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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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 147.32 x 218.44 x 25.4mm | 158.76g
  • WALKER & CO
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0802723098
  • 9780802723093
  • 322,028

About Megan Miranda

Megan Miranda was a scientist and high school teacher before writing Fracture, which came out of her fascination with scientific mysteries-especially those associated with the brain. Megan has a BS in biology from MIT and spent her post-college years either rocking a lab coat or reading books. She lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, where she volunteers as an MIT Educational Counselor. Fracture is her first novel.www.meganmiranda.comshow more

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** spoiler alert ** Title: Fracture Author: Megan Miranda Expected Publication Date: Jan. 17th 2012 Pages: 272 Publisher: Walker & Company My Rating: 5 out of 5 golden apples. Goodreads Synopsis: 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. My Thoughts: Let me start of by saying that I recieved this book via netgalley thanks to Walker & Company. The first time I saw this book on goodreads I hadn't heard much about it so I didn't add to my to-read list. Then I decided to come back and look closer, I read the synopsis which didn't hook me what-so-ever neither did the cover. So once again I decided this book wasn't for me. Then I saw it on goodreads and decided what the heck. Why miss out on an oppurtunity to read a book? So I requested it, added it to my to-read list, and read it. And I soon realized I was very, very wrong about Fracture. Delaney Maxwell is definitely the most complex character I've ever read about so far, but in a good way. I really loved diving into this book! I haven't read something like this since the Hunger Games! I mean a book that just grabbed me and wouldn't let me go until the very last word! This book was so intense that some parts I just couldn't continue without stopping and processing what I'd just read! Fracture really plays with your emotions! And it's characters are amazing! I loved it from start to finish and caught myself tearing up at some parts. Decker Phillips is the most amazing guy! He was there for Delaney, after the accident, in every way possible! He was so brave, and I'm just so glad he didn't give up on her when it seemed like everyone in her life had given up on her! I hate to say it but Delaney's Mom was a flake, and is well deserving of the position of most annoying character. Well, actually the Mom and Tara Spano tied for the position of most annoying character who I couldn't stand at times, and wished would just go away! Now Delaney's Dad was better, he seemed to be able to sympathize more with his daughter. I really hated it when Carson died. That was just sad, too sad. And Carson's sister was wrong for how she treated Delaney after his death. Yeah, I know she was grieving but there was nothing Delaney could've done for him! Before I end this review I of course, have to mention Troy Varga. He was a Freak with a capital F. Poor kid was so confused, I really did feel bad for him. I don't think he was a bad person, just a confused person trying to do what he thought was right. Either way, It's sad when anyone loses their life but it was Troy's time to go and he needed to go. So basically I rated Fracture five stars for it's ability to keep me on the edge of my seat and being such an overall amazing story! I highly reccommened this to everyone! READ FRACTURE BY MEGAN MIRANDA!show more
by Golden Apple YA Book Reviews
==Original Review at www.booknerds-are-pretty-too.com== Author Megan Miranda launches her debut novel with the absorbing story of Delaney Maxwell, it should be just another day in her life but instead turns out to be the day she died, for eleven minutes she was under freezing water, for 11 minutes she was considered death. That should have been the end of her story, but life gave her a second chance and now her world will never be normal again. As she struggles to cope with the situation her relationship with her best friend Decker starts falling apart. I fell in love with him from the first chapter. The way he feels about her will evoke all kinds of emotions. Miranda's writing style flows smoothly, and keeps the reader engaged through the entire book. I enjoyed the first person narrative, all the conflict on Delaney's thoughts, until she meets Troy and her confusion starts forming deeper questions on life and death. After she meets him I start to believe there's going to be a love triangle, but is he trust worthy? Overall I enjoyed this book, it was different, with the perfect amount of description and a little dash of romance. The only big problem I had with this book was I couldn't put it down. Review based on an Advanced Reader's Copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.show more
by Shantal
The number 11 seems to be a magical number, and when Delaney miraculously survives 11 minutes of ice-cold death, surely nothing would ever be the same. Her best friend Decker keeps his distance, even though it is obvious that their friendship had been on the edge of something more. Her parents, still in shock of almost losing their daughter, keep a close eye on Delaney to make sure nothing else goes wrong. And all Delaney wants is to feel normal again, but something dark haunts the recesses of her mind. Is Delaney dreaming, or does death seem to be following her footsteps? No one seems to be listening to her except the mysterious Troy Varga, but desperate as Delaney is to figure out the truth, should she place all her trust in Troy? Fracture is a feast for the curious and those who enjoy a big, bad bump in the night! It might have started with a medical anomaly, but Megan Miranda spiced it up with the perfect dash of weird that will leave readers frantically turning pages to unravel the mystery of Delaney's survival and Troy's strange presence. The writing might have felt a little slow at times, but picture it like the ice pond that Delaney must have been standing on. One thin crack may seem harmless enough, but when it leads to more cracks to the point of one BIG crack in the ice, be prepared for an cold and dangerous dip in the pool! Fracture reminds me of choker - I went into it without knowing too many details and was simply blown away with its simple yet unexpected story concept.show more
by theEPICrat
