damage as an anorexic character would because not being active at all is unhealthy, too), keeps doing stupid, bratty things. She storms off in the middle of a freezing cold forest after drowning and almost freezing to death, for instance. She's just stupid. Carson is a manwhore, but that's okay and everyone loves him. However, Delaney judges Tara constantly because she's a whore. Sexual double-standard much? I mean sure, she's probably just jealous, but still. Very catty. Troy was also stupid, and I still don't know what his issue actually was. Anyway, moving on. The pacing was slow-as-molasses, and the supposed suspenseful parts weren't at all suspenseful. There really was no big mystery, and for such a unique idea, the plot was extremely predictable. The romances were all annoying, and of course, motivated by self-centered reasons. Needless to say, this was not a feelgood book. I spent most of the novel hating everyone and being bored. I asked myself on more than one occasion if it was over yet. Turns out it wasn't. Also, the ending didn't answer any questions really. I mean sure, one thing happened, but it didn't answer a question. It was just an action that had occurred several times before and led to various forms of disaster. So what would happen this time? Well, no one knows. A few things were tied up, but at the end I was left with two feelings: "This is very ambiguous" and "so what? This book did not speak to me at all." All of that being said, Miranda's writing was fairly good and the idea itself was a unique and interesting one. I just feel that it wasn't executed as well as it could have been. I will try another one of Miranda's books because I feel that she does have talent. It just wasn't fully utilized in this book, I think. I'm sure some people will love this book, and it didn't have a lot of the annoying YA trends like insta-love or superhero vampires. It just didn't work for me. I'd say check this one out from the library before buying it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this book the main character dies..... Then is a miracle and comes back to life Her old life is ruined.... And her new life is not any better She knows what others dont.... When a lifes about to end But doesnt know what to do... Till she begins to loose more than she has Then maybe... She'll realize it doesnt all have to be bad This is only a four star for me because i found myself really.starting to like the book 60% in, but altogether a good read! If you liked this try Wintergirls Clarity Wake and Hereafter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! It is a must read! Plus i love Decker! And i wanted to kill Troy! TRUST ME! READ IT!!!!!!!!<3'd it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved the book! It's amazing and in ways makes see things differently. I wish for a sequal!
EmilyRoseanna More than 1 year ago
I loved it! It was one of the best books I read. Man, was Troy crazy, or what? If he isn't I must be losing it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It has a great story line. Recommended for anyone looking for a new book to read.
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amydelrosso More than 1 year ago
"What would you do if you only had one day left to live?" There is no doubt that Fracture is one of the most unique stories that I've read in a long time. Author Megan Miranda takes best friends, Decker and Delaney and builds something mysterious and magical. Fracture is a story about friendships, family and being there for one another. Learning who to trust and not to trust - even when it's yourself. When a tragic accident leaves Delaney in a coma for six days she has to rebuild her entire world upon waking up. She is the strange phenomenon, even the doctors can't figure it out. Tension has built between her and Decker so intense that they barely speak. Delaney is keeping to herself. Everyone is having a difficult time dealing with her accident and recovery. If she will recover. And she's keeping secrets. From everyone. Can there really be a medical explanation for all of the strange things that are happening? If so, can Delaney ever get her parents to believe it and if she can will Delaney be able to believe it herself ? Will Decker and Delaney ever be the same? Fracture is emotional and suspenseful with every page leaving you gasping at something new. Megan Miranda has written a fantastic novel with a realistic setting. -From the Authors Note: When I started researching for Fracture, I came across a 1963 article in Time magazine ("Therapy: Life After Drowning," May 31, 1963) about a boy who drown in a frozen river. There's no evidence to know exactly how long he was there, but it's safe to say it was quite a long time. After extraordinary resuscitation measures, he seemed to recover, but then relapsed days later. It appeared that his brain had been damaged beyond repair. And then six weeks later, he began to recover. Almost completely. If people typically recovered from something like this, it would not be news. And even though I am a person who claims to find comfort in the predictable, the expected, these are the stories I'm drawn to: The almost miracles. The flukes. And I don't think I'm alone in that. Fracture is a powerful and engaging thriller. Megan Miranda has written a passionate debut. In my opinion it is a must read.
