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ARC Review: Fracture


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Release Date: January 17, 2012
Publisher: Walker/Bloomsbury
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal/Contemporary Romance
Source: NetGalley
Special: 2012 Debut Author Challenge
Rating: Sud Kissed
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About the Book:
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.
The first time I died, I didn't see God. No light at the end of the tunnel. No haloed angels...

I'm not exactly certain why my brain repelled the idea of reading this book. It was like all the stress from this past week was being pinned onto this book and I instantly took several steps back. But when I finally hunkered down and started reading, I wanted to slap myself into a stupor for being so irrationally reluctant. A blend of two of my favorite genres, Fracture hit high scores for both its paranormal and contemporary facets. Anna at Anna Reads described it perfectly by connecting it to both The Body Finder and If I Stay, because that's one of the best ways to epitomize the sadness, guilt, and Delaney's miraculous recovery permeating the story.

The mystery of Delaney's unexplainable retraction from death kindles questions in our heads that we can't ignore while reading about her return to her once normal life. Our hearts go out to this young girl who was once carefree and happy, her only concern resting on where to hide during a game of manhunt while donning a bright red parka in the snowy white of her world, and who now has the role of the miraculous guilt-ridden survivor of a horror that has killed so many before her. What makes me so special? is her on-going dilemma that begins to fester and block out what's really important--like how her best friend has feelings that don't belong in someone who's just a friend. This survivor's guilt plagues her, and the sadness disarms us, clogs our throat as a result. Even when her guilt and sadness vaporizes her sense at times, we're subtly persuaded to sympathize with her, and all those around her who suffer alongside her.

Fracture is told entirely from Delaney's perspective, but the easygoing, simplistic connection running from us to Decker provides us with such insight into his feelings. Unlike half-done, far less appealingly written friendships, it's abundantly clear how well these two characters know each other, how deeply embedded they are into each others' lives. Their romantic spark just adds another delightful layer to their relationship, although at times we want to pull our hair out from the understandable, yet totally frustrating one-step-forward-two-steps-back transition. Their moments run from wrenching to heartwarming, and it's so hard to determine which their next scene together will fall under. At the same time, this aspect is so well-written and agonizing and genuine, that we're pleased when hope flourishes for what they may have together.

I expected to hate this one and was stupidly amazed when I realized I didn't once I hit the end. If the opportunity to read something else of Megan Miranda arises again, I won't waste time with foolish doubts.

"Are you insane?" Decker looked me over.
"What?" I asked, hands on hips.
"You're not serious."
We were on our way to play manhunt. Most kids played in the dark, wearing black. We played in the snow, wearing white. Unfortunately, Mom had gotten rid of last year's jacket and replaced it with a bright red parka.
"Well I'd rather not freeze to death," I said.
"I don't know why I bother teaming up with you. You're slow. You're loud. And you're target practice."
"You team up with me because you love me," I said.
Decker shook his head and squinted. "It's blinding." (1%)


roro said...

tnx 4 the review
i want it badly

LoriStrongin said...

I've heard mixed reviews on this one, mostly about the characterizations. But I've also heard that Delany and Decker's friendship is one of the more memorable ones in YA lit, so I think this is going to just be one of those I need to read for myself. :)


Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

awesome review, I just finished this one too, it was very interesting!!

A. Knight said...

Roro- It was a really enjoyable read. One I'd definitely reread.

Lori- Delaney and Decker's relationship totally consumed my focus above all else.

Carrie- Wasn't it? I'm looking forward to what Miranda whips up next.

Liz. R said...

I enjoyed this one as well! I agree the romance was totally frustrating (but in a good way). My only problem was the ending, I felt like not enough was explained. Great review, glad you liked it!

Asher_Knight said...

I know! I was getting so mad at the pair of them and what they were doing each other, being stupid! I actually liked the ending very much xD

Raimy-rawr said...

Im glad you enjoyed this one, I definitely did too! :D 

Asher_Knight said...

It was pretty cool. I was interested to see how the brain damage aspect factored in, but I thought it was awesome that it didn't focus on a supernatural front. It was more contemporary than anything. DECKER + DELANEY= <33 *lol*