Thursday, January 12, 2012

Book Review- Fracture

I finished reading Fracture by Megan Miranda late last night for Bloomsbury blog tour.

From Goodreads:

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.
There are going to be some little spoilers in this review...sorry.
Overall, I liked the premise of this story--a girl who comes back to life miraculously but can then tell when other people are dying.  But towards the end of the story, I was left feeling like there needed to be more.  And not more like there was a cliffhanger, because there wasn't.  But more as in there was a lot of stuff left out.
I mostly liked Delaney.  I liked that she was so smart and not ashamed of it.  I didn't like that she seemed to be cold to her friends (Decker often had to remind her to be nice.)  But for the most part, I liked her character.  But I wasn't too fond of either Decker or Troy.  I usually like the whole best-friends-turning-into-an-almost-relationship kind of thing.  But I didn't like the whole thing with him and Tara.  I get that guys will be guys, but he seemed a little too into her to be seriously in love with Delaney.  And Troy.  I didn't get him at all.  One second he seemed to be sweet and caring and the next he was just plain creepy. 
As far as the "more" part, I wanted to know more about what Troy did as far as the deaths.  That was never really delved into.  And I wanted to know more about why Delaney's friends were so cruel at the funeral.  Just because she was driving when Carson had a seizure doesn't mean that she had anything to do with it.  And I don't really think that any friends would think about wanting her to be the one dead instead of him.  And then the ending.  I was left with "huh"?  The whole scene on the ice with Troy and Delaney was wrapped up too quickly.  She could suddenly tell he was going to die even though it was him doing it to himself?  Or he guessed that he was sick and he knew the headaches was a symptom, but Delaney had headaches too, so what does that say about her?
So while I did like the idea of the story, I think it needed to be thought out more.  It was pretty short (the ARC I read was only  262 pages) so there could easily have been more added in.  And I have read some great reviews about the book, so you just might want to give it a try to see what you think.
I gave this book a rating of 3/5.

Fracture will be released on January 17, 2012.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2012 Reading Challenge 150+: 5
2012 ARC Reading Challenge: 5
2012 Debut Author Challenge: 1
2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge:4
Completely Contemp Challenge 2012: 2012-1
2012 Standalone Reading Challenge: 1
*FTC Disclosure: This book was given to me for free by Bloomsbury USA for a honest review.

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