Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Publication Date: January 17, 2012
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.(copied from Goodreads)
What can you do in eleven minutes? I can drink a cup of coffee, check my email, but of Delaney Maxwell it the time she spent under the ice, the amount of time she was dead. Delaney should not have survived, and even if she did, she should be in a persistent vegetative state. Delaney is a miracle; besides heavy brain damage, she is alive without complications, well almost. She starts to notice a strange sensation pulling her to the dying. No one believes her, until she meets Troy Varga.
Troy Varga woke up from a coma, and had the same abilities. Delaney takes comfort knowing someone understands what is happening to her. Her relationship with Troy puts a strain on her friendship with Decker. Decker has been her best friend since kindergarten, the friend who pulled her from the water. I love the relationship between Decker and Delaney, even though it is a complicated one. Decker is the cute best friend, and who does not like the cute best friend.
While these books are not similar at all, I just could not help at certain points compare Delaney’s ability or compulsion that draws her to death to Kaylee’s from Soul Screamers just without the screaming. I think that Fracture is such an emotional, and thought provoking read. It is far more than I expected, and that is definitely a good thing. I really like how Megan Miranda explored how Delaney’s accident and recovery would affect the others around her, and Delaney herself.
I would have to say that this is one of my favorite reads so far this year! It is just a great book, which gets you thinking. What would you do if you only had one day left to live? This book is just the change of pace, and subject I needed. Sometimes you just have to switch it up a bit. I would recommend this to just about everyone who enjoys a great young adult book!
**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book from the NetGally and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**