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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 fine11 minutes can change a life forever. Especially when you're deprived of oxygen and your heart stops beating. Delaney Maxwell should not be alive. She should not have survived those 11 minutes spent underwater when she slipped on a fragile sheet of ice. But somehow, by some miracle or bursting need for survival, she came back, defied science and lived. Megan brilliant explored the ramifications of this not only on Delaney, but every person in her life. From best-friend Decker, who fought desperately to save her, to her mother, who in the aftermath of the accident begins to wither away on the inside. Scarier for Delaney is a terrifying new ability to sense when a person is dying. And so enters a mysterious boy named Troy, who also shares her gift. A boy who will make her question life, death and whether taking a life is a kindness or murder.
—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.
I don't now how Megan did it, but she rendered such a bond between the reader and protagonist. The emotions were so rich. From her pain and fear, worry and desire, as Delaney's world crumbled down around her, I felt everything alongside her. It's one thing to sympathise with a character, but Megan put me right into Delaney's shoes from the moment she slipped on the ice. You have those Mary-Sue characters who are just flat, with no personality, nothing to stand out, yet everyone views them as a shining star. But Delaney felt like a very real, flawed teenager. With personality. She's highly academic and motivated and yes, she sometimes made some stupid snap decisions, but I understood her motivations behind every one of them. I enjoyed watching as she viewed and questioned the world and how those thoughts began to change over time, as her experiences post-accident changed the girl she once was.
I adored the cast of secondary characters. Decker in particular. His relationship with Delaney was pitch-perfect. Megan captured the emotions boiling beneath the surface without them ever really having to say it aloud. She nailed the highs and lows and in-betweens. Their fights and their banter, their sweet friendship and the complicated possibility and impossibility of something more. You want to tear at the pages when Decker just doesn't get it, or else scream at Delaney when he does get it and she walks away. You could feel that strong bond of friendship between them to the point where you want to hop inside the book and laugh with them, nudge against their shoulders or just push their faces together so they'll kisskisskiss already!
Troy was a complicated character. He's there in the shadows, always lurking, always presenting a dark and enigmatic vibe. He's someone you can sympathise with at times, yet he will deeply frustrate and maybe even scare you. It's safe to say he is pretty messed up. He's been through a traumatic ordeal of his own, but what differs him from Delaney is how he's dealt with things. He lost much more than she did from his brush with death and that depression and loneliness within him has affected him in a pretty significant way. His actions beg the question, can Delaney really trust him?
While there were a few things I would have liked more neatly tied up in the end, there's no doubt that Megan knows how to weave together a compelling story. She knows how to make you care for her characters and become so invested in their lives that you feel like you're right inside the pages beside them. I loved how she makes both the reader and Delaney constantly question the many facets of death, of life, of living . Fracture is an addicting, haunting novel that will offer your mind food for thought and send your emotions spiralling down the same twisting rollercoaster as Delaney's. It's a story of life and death, learning when to let go and when to hold on, and how to rebuild when everything around you falls apart.
4/5 Golden Apples!