Fracture Paperback – 5 Jan 2012
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A seductive yet chilling thriller about life after death
About the Author
Megan Miranda studied Biology and Anthropology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she twice won a coveted award for research in Bioengineering. This is Megan's first novel. She lives in North Carolina, USA, with her husband and two young children.
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Delaney Maxwell is a wonderful character; I really liked her. She has a very down to earth personality, but I felt that I would have liked a bit more character development for her, as she didn't seem to have the reactions a normal human would have done in her situation i.e. anger, grief, sadness etc. She is a normal teen, enjoying a day out with friends when a freak accident brings her life crashing around her ears. What happened to her during those eleven minutes beneath the ice?
I started to read this book, and did not put it down until I had finished it five hours later. I found myself completely enthralled by the story. I have read about, and watched documentaries of real life stories of people who have had a similar (but not the same) experience; it is a miracle that those people escaped the jaws of death with only some or very little in the way of damage caused by the extreme cold. Others have not been so lucky.
The heroine in this story is a walking, talking miracle in her own right. Being "dead" for eleven minutes has given Delaney the ability to be able to detect when someone is about to die. I'm not sure if this is a curse or a gift in Delaney's eyes, as I feel the author didn't go into enough depth about this, which gave the character an ambivalent feel. Her reactions felt wishy-washy and not strong enough. Where was the anger? The fear? If I was the one affected, I'm sure I would have had tantrums or be totally scared out of my mind and be a snotty mess. Delaney didn't have hysterics, but carried on as if it was normal to have this ability. Personally, I think she took it too calmly.
Troy Varga is a very enigmatic character. I couldn't make up my mind as to whether he is a good guy who is emotionally damaged by his "gift/curse" and makes bad choices, or the bad guy; his actions were dubious at best, and murderous at worst.
I did, however, find myself liking Delaney's friend and next door neighbour, Decker. He may act like an idiot at times, but he has a good heart and I fell a little in love with him myself.
The story is full of twists and turns, with lots of suspense as to who Troy is and what he wants with Delaney. There is also a few shocking moments, and one scene containing Carson which had me in tears. Therefore, a tissue may be required for some readers. I did find the scene prior to the ending a bit of a let down, as I didn't expect it to end in that way. However, I can understand why Troy did what he did, even though I don't agree with the way he went about it. I love Delaney's and Decker's growing relationship, even though there were a few sticky moments where angst got in the way; I am glad that they managed to sort out their issues.
Megan Miranda has written a wonderful debut YA romance novel. I did find some of the characters a bit lacking in development and needed fleshing out a bit more. Her writing style was fast paced enough to keep me hooked, but the flow was not as fluid as it could have been. However, I cannot say if these issues have been fixed since I read the original and not the re-released version. I am now looking forward to reading her other books, Hysteria and Vengeance, as soon as I can.
I recommend this book if you love YA romance novels full of mystery and suspense. - Lynn Worton
I'll start with what I loved about "Fracture". The characters were beautifully developed, it's great to be able to describe a character well after finishing the book and still have a little connection with how they felt and an understanding of their story. The problem I had was, although the characters were believable and I could imagine them as real people, I just didn't feel they were that new or unique. With the exception of Delaney, our leading lady, the other characters felt like any other Young Adult character plucked out of any other Young Adult book.
I could look past this though because the concept for the plot was a great one: Delaney Maxwell should be dead. She was dead. Until she wasn't anymore and the doctors declared her a miracle. So what's the big deal, story over right? Wrong. Delaney doesn't feel normal anymore, there's something not right, a pulling sensation towards certain people. And who is Troy? The mysterious boy who understands Delaney's "gift" and seems to know who she is? You'll have to read it to find out.
Overall, a really good idea with great potential. I loved that we almost begin to question ourselves (It reminded me a little of Jodi Picoults writing style in that sense). The romance between various characters was also quite interesting, and from Delaney's perspective it was even better. The problem I had, aside from the unoriginal characters which I could overlook, was that towards the end of the novel Delaney became annoying. She spiraled into a character almost unrecognisable from her original personality and I was left feeling disappointed by her decline. Otherwise, an interesting concept that I would gladly recommend.
Delaney is a likeable character- she's not overly popular or drop-dead-gorgeous, instead she's just a normal girl who finds herself in an increasingly disturbing situation, and I really liked Decker, who stuck with her through everything. I didn't find Troy as intriguing as I think he was intended to be.
I loved Ms. Miranda's writing style - clean and well balanced with good dialogue, and the whole story is well-paced.
Parts of Fracture are intense and emotional and the climax had me flipping furiously through the pages, but I really wish there had been more focus on the paranormal element (yeah, I just said that. Really!) which would have taken it from a good book to a great book.