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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

My Thoughts: Fracture by Megan Miranda

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. 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?

What an interesting little novel. I don't know what I was expecting when I started reading Fracture by Megan Miranda. The concept of the book was really interesting. I cannot imagine being caught under ice for one minute, never mind eleven minutes. The thought just stresses me out. Although, Fracture was an interesting novel, with AMAZING potential, there were a few things about it that just did not work for me. Mostly with the plot.

The main issue I had with Fracture was how rushed it felt. I feel like the novel needed another hundred pages. Miranda could have done amazing things in that hundred pages.

Delaney gets caught under some ice her best friend Decker pulls her out and some how miraculously she lives after being under water for eleven minutes. However, her survival is tainted by the fact that she is now inexplicably drawn to the dying. Freaky right? It gets better. She then meets Troy, who is also called to the dying. There are some major questions in that little synopsis, questions you would expect to be answered in a stand along novel. Unfortunately they were not.

That is what was missing in this novel. We never find out how Delaney was able to survive being under freezing water for eleven minutes. That is not explored at all, and we never find out why she is drawn to the near dead. Ever. It was so frustrating to come to the end of the novel and realize that I still had no idea what was going on, or what happened. It very disappointing.

Delaney's relationship with her mom was a little convoluted and fragmented. It needed a little more exploring as well. I did not understand some of the reasons her mother chose to do what she did. 

And then we have Troy. Was he a good guy, was he a bad guy. What was he? Who was he? UGHHH. So many questions.

With that being said, I still gave this book a four out of five stars on Goodreads. It's more of a 3.5, but meh. I enjoyed this book. I really did. I liked Delaney, and I really liked Decker. A lot. He was great. I love when guys and girls are best friends. Maybe it's because all my best friends have been guys, and I know that that kind of friendship is a special kind of relationship.

Overall, Fracture was an ok novel, but it needed a lot more development. Or at least a sequel to tie up the lost ends. Then it would be a perfectly thrilling novel.

~Happy Reading!

1 comment:

  1. I can get how someone would be able to survive under ice; the cold makes them go into a sort of hibernation state. It's pretty cool.
    It seems weird that the novel doesn't really go into the abilities though. Is it because she was close to death? Did she die? The blurb sounds like it hints at something. Maybe there's a sequel?

    I love girl/boy best friends. It's a little overdone but I honestly don't care because it can be so adorable!


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