Friday, January 27, 2012

Book Review: Fracture by Megan Miranda

Published: January 17, 2012
Publisher: Walker
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 264 pages

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 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? 

"A gripping tale that grabbed my attention and shook me to death with its incredible elements. So far, it's the best book I've read this year." 

In Fracture, I honestly expected to like it, but not love it. But now, I'm utterly in love with this book. This book is a masterpiece beyond belief. 

Delaney fell through ice at a Maine lake. She was trapped in the lake for eleven minutes after her best friend, Decker, left her behind. Her heart had stopped pumping blood. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. But then, Decker came back for her. He pulled her out and gave her CPR, ultimately shattering a few of her ribs. Then after being in a coma, she came back to life. She seemed perfectly normal, even though brain scans show tons of brain damage.

But while in the hospital, strange things start to happen in her brain. Her brain began to throb and pulled her into a room with a man dying. When this keeps repeating, she fears that something supernatural is occurring inside her head. When she then meets a nineteen-year-old named Troy Varga who has the same abilities, she starts to feel some calm about this odd situation. But when she finds out what exactly are Troy's intentions with this unnatural mind, she fears for her life -- and everybody in her small town.

This book was phenomenal. Megan Miranda's voice was powerful and outstanding. This is the type of book I would shove in a random stranger's face and force them to read it. Yeah. It's that good -- incredible.

First, the characters. They're unbelievable. They're so good and so real. And none of them are whiny! I can believe the actions they commit and do whatever they may do -- even with Delaney's freaky abilities! The way that Miranda gave them their voices made me take a double take -- because it's just amazing! Megan Miranda is one of the only authors in the YA genre who can actually make a believable and great character.

Next, the writing style. Ahh!!! It was mind-blowing! I'm not sure how, but Megan Miranda made me actually believe that Delaney had these freak of nature abilities. The words flowed easily off the page, with a good language of words that kept me and flipping pages all night long!

And finally, the novel itself. Incredible. Outstanding. Unique. Brilliant. Awesome. That's how I feel about Fracture. Do yourself a favor! Read. This. Book. This is one of those books that changed my YA Literature life. I will recommend this to anybody from now on. Please, read this. You won't regret it. :D

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