taleofnight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Delaney was without oxygen for 11 minutes. She should be dead. But she's alive. She's a miracle that nobody understands. Now Delaney has to learn how to go on with her life, and figure out why she is drawn to the dying. I wanted to read this book because of the science behind it. I've heard of people dying out in the cold, but then coming back to life and apparently the extremely cold temperatures had something to do with it. It's all very fascinating to me. And while the book did have some science behind it and wondering how Delaney wasn't brain dead, it's definitely not the focus. I really enjoyed the story. It had its creepy moments, which I was very happy to find out and wasn't expecting at all. Through the last half of the book my face was basically stuck in this position O_ODelaney and Decker's relationship is one that makes you want to shake both of them and to tell them to just kiss all ready. I love those kinds of relationships! Troy added a whole new level to the book. Like Delaney, he was also attracted to the dying. Delaney couldn't figure him out the whole book, and neither could I. He was sweet one moment and then extremely creepy the next. This book is also very deep. Delaney tries to twist her weird ability into something so she can help the dying by telling them to do whatever they would do if they only had one day to live. Everybody mentioned in the book is effected in someway by Delaney's accident and it's a get's very crazy at times. And at some points I was thinking that Delaney really has gone crazy from the accident, but then she would recover and go one with her day. I was not expecting this book to be so emotional, which I probably should have considering the main character dies, but you know.Overall, I really liked this story and was taken by surprise by everything, in a good way!
BornBookish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Megan Miranda writes an eerie and thrilling debut! This book surprised me in a lot of different ways, all of which were good. It was a lot more on the suspense/thriller side of things than I expected. I haven¿t read a book like this in a long time. The pacing was perfect, there was never a dull moment. Each heart-pounding minute was wonderful. I was able to guess the big shocker before it happened, which was too bad but I still felt Delaney¿s shock along with her when she found out.I loved Decker, hated Troy, and tolerated Delaney.The book is from Delaney¿s POV, the character who pretty much drove me crazy. She kept all of her feelings bottled up inside and never said what she wanted to. She also made a lot of stupid decisions. Like going home with Troy after she had only spoken to him twice ever. ¿Oh you want to take me home to your apartment?¿ ¿Okay why not.¿ I mean seriously?!Troy was beyond creepy. He freaked me out from the first moment he entered the picture. He was basically stalking Delaney but she just ignored it and hung out with him anyway.Decker was super sweet. You could tell how much he cared for Delaney from the get go. He risked his life to save her, waited by her bedside everyday, and then sobbed when she woke up.The romance and relationships in this book were really frustrating. Decker & Delaney both have feelings for each other but neither one of them wants to admit it. In the meantime they both went around seeing other people. Agh! So annoying.Every book you read now-a days is part of a trilogy or some other number of books. It was so refreshing to read a book where the story actually wrapped up with a satisfying ending. I look forward to seeing more books from this author!
WilowRaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My thoughts:It's been hard for me to classify this book. It's not purely devoid of the paranormal but at it's core it's more a story of love, friendship and hope then it is a freaky tale of things unknown. Delaney should be dead. Her doctors are stumped, her family is on edge and her best friend is a mess. Everyone is treating her differently. She feels different and soon she begins to fear that dying actual did change her. There is something wrong. Very very wrong. And the only one who seems to be ale to help is the mysterious Troy. A boy that in all good conscience, Delaney should stay far away from. But she can't. He's the only one who knows her secret and the only one she thinks can help. That is as least until Troy's true colors are revealed and then things start to get really interesting.A bit of a roller-coaster of a ride at times, I found myself unable to put Fracture down. This unexplained 'gift' that Delaney finds herself with is just that - unexplained. We never really get a full explanation as to why it is these things are happening to her. I don't think this lack of closure, however, took anything away from the story.My absolutely favorite thing about this book is the character Decker, Delaney's best friend. OMG I love him! His loyalty and his love for Delaney and the way his heart almost breaks in two because of everything that happened and is happening - OMG I love him! Did I say that already? Needs to be said twice ;)Final verdict:Fans of paranormal YA will love this one, fans of YA romance will love this one but I also think that readers who don't usually read paranormal stories would really love this one as well. The weird and unexplained elements are subtle and at the core of Fracture is a story of friendship and love, not of strange and unusual happenings. It's both these elements, the abnormal and the realistic that drew me in.A fantastic debut! Megan Miranda is on my watch list and I can't wait to read more from her in the future.
