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[Book Review] - Fracture by Megan Miranda

Title: Fracture
   Author: Megan Miranda
   Series: #1 - Fracture
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: January 17th, 2012
   My Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0

      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?

     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.

My Review:

     That last line of the synopsis should be removed. I thought this book was a bit above an average read, but I didn't find this as emotional or inspiring as both Before I Fall and If I Stay. Yes this book made me think, and made me want to live, and be happy while I am still alive. However, there just wasn't that same personal attachment to the characters as before.

     Delaney, seemed to be this happy go lucky girl and afraid to try anything, but when her best friend and neighbor drags her out and unto a frozen lake everything changes. Her world goes completely upside down, when she falls into the lake and can't get out. Eleven minutes she is submerged in the lake, and beyond all odds and all scientific reason she lives. Her happy go lucky world changes.

     What I liked the most about this book wasn't the main character in fact, it was the other two off characters. Troy and Decker. Decker being her all time best friend, changes after her death, blaming himself for all her problems and her near death. What I would think is that after that experience he would be more protective of her, yet he goes against that and seems to distance himself.

     While Decker distances himself, Delaney finds Troy who claims to be like her. They both can see or feel when people are going to die shortly. Troy at first seems like a genuine character, that he has an overall interest in Delaney, yet as the book continues, Troy's persona twists and his true character unravels before Delaney. Troy is more twisted and his thought process on what to do with the "death visions" is so radical that I am not sure it is rightfully normal.

     Troy and Decker's completely different personas rightfully make this book interesting compared to Delaney, who is boring, and mildly childish. Delaney, is thought to be a miracle child and throughout the book she is viewed by her peers and classmates as that. Pity and sorrow is all that the teens view of her, and she hates it. She hates how her friends and family treat her, and most of all how Decker treats her. It is the lack of affection and twisting of Decker and her relationship that she turns to Troy.

     The issue I have with Delaney and the sole reason I hate her character was the fact she never did anything about how people viewed her at all. There was one scene, after a character's death that she was with, Delaney goes to his funeral and her sister yells at her, everyone looks at her as if she's some stranger. Ultimately Delaney ends up leaving the funeral, without a single word. It's this that I hate, she's so squelched and silent, that her own sorrow and how she is almost emo to a fault. I wish she would speak up, and have a voice.

     The end of this book was rather lackluster too, I anticipated it and nearly a third through the book I understood what was going to happen. The complete lack of character in Delaney nearly brought tears to my eyes, and if there was more time in this book to build her character better, give her a better personality, this could have gone further. Troy was predictable when you finally got to see inside of his head. There just isn't anything really to say about this book, other than it just barely above average.
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