The story is about Delaney Maxwell the main protagonist. 17 year old Delaney is a carefree teenager with her whole life ahead of her. But one accident changes all this...... whilst out with her best friend Decker they are crossing a frozen lake to meet friends when all of a sudden the ice fractures plunging Delaney into its wet, icy darkness. Eleven minutes pass before she is pulled from the cold water, her heart has stopped beating and she has to be revived by a panic stricken Decker. Medical professionals are left baffled, because eleven minutes is a long time for the heart and brain to stop functioning. But Delaney is a miracle, apart from cracked ribs and bruising she is fine, her brain scan shows significant brain damage which leaves the doctors baffled. However this miracle comes with a hefty price..........Delaney experiences a strange sensation, a pull that finds her drawn to the dying. Is she predicting death or is it something more sinister like causing it??? She meets a stranger called Troy who she finds out has a lot in common with her, there is something very dark and mysterious about Troy and Delaney needs to find out more. This book gripped me from the start, fast paced and very addictive. I just had to find out what happened to Delaney the main character. I managed to finish this book in just over two days which is a sure sign of a good book. This book is suitable for younger readers; there are no graphic or adult content. A perfect YA novel. I loved the writing style of this book; the words were flowing off the page. I would definitely read more books by this author as I think this book was very well written and the story was very imaginative. I liked the good mix of characters, some of them were deep and complex and this was shown throughout the book. Sometimes the relationship between Delaney and Decker had me pulling my hair out in frustration; you could clearly see they liked each other but neither seemed to accept the signs. I was really happy with the ending, it did take me by surprise and I was not expecting it; which is good as I tend not to like predictable books. You may be wondering why I am gushing about this book but have only given it a four and a half star rating and not a five star rating, well the simple fact is that my top ratings are given to books I want to read again straight away. I did enjoy this book a lot but I'm not itching to pick it back up straight away. There was just a little something missing, what it is? Well I just can't put my finger on it...... I was given a copy of this book to review.show more
by Jennifer Juckes
Fracture by Megan Miranda is an intense thought provoking story that boggles the human mind, and has you reeling in thoughts even days after you finished reading! The story maintains a steady pace all the way through the end. It's like watching a drama-suspense movie unfolding between your hands. Fracture has you wondering what path would you take and which would you choose. Would it be easier to be the one who survived; the one awaiting to die; or the love one of the survivor? It has you questioning if the 'right thing' is RIGHT or could it be wrong; giving yourself an excuse to ending a life. I know, it makes my head hurt too but you just can't help thinking about it. =) The characters were easy to relate to. Not in reading the characters' actions that is to be expected and want to happen with them, but by reading the actions that most annoys you which in fact is realistic and believable. Prime example is how dense Decker is with how Deleaney feels about him even when her actions scream "I love you! Don't touch her!". It was also nice to read a few quips that lightened some intense scenes giving some light heartedness to the story. The way Delaney accounts for her situations throughout the book made memorable impacts because it felt like you were drawn into the dilemma. Megan Miranda no doubt is skilled in putting depth into her writing. Nearing the end, it became a bit touching and I did shed a tear. One thing though that strikes me wrong is the ending. I totally saw it happening differently in my mind, and really wished that's how it should have panned out. I can't really express what I mean by this because I would be putting in a major spoiler in my review and I don't do that. =D I enjoyed reading Fracture by Megan Miranda and I'm sure you will too! Another great rainy day read! *Side Note: reminded me of Sublime (movie)show more
by SpadesHigh
Delaney was dead for eleven minutes here brain starved of oxygen, her heart stopped beating. Decker pulls his best friend Delaney out of the icy lake but the damage is already done. To everyone's shock Delaney beats the odds and lives waking up when she should be dead or in a vegetated state. The doctors explain that she has untold damaged in her brain that should make talking and memories impossible yet Delaney seems fine. Delaney knows she has come back wrong the shaking in her hands and the tugging from inside leads her to the dying. She does not understand what's going on then she meets someone just like her does he hold the answers Delaney needs. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book to review and I'm so lucky to be given the chance to read it. This book was beyond words amazing I read the whole book in less them a day. From the first few paged your thrown right into the story there was no boring introductions that can sometimes put people off this book went straight into the action which I enjoyed. To me there were three main Characters that brought different things to the book while there was lots of other character these main three made the book for me. Fracture was one of the first books that made me cry at times the book had so much emotion that pulled at your heart strings. There were lots of different relationships going on in the book that had problems and worries. I felt that while this book was fiction there were lots of real problems like how does a family copy after nearly losing a member of the family the book show that death can sometime pull families and friends apart or other times you can work to stay together. There was also this twist in the book in which Delaney felt pulled to the people that were near death which put a whole interesting spin on the story. This book was one that really got me thinking about life and death I was really shocked at how much the book stayed with me even after I has finished reading it. It was a book about life after facing death. An emotion journey to see if life is worth living and how people cope. I'm giving the book 5 stars. I would recommend the book to others. One last thing if you had one day to live what would you do? All I have to say is live each day as if it was your last no mistakes just memories.show more
by annmarie ager
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