Monday, 9 January 2012

Review: Fracture by Megan Miranda

Megan Miranda
Publication date: 17th Jan 2012
My rating: 4 out of 5

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?

Fracture is a thought provoking, different but very readable debut from Megan Miranda. I was pretty keen to read it as it counts towards two of my 2012 challenges and I'm all about the challenges right now! After seeing quite a few good reviews Fracture jumped right to the top of my to be read pile and it didn't disappoint.

Although it started off quite slowly Fracture literally took off a third of the way in, and in a completely different direction from where I assumed it was heading. Basically Delaney is pulled out of the frozen water after 11 minutes and should be by rights dead. However, when she comes out of her coma she appears completely normal despite her CT scan showing severe damage to her brain. Delaney soon realises however that something is not quite right. She finds herself experiencing a strange pulling sensation which draws her towards people that are actually dying. I thought Fracture did a wonderful job of showing that we don't exactly know how all of the brain works, is Delaney's new weird ability a result of her accident or is it something more sinister?

Fracture has a lot going on in it. It has was what initially seemed like the standard love triangle between Delaney, her BFF Decker and Troy and how the path from friendship to love is never a smooth one but then there's a delightful twist in the tale as Troy's character develops. I loved how Troy's family history came into play and lead to the theme of euthanasia which was a really interesting and thought provoking development and really took me by surprise.

Ultimately, Fracture is both hopeful and sad, thought provoking and a little bit different from your run of the mill YA stories. I would liked to have maybe seen more of how Delaney reconciles with her friends, but overall I really enjoyed it. Great debut from Megan Miranda.


  1. Aww yay I'm glad you liked it. I really enjoyed this

  2. @ Nat - It was kinda different but good different wasn't it?


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