Review Time! This novel's been sitting on the review pile for a week now and I think it's high time that I reviewed it! So I'm a little late to party being like the only person who hasn't read the book yet but still, this is a review for the minority who haven't read it and those who are interested in my thoughts *cough* everyone *cough*! Thanks to Bloomsbury for the review copy! :)
(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. 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?
The Short Story? - A thought-provoking psychological thriller! Refreshingly different debut that had my mind twisted into a knot and my heart thumping. Miranda's eerily beautiful debut is a must-read if you love your contemporary with a touch of the chilling supernatural. Unnatural, captivating, mind-bending and completely addictive - Fracture will haunt you long after the last page.
The Long Story? - I REJOICE, at the short length of the book. Sitting under 300 pages I practically did a happy dance when I received the book in the mail. That said, Miranda has an amazing skill of fitting one heck of a heart-pounding story in such few pages. What a powerful novel! I'm a huge fan of psychological thrillers because even if they do make you extremely confused at the best of times, they're dark and eerily creepy! One of the best things about Fracture is that Miranda has a very clear idea of her plot and she has the ability of depicting exactly what she means through few words. Get this, I did not get lost ONCE. It's an very original story, it's quite hard to explain the plot with ruining it for everyone so I'm going to say. If you like your contemporaries border-lining the supernatural - this one is for you. If you like a little mystery with your novels - this one is for you. If you like mind-benders and thought-provoking novels - this one is for you. If you liked Before I Fall or If I Stay - this one is for you. Capish? :D
The characterisation was fantastic. I know I say this for a lot of books but it's actually quite hard to find books with REALLY good characterisation. I felt I found that in Fracture, I really connected with Delaney. The voice Miranda has given Delaney is absolutely amazing, she's so real. A wonderfully developed protagonist, I can't find a flaw in Delaney, she's kind, shy, quiet, funny but more than anything she's flawed. That's what makes a great characters, the ones with flaws and Delaney was just the ideal protagonist. I LOVED Decker - what a great guy. I want a best friend like him! Troy, rubbed me the wrong way. I know he's meant to be mysterious and all but he kind of came off as a creep. However his personality eventually made sense as the book drew to a close. Overall, great cast - we have a protagonist, antagonist and a prince in shiny armour - what more to ask for?
Fracture is a must-read. Miranda has such a beautiful prose and narrative voice, it would a shame to give this remarkable debut a miss! A eerily haunting plot that explores the thin line between life, death and everything in between. A cast of characters that's both well developed and interesting and a unique YA voice that compels you to read faster and faster. Fracture is a delicious psychological thriller that will linger long after the last page.
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