mt256 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Delaney Maxwell died. She died and through the miracle of modern medicine she also lived. However things are different than they were before. Many strange unexplained things start to happen to her. At first she thinks it might be from the trauma she suffered but things don't add up. Everyone around her is acting differently since her accident including her best friend, Decker Phillips. Everything really starts getting complicated when she meets a strange boy named Troy.Fracture by Megan Miranda has a slow start. It wasn't until a few chapters into the book when I really started connecting with the characters and story. This story is different from a lot of the books for young adults out there. Delaney comes back from the dead. That evokes a whole thought process of 'why me?', and 'What does it mean?'. Fracture also covers themes such as death, letting go, relationships and more. Delaney has a great deal to think about in this novel. She goes through quite a bit trying to figure out what the right thing to do is. If she can change what's meant to be. There is an interesting and deep aspect to this book. It really speaks to the heart and conscious. However I can't tell you more without spoiling it for you. The story line has a slow start but picks up and then takes off. There is also mystery, romance, and a little teen angst included in this book. The mystery aspect really made this book a page turner. Overall I like this book and would recommend it.
DamarisGCR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fracture was a very good read. I really enjoyed it and wish that it was a little bit longer. But for such a small book, it is packed with lots of things. At the very beginning Megan Miranda manages to make my mouth hang. I am not sure if we can say Fracture is really paranormal or more mystery suspense, but it will definitely give you goosebumps and keep you at the edge of your seat. I guess you can say it's a little bit of both.Delaney should have died, but she didn't. She was under water way longer than normal and still managed to survive and snap out of it as if nothing happened. Only she didn't come back the same. She feels different and some how drawn to certain people. Her whole family believes she is losing her mind but they refuse to admit it. Delaney can't really explain what is happening to her because she has no clue. Not even to her best friend Decker, who saved her life that day. I truly feel that Fracture was a well thought out story. Everything made sense and not once did I find myself lost or wondering how this or that happened. Megan Miranda also has a way with words when it comes to describing emotions. I felt so bad for Delaney's best friend, Decker. I can feel his pain through the pages and all his guilt and blame. I also really liked Delaney. She was just your average teenager, only she hung with the popular crowd and got the attention of popular guys. That was a nice change for me. The only issue I had was the ending. It just seemed sort of rushed and to EASY. It ended on a good note and left room for possibly a second book, but I would have liked a little more. Fracture is very suspenseful and unpredictable. I am very eager to see what Megan Miranda has in store for us next. I really like her writing style and way of story telling. I can easily see Fracture becoming a series. I definitely recommend this story.4 out of 5 Stars!
