Published by Walker Childrens on January 17th 2012
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, YA
Source: Owned Audible Book
By the time Delaney Maxwell was pulled from a Maine lake's icy waters by her best friend, her heart had stopped beating.
But somehