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By the time seventeen-year-old Delaney Maxwell is pulled out of the icy waters of a frozen lake, her heart has stopped beating. She is in a coma and officially dead. But Delaney pulls through. How? Doctors are mystified. Outwardly she has completely recovered. But Delaney knows something is very wrong. Pulled by sensations she can't control, she finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her brain predicting death or causing it?

Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who lost his whole family in a car accident and emerged from a coma with the same powers as Delaney. At last she's found a kindred spirit who'll understand what she's going through. 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?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20mm | 189g
  • Bloomsbury Childrens Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 140881739X
  • 9781408817391
  • 142,421

About Megan Miranda

Megan Miranda studied Biology and Anthropology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she twice won a coveted award for research in Bioengineering. This is Megan's first novel. She lives in North Carolina, USA, with her husband and two young children.
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Rating details

13,966 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 26% (3,616)
4 34% (4,761)
3 29% (4,003)
2 9% (1,268)
1 2% (318)

Our customer reviews

*I won this book from the author website. She sent me a signed paperback copy. This has not influenced in any way my thoughts of the book. A lot can happen in eleven minutes.. Yes it can! This books is terrific. A heart-raced read with every page. Delaney Maxwell it's a girl who survives after a terrible accident. She was dead. But now she's alive. Or not? She's know different. She even thinks she's not human anymore.. But, what's happening to her? The only person to seems to have an answer for that it's Troy Vargas. A boy who can be an angel, but on which side? And while she struggles with the consequences of her accident, she has to find who she really is. She has to find out who the real and new Delaney is. Grown up, comprehen things, and most of all accept them. It's a great read, really quick, I read it in about 6 or 7 hours. And I'm not a fast reader at all. You have to see beyond the trama of the story, the real significance of life, of living, of love, of friendship, of family and of hope I didn't gave this book 5 starst because there was something that annoyed me.. Decker. Sometimes a foolish boy, sometimes so sweet. And then again, a *******.. Ok, what the..?? It got me confused if he was real with his feelings or not. There are some things that are left without answer, but I'm guessing that this have to continue. If it is, I'm really glad because we have to know what comes after that ending. :) Overall, I'd recommend this book if you like real books. Contemporary ya read, with a message that will fill you over the edge for good! "There's what I do and what I don't do. What I say and what I don't say. There's no underlying path guiding my way. No predestination. Just me, choosing the right way..."show more
by Lissette Martinez
Fracture. 5 of 5 star rating. No more
by Kate
It's funny how you can have a new favourite book in the space of a couple of hours. Since I've started blogging, I've been introduced to a wider range of books in the YA world that I wouldn't have necessarily picked up to begin with, and fallen in love with characters and plots alike. Fracture is one of these books. I fell head over heels, and fast. Delaney Maxwell's heart stopped beating for eleven full minutes when she fell into the ice. She's pronounced dead, but then she wakes up. And nobody wakes up after eleven minutes. Then Delaney notices something strange, an itch that gets stronger and stronger the more she's around death and dying people. Strange things are happening, especially when Troy Varga comes on the scene. This book is everything. Suspenseful, invigorating, exciting, thrilling...I could go on and on with the list of synonyms. After the last couple of books that I read didn't really WOW! me very much, I was so happy to read Fracture. For a debut novel, Megan Miranda has pinned down the art of great writing. From her style to her characters, everything about this novel blew me away. Everything happens at a pace that makes for a comfortable read, and at no stage are you left wondering what an earth just happened, or flicking back pages to re-read. From the very beginning, when Delaney falls into the ice, all the way through her time in the hospital to the exciting ending. I really felt as if I was watching all the events playing out, and my emotions were running high the whole entire time I was reading this book - and I read it all in about three hours, that's how captivated I was! The characters play a huge part in this novel, and it's them that would make or break the book. And they made it. Every character has a role in this book. Right from Janna, one of Delaney's friends who took a rather surprising turn towards the end of the book (I won't say what it was, but it literally made me weep with sadness!) to Delaney's Mum, Joanne, who's character is so defined it almost feels as you could be about to start reading a completely different saga. Delaney is a girl that I can relate to. She's smart, she cares about her grades and is more worried at first about having missed a week of school than the fact that she's just come back from the dead. She strives towards things, she has goals and ambitions. Like every teenager, she's concerned about her appearance, but it doesn't make her vain or superficial. Instead, it makes her more human. She doesn't cut herself up over it. Sure, she thinks she's grown a little curvier than other girls, but she's not about to make herself sick over it. Her group of friends isn't automatically described as 'the popular ones', but you know that they are well liked, including Delaney. Even her perspective on death and dying makes her one of my favourite characters. One thing she carries around with her is hope, and in the end, that's something that makes all the difference between life and death. She's alive, and for that she's grateful. Decker is a character that I fell in love with. To Delaney, he's the perfect guy best friend. He gets mad when she crumples up his hair, they argue and play fight, but after the ice, something changes in their relationship. Decker goes from being the guy that lives next door and knows everything about Delaney to the guy that stays practically every night at the hospital and comes at two in the morning to read to Delaney to make sure that she doesn't fall asleep. In essence, it was a love that was supposed to happen, but just never had a push in the right direction, and in a way Delaney's fall pushed both of them to really come to terms with their feelings for one another, especially when other people come into the equation. There were times when I was literally screaming (in my head) for Delaney to just kiss Decker, or the other way round! The only character I really couldn't figure out was Troy. He was there to stir up trouble really, and he did a good job of it, but maybe the fact that he was so...delusional (if that's the right word to use!) is what made him hard to come to terms with. Who knows? This review has definitely gone on long enough, but if there's one thing I can encourage you to do, it's to go out and buy this novel. I don't even care if you e-book it, which is totally against my 'Long Live Paper!' philosophy. Just buy it. Read it. Judge it for yourself. Trust me, if it's anything, it's awesome, and you'll want to read it over and over more
