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Fracture by Megan Miranda

January 30th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Purchased myself

Publication date: January 17, 2012

Publisher: Walker and Company

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from 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?

I wasn’t really sure what to expect after reading the synopsis for this book.  Was is going to be a paranormal haunting sort of thing, super hero X-Manish or a secret conspiracy to develop a group of teens with special gifts?  So honestly I went in with no expectations of thinking I’d love this book or hate it.  Unfortunately that did not help move this book beyond just “meh” for me.  I feel lame saying that but really I did not dislike the book but nothing stood out for me.

I never truly came to relate and like Delaney.   I get she underwent a traumatic experience but she still came across as too whiny for my tastes.  I also felt like although she’s happy to constantly have Decker around to support her she never truly appreciates him.  We are also given little glimpses of what she was probably like before falling through the ice and she sounded pretty self-involved.  One example is when she is shocked that her closest competitor for valedictorian is willing to help tutor her to catch up after the accident.  She even admits that she is not sure she would do the same if the positions were reversed.

I did really like Decker’s character.  He was such a sweetheart and I felt so bad for him that Delaney was so clueless about how he felt towards her and that no matter how well he treated her she just took it as a given.

The story itself was just so-so.  It bothered me that we never really know why Delaney and Troy developed this ability that they do and that there were several characters thrown in solely for the purpose of creating drama.  They aren’t developed at all beyond the superficial level.  What I did love about the story was the moral debate going on between Delaney and Troy.  It goes back to all those debates about euthanasia.  If someone is truly suffering and has no hope of recovery is it wrong to help them end their life?  Another question arises though if that person can’t express their wishes does someone else really have the right to make the decision for them?

Like I said at the beginning this book didn’t really affect me strongly one way or another and it’s probably a bad sign that as I sat down to write this I even had to go back to the synopsis to remember Delaney’s name.  She was that unmemorable to me.

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