Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Walker Books
How Received: BookExpo America
Release Date: 17 January 2012
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?Got to page: 157
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?
Here's the thing: I love the plot of Fracture. I think it's an interesting concept, especially as Delaney isn't all gung-ho about it. She has a hard time dealing with it, she tries to figure out how it happened; she's a very realistic character, and I love that.
And Miranda has a fabulous writing style; she really managed to capture Delaney's voice in a very distinct way. She's sassy and smart and confused and conflicted.
But damn it all if the downfall of this book was a love triangle.
I've ranted before about how much I hate love triangles. And this was a prime example as to why I hate them so much.
Delaney is set up in a love triangle with Decker, her next door neighbor, and Troy, the older guy with the same mysterious power. Now, I don't know how it ends - I stopped reading as the love triangle started - but damn it all if it was unnecessary. There was plenty of set up for Decker and Delaney, but Troy had met Miranda all of one time. It would have been a lot more interesting to see Troy take on the role of mentor or friend rather than the unnecessary and cliche love triangle.
It seems like all of the publishing companies haven't just been jumping on the paranormal bandwagon; they're jumping on the love triangle bandwagon. I wish they would stop.
Final Comments: If you can stand poorly set up love triangles, you could try it. But I'd pass.
Has anybody else read Fracture? Got a different opinion than me?