lilcrickit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fracture grabs hold of your heart right from the beginning, and I enjoyed it. This book was so emotional, and it shows how one event can have a ripple effect on others lives. Delaney comes out the coma, different broken, fractured pieces of herself, no longer the Delaney that they once knew but the Delaney that is yet known. She is alive but wrong at least to her family, and even to herself she is changed from her life and death situation. She has these tremors that she realizes is death drawing her near, which sounds like some sort of seizure. Troy,was a scary character, he was so lost in his own grief and believed what he was doing was justified. Delaney's mother made me angry at times in how she dealt with the Delaney. However, my favorite part of the book was the friendship between Decker and Delaney, it was true, heartwarming and very believable. Overall, this was an great read that will make you feel many emotions about love, loss, hope, friendship, death and life.Favorite Quote: "Death is finite. Unless it's not. In which case it wasn't death in the first place. Just an absence of life."Cover Review: Absolutely love it! I love reflections in photography.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The number 11 seems to be a magical number, and when Delaney miraculously survives 11 minutes of ice-cold death, surely nothing would ever be the same. Her best friend Decker keeps his distance, even though it is obvious that their friendship had been on the edge of something more. Her parents, still in shock of almost losing their daughter, keep a close eye on Delaney to make sure nothing else goes wrong. And all Delaney wants is to feel normal again, but something dark haunts the recesses of her mind. Is Delaney dreaming, or does death seem to be following her footsteps? No one seems to be listening to her except the mysterious Troy Varga, but desperate as Delaney is to figure out the truth, should she place all her trust in Troy?Fracture is a feast for the curious and those who enjoy a big, bad bump in the night! It might have started with a medical anomaly, but Megan Miranda spiced it up with the perfect dash of weird that will leave readers frantically turning pages to unravel the mystery of Delaney¿s survival and Troy's strange presence. The writing might have felt a little slow at times, but picture it like the ice pond that Delaney must have been standing on. One thin crack may seem harmless enough, but when it leads to more cracks to the point of one BIG crack in the ice, be prepared for an cold and dangerous dip in the pool! Fracture reminds me of choker - I went into it without knowing too many details and was simply blown away with its simple yet unexpected story concept.
PaigeB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
OMG! I'm only 15 and i'm pretty sure i just had my first heart attack. Well not exactly my first because this book gave me many! To start off i'd just like to say i really liked the book and i couldn't put it down but man did it hurt. I'm the kind of reader that feels the pain of every character. There was so much pain in this book and i felt every bit of it. Megan Miranda i have to say is a fantastic writer because i only cry over a few books and this book broke me down to tears a few times. At first i wasn't exactly sure like what kind of plot the book would have but I'm glad that she wasn't in the hospital in a coma the whole time because that would of just been really boring. Delany was a really strong character i mean come on she survived falling through the ice into a lake and she was under for 11 minutes!! That's a miracle right there! But she stayed incredibly strong throughout the whole book even when she thought she couldn't handle it anymore because she couldn't figure out what was wrong with her she was still strong and made it through! Now there a three guys in this book that at times i loved at times i wanted to just kill and times i just wanted them to shut up and kiss Delany! First there's Mr. Hero Decker. Now I'm just saying i wanted Decker and Delany to be together from the start and i didn't change my mind fully throughout the whole book. I might have had some stray thoughts and moments where i just wanted to punch him in the face but i knew that he was the only one for her no matter what. Troy i did like him even though i didn't want them to be together partly because i wanted her to be with Decker and partly because Troy is just plan crazy i mean look what he does at the end! There were times when i said to myself it's okay he's just helping he's being a good guy and then there were times where i just felt like going into the book and pushing him in the lake myself. Lastly theres Carson =( Now in the beginning chapters he doesn't seem like much but people seriously pay attention to him while you read because before you know it he'll be gone and you'll be missing him. What happened to him i won't say because it's a spoiler but i have to say but that one part got a lot of tears out of me. Now on to the few girls in the story Delany's mom. I'm not quite sure if i really liked her just because she didn't seem to be all there i mean yeah i know you're parents were horrible and you almost lost your daughter but jeez i felt like she was just plan mean sometimes like when Delany dropped the sauce on the floor she freaked out on her and i felt so bad it was an accident =/ Next theres Kara may i just clarify this now I HATE HER!!!! thats all i have to say. Lastly Janna she was a really good friend to Delany the whole book and even though she kind of lost it in the end she was still a very good person. Well i'm really glad i got a chance to read Delany's story and i hope everyone out there does because it's really an amazing story it might not be truly written about someone but it felt real and thats all i need for a book to be good. Which is why i gave this book a solid 5 stars i overlooked the heart attacks because this book how can i say this? I guess it just really touched me and no other book has before. I know cheesy right? I think i've been reading too much!
