Book Review: Fracture by Megan Miranda

Posted February 1, 2012 by Melissa in Book Review | 9 Comments


Title:  Fracture 
Author:  Megan Miranda
Reading level: Young Adult
Genre:  Paranormal 

Size: 262 pages
Release Date:  Jan 2012
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Stand Alone or Series: Stand alone
Source: NetGalley

First Line:  “The first time I died, I didn’t see God.” *

Summary (from GoodReads):

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?

Favorite Quote from the Book:

“I hadn’t known that a light could be a feeling and a sound could be a color and a kiss could be both a question and an answer. And that heaven could be the ocean or a person or this moment or something else entirely.” *

My Thoughts:

I wasn’t all too sure about this book when I started it…and I honestly was worried that I’ve been reading a bit too much YA lately.  But slowly the characters grew and the story developed and I found myself fascinated by the situation that Delaney woke up to and the mystery surrounding her, her “ability,” and Troy.  I needed to know what was going on and where Megan Miranda was leading us.

I found the characters of Delaney and her childhood friend Decker not only completely believable and charming but also very loveable.  The romance that blossomed between the two…despite the usual teen angst setbacks was sweet (and I always root for the “best friend.”)

The character of Troy was also compelling as well as a bit creepy.  What exactly was his deal?  What was Delany’s connection to him? Was he a hero, was he misguided or was he actually evil?

And ultimately what does it mean to be human, what does it mean to be alive and what would you do if you knew that you or a loved one only had one day left to live?  This book leaves you pondering these things… 

And deep down…at the end of it all…we all have a need to find these answers within ourselves.

Was it worth my Time? 

* Quotes taken from Advance Reader Copy and are subject to change.

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9 responses to “Book Review: Fracture by Megan Miranda

  1. I understand what you mean about sometimes feeling like you’ve been reading too many YA. I try to switch it up now and then to add a breath of fresh air.

  2. I’ve been reading more adult books this year and have found I’m not as satisfied with YA now and keep having a hard time getting into the ones I have. I WANT to read them, just have a hard time.

    I have Fracture sitting here. I just went to the authors signing last week and got some background on the book and whatnot that makes me eager to read it. I’m glad that you were able to get into it and enjoy it and hopefully I won’t have any problems!

  3. Anonymous

    This was a really good book. I’m usually not attracted to science- fiction fantasy novels, but this is my one exseption. What really caught me was the summary on the back of the book, you know the whole 11 minutes thing. I knew something had to be going on with Delaney and Decker, because usually best friends (guy and girl) develop a strong connection. Not all the time, but most of the time. Megan had me fooled with the whole Troy thing. I really thought he was a good one, but he was a psychological nut case. I think?

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