Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Review: Fracture by Megan Miranda

by Megan Miranda
Publication Date: January 17th, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury/Walker
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780802723093

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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. (Goodreads)

If you enjoy books that are a bit on the darker side, you will definitely enjoy Fracture.

The main character in the story is Delaney, who somehow manages to survive underwater in a frozen lake for eleven minutes. She should technically be dead, but somehow manages to survive, thanks to her best friend, Decker, who pulls her out of the water and gives her CPR. After finally waking from a coma, she has a really strange side effect; she feels this constant pull towards people that are dying.

Let’s start off talking about Delaney. Wow, what an emotional mess this girl is. You have to feel for her, she has been through a lot. And not only she was affected by her falling into the lake, it affected everyone around her. She was constantly worried that people would think she was crazy if she opened up to them, but she never came across as crazy to me. I actually felt really bad for what she went through, and also for her parents.

I really liked Delaney’s best friend, Decker. He seemed to be a good guy. I do wish that he had been around more, especially when Delaney really needed him. I really think that might have helped her more with coping with all that was going on. I also felt that at times he picked their group of friends over her, and that did bother me a bit.

Troy, who has also survived being in a coma, appears out of the blue one day and introduces himself to Delaney. She thinks that Troy is someone that will understand her, because he also has the pull towards the dead that she has. Well, Troy turns out to be a mess all in his own. Talk about mysterious… Troy definitely had me a bit paranoid. I never really knew what to expect from him, he was definitely a bit freaky.

The plot for this book was very interesting, and the book was well paced. I definitely had to keep reading just to see where the author was going to take us next in the story. I just never could quite figure it out. Kudo’s to Ms. Miranda for keeping me in the dark! I do wish that there had been more info in the book on Why Delaney was feeling pulled towards the dying. I really wanted to read more on that, but there wasn’t a lot of information about it in the book.

Overall, if you enjoy darker type YA reads, you will definitely enjoy this book. I found it to be a quick, mysterious, enjoyable read.

Happy Reading!


  1. this has been on my wishlist, It sounds like a good book! great review! I am more in to dark stories too.


  2. I would have loved more information about Delaney's condition, too, or at least more closure at the ending. But besides that I really loved the mysterious and creepy feeling this book conveyed. Glad you liked it too! :)

    Great review again.

  3. Wow awesome review Christy! I definitely like darker books and these characters sound incredibly well written I can't wait to start this one!

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  4. I liked this book too. My review is going up in January.

    I totally agree about Delaney. I liked Decker a lot, even if sometimes he aggravated me.

    It was a darker read that I was expecting, and I enjoyed it immensely for much of the same reasons you gave.

    Great review, Christy!

  5. I definitely enjoy the darker reads with lots of emotions, so it seems like this would be a good fit for me! I can tell already from your review that I'll be wanting more info on why Delaney has the pull to the dead, but overall it seems like an enjoyable story. Awesome review Christy!

  6. Nice review! Personally, I love dark books. I love seeing characters in an emotional mess try to pull themselves together. Sounds awesome!

  7. This sounds like a really interesting read. I love that it's a darker read, different than the norm :-)

    Adding this one to my TBR list!

  8. The premise of this one is very intriguing and I do enjoy a well-written darker story. Both of those characters sound like hot messes! Might have to check it out.

  9. I kinda like that Troy had you paranoid.... I love when there's something mysterious and freaky about a character, but you're not entirely certain! Keeps you alert.

    Such an intriguing premise and I love that it has a 'darker' feel to it. Can't wait to read this one. Fantastic review!

  10. Oh, I love the sound of this and am definitely a fan of darker novels, so I'm definitely hoping I'll enjoy it. I've picked it up now and can't wait to see what I'll think! Great review.

  11. I have a galley of this one, but I haven't read it yet. But now I really want to! Glad to know that it's dark but good, I can always use one of those! :) Great review!

  12. Sounds like a interesting story. Heard great things about this book. Can't wait to read it. Great review.

  13. I like darker YA, so I enjoyed this one. I really liked Decker too! And Troy definitely creeped me out. I wished there was a bit more info on Delaney's ability as well, I felt it was a bit vague. But overall, it was a great book! Fab rreview, thanks :).


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