AnnieMod on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meet Delaney Maxwell - she is 17 years old, on her way to become the valedictorian of her class and to have her bright future. Until the day she dies. No, it is not a novel about zombies, ghosts or anything like that. Delaney falls in the lake after the thin ice crumbles and spends 11 minutes in the icy water. Luckily for her there is someone, her childhood friend Decker, that does not give up on her so she is pulled back and revived. And all seems normal... except the strange pulls she is feeling. It takes her a long time to figure them out (longer than I would have expected - it was clear what was going on very fast) but when she does, she is scared. And she is 17. So she manages to make the usual mistakes - goes out with the wrong guy (except that he is dangerous), alienate the boy she loves, scare her parents and behave as any other 17 years old girl. She is the narrator of the novel and we see things from her eyes which accounts for a lot of the things that a more mature person would recognize immediately and she does not - maybe even for not recognizing the pull. And if coming back with the freaky powers is not enough, someone actually tries to make her look even worse. And with her naivete she allows him. A dead friend brings everything back into focus - and allows the story to unravel.The rest of the main characters are almost the same age - somewhere there between the innocence and the adult world. Of course the parents are also there and then there is Troy (mysterious and unknown) - but even if they are central to the plot and the action, it is Delaney and Decker and their friends that are the protagonists here. And at the end of the day, it is the good old story about first love - sweet, innocent and at the same time tainted by what had happened. It's the old dance we all had seen - girl loves boy, boy loves girl but something is in the way. And at the same time it is a story about friendship and about the transition between childhood and adulthood - under weird circumstances but all of the characters need to grow up.A bit naive, a bit predictable (as most YA books) - but the style pulls the book through. Way too often it was clear what will happen but I kept reading for the details. I suspect that someone in their teens will appreciate it a bit more - because the experience coming with the years is adding a layer of understanding that robs a bit of the charm of the novel. But despite that I still recommend it - if you are in the mood for a light read (and you do not mind death and a touch of supernatural in your reading)
Dukiebri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you only had one day left to live, what would you do? Delaney Maxwell never got a chance to answer that question. In the span of eleven minutes, she found herself trapped underneath ice, unable to breathe, and eventually dies. However, against all odds, her heart starts to beat again and she regains consciousness after six days in a coma. But she has not emerged completely unscathed. She now has the ability to tell when people are going to die. In fact, she is drawn to them. She eventually meets a boy, Troy, with abilities similar to hers, and he has her questioning her mentality and morality of life and death. All the while, relations with her family become strained, and her friendship with Decker turns rocky as they try to sort out their feelings for one another. All these problems have Delaney really examining her own life and what it means to be given a second chance. My favorite thing about this book was how deep it was. It delves into the complexity of the human mind, and it really made me wonder. The brain requires ~20% of our daily energy, and it basically controls all functions and senses, so how is it we use so little of it? How it is possible for people to see feelings as colors or have a sense of when someone is about to die? There is so little known about the brain, and I like how Miranda asks these questions and made me think. Something else I loved was how Delaney thinks about what it really means to be alive. By defying all odds and surviving her accident, she constantly wonders why she is alive and what it means to really die. No one knows what awaits us after death, but instead of fearing the unknown, we should live every day like it was our last. Miranda expresses these thoughts and ideas magically, and I loved reading them. There was also a wide range of emotions present in this book: guilt, love, fear, sadness, happiness. These emotions were deeply compelling, and they moved me beyond words. They were clearly expressed, and this book was all kinds of beautiful and heart-wrenching. I have two (minor) problems with this book: the ending and the character development. I liked the characters for the most part, but I did not fall in love with any of them. I feel like Troy especially got the short end of the stick. Mysterious, depressed, captivating Troy was the most interesting character in the book, in my opinion. However, I did not like what happened to him in the end. (view spoiler) Also, Tara was not needed. Her sole purpose in the book was to serve as a love interest/rival wedging her way between Delaney and Decker. There were plenty of other characters with that role, so her presence was more of an annoyance than an addition. Now onto the ending. I felt like it was too abrupt, and I still have quite a few questions. (view spoiler) The book ends (view spoiler), but there were so many other issues that were never resolved. I would have liked something a little more conclusive, but I will have to take what I can get. There has been no mention of a sequel for this book, but I am hoping for one! Overall, this was an excellent debut from Miranda. This book is thought provoking, original, and intelligent, and even without strong characters or romance, it is thus far one of the better reads of 2012. You should not miss out on it! There is also an exclusive tie-in story out, called Eleven Minutes. It is told from Decker¿s point of view, and I am excited to check out his version of the story!