by Hannah
As soon as I heard about this novel, my mind likened the premise of it to Gayle Forman's If I Stay, which I didn't really enjoy, despite loving the whole idea behind it. Thankfully, in Fracture, Megan Miranda didn't let me down with her emotion-packed story. Fracture tells the story of seventeen year old Delaney after she has an accident at a local lake, where she falls to her death through thin ice and drowns, leaving her dead for eleven minutes, until she is rescued by her best friend and neighbour, Decker. The accident itself is written extremely well and I almost held my breath throughout it. Emotionally, Delaney is your average teenager in a way that means that the reader can hopefully connect to her - she is slightly neurotic, a little angsty and sometimes a bit vulnerable, but she is still strong, sensible and caring. I found Delaney to be a very genuine, down to earth and grounded character. Delaney isn't completely typical though, as after her accident she is left with a 'gift' (or a curse) that draws her to people who are dying. It is very interesting to see how she copes with this. This ability does add a slight paranormal feel to the book but it's certainly not dominating, I would still recommend this book to those who are not fans of fantasy genres. Through her ability to sense death, Delaney meets a guy called Troy, who has a similar ability. I didn't instantly like Troy and Miranda does a great job of giving him a sense of uncanniness - I never felt at ease with him. He is a quite mysterious character and brought a lot of suspense to the book. As the book progressed, Troy became more and more manipulative and controlling which gave me a strong dislike to him. Unlike Troy, I loved Decker all the way through the story, even when he was being a little awkward and had some conflicts with Delaney. I enjoyed seeing how the accident affected him and also how it transformed his relationship with Delaney. I thought that the other friends in their circle were well formed, especially Janna who was a confident, strong female which is nice to see. The characters are a typical high school group who have varied personalities and they work well together, despite their friendships having expected occasional rifts. I would've liked to hear more about them near the end of the book, even if it was in an epilogue. I also liked the fact that Delaney's parents played quite a large part in the book as often the parents are forgotten about in Young Adult books. Her mother's relationship with her parents often reflected her worries and concerns over Delaney. There is a good pace that is set from the beginning of this novel, but the last chapters of this story were particularly intense and I felt my emotions changing from page to page. There were plenty of unpredictable twists throughout, but the ending was on-the-edge-of-your-seat reading. Fracture was very difficult to put down, even though I didn't want the book to finish! The ending of the book isn't works well, but it all happened a little fast for me. Most things were tied up by the end, but I think that most of the book could've been explored more. However, the fact that it was concise made the book more intense and it held my attention. This was a really gripping read and with the quality of it, it's hard to believe that it's Miranda's debut novel. I loved Miranda's descriptive but clear, well paced writing style and I would not hesitate to pick up anything else that she offers. Although this is targeted at the Young Adult age group, I can certainly see it appealing to adult readers too. This is a book that I'd recommend to nearly more
by Stephanie Forster (Stepping out of the Page)
Megan Miranda has made an impressive entry into the young adult genre with the debut of her first novel, Fracture. I picked it up intending to read a chapter or two before bed but devoured it in just a few hours. Having been revived after eleven minutes trapped under the ice, Delaney wakes from a coma with her faculties seemingly unscathed. The doctors are baffled, but Delaney is simply relieved until an itch starts in the middle of her brain and her fingers start twitching. Returning home is not the triumphant moment she expected, her parents are anxious and watchful, her relationship with her best friend, Decker, has indefinably altered and Delaney is confused by her sudden fascination with the dying. Troy Varga knows just how she feels but while Delaney's instincts are to try and prevent death, Troy believes he survived the crash that killed his parents and sister, to prevent suffering. The premise of Fracture is intriguing and Miranda grabs the attention of the reader in the very first pages as Delaney struggles beneath the frozen ice. What I found so appealing about Fracture was the contemporary setting paired with simmering suspense and the lightest touch of 'other'. There is a slow build up of tension through out the novel, the faintest scent of menace surrounds Delaney from the moment she awakes from her coma. The story explores interesting themes such as guilt, near death experiences and euthanasia without finding it necessary to resolve the complex issues. I like that Miranda has tackled such serious ideas in a way that teens can relate to. The element of the paranormal is well grounded, given Delaney's brain damage, and is integral to the plot but does not overwhelm it. There is, as to be expected, a romantic angle but I think the author handles it well. Delaney's changing relationship with her best friend, Decker, is realistically complicated and her attraction to Troy an understandable reaction to her situation. The only thread of the plot I had difficulty reconciling was Delaney's changed relationship with her mother. I think Miranda was trying to show how sometimes loved ones withdraw from a victim after a serious incident, an unconscious self protective mechanism, that for Delaney's mother was complicated by her own childhood issues. I just don't think it quite worked and her mother's withdrawal may prove largely inexplicable for some readers. I have to admit Delaney is not the most likeable character, she is quite prickly with family and friends and somewhat self destructive in the wake of her guilt and confusion. It's difficult to make that judgement though, as we really only get to know her after the drowning, which provides a credible excuse for her behaviour. I do think the author was able to genuinely portray her protagonists complicated emotions, from Delaney's frustration and fear to Troy's pain and righteousness. Fracture is a surprisingly absorbing novel with a unique premise, and fully realised characters. It will likely appeal to adult fans of YA as much as it's intended audience and is a strong debut from a talented more
by Shelley Cusbert
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