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales Quick and Dirty: This book is not what you expect, and left me pleasantly haunted by the reality Miranda brings to the character of Delaney Maxwell. Opening Sentence: The first time I died, I didn¿t see God. The Review: I really enjoyed Fracture, Megan Miranda¿s debut novel about a girl who has unexplainable sensations about those who are near death. Delaney Maxwell is a normal teenager, average on all counts. That is, she was a normal teenager before falling through thin ice on a lake and technically died before being pulled out by her oldest and best friend, Decker. When she wakes up from her coma, Delaney starts experiencing a strange phenomena that leads her to people who are about to die. If this isn¿t odd enough, her brain also appears to be damaged, but she is able to function as well as she did before the accident. What makes this particular plot interesting to me was that the author, Megan Miranda, was a scientist and also interested in scientific mysteries that focused on the brain. Not only does this novel have an interesting premise, but it also has the writing to back it up. The characters felt very real, and the story is still haunting me in a good way. I know I like a book if I want to immediately reread it as soon as I finish. The character of Delaney is handled very well. This is a girl who has gone through a life and death experience and out the other side, only to experience a shocking and frightening new ability that has no solid medical explanation. She is obviously traumatized, but still strong enough to deal with her new death sense without completely dissolving into madness. Not only does she have her recent death to deal with, Delaney is also stuck in a bit of a love triangle with her best friend Decker. Having known enough teenage guys, I also feel that Decker is well written. He is confused by his emotions and does not always make his intentions and feelings clear to Delaney, hurting her in the process by choosing another girl over her. Decker and Delaney have grown up together, and Delaney is interested in him as more than a friend if he ever noticed enough to acknowledge it. Their relationship has depth and meaning, and reminded me of the various social interactions that shape all relationships in their own way. What I mean is that it felt very real to me to read about Delaney and Decker growing apart, and how that affected them both. Delaney meets another person who has the same extra sense as her. The character of Troy is an interesting twist to the story because finally Delaney finds one person who can actually understand what she is going through, but he also has a warped sense of what is right and wrong in the world. The first time I read this story, I felt that Troy changed quickly, but the second time through, all the warning signs of his mental instability were there. As I was reading the book again, I felt just as betrayed as Delaney did when she finds out the truth about Troy. This book was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, which goes to show how well written it is. The novel itself is fairly short when compared to other books of the genre, but the pacing felt very real, almost as if the reader is living along side Delaney. My only comment on that is how quickly Troy inserts himself into Delaney¿s life without calling too much attention to himself. One could almost say he leaves her life as quickly as he entered it. Another thing that I liked was how Megan Miranda includes instructions on how to save someone who has fallen through ice. Having never lived somewhere that got cold enough to have lakes or ponds freeze, this information was very useful to me personally. I like learning something new from any book I read. This also drove home just how lucky Delaney was to be saved from the icy depths of the lake. I enjoyed Fracture, and am looking forward to what Megan Miranda writes in the future. Notable Scene: Dad came home way before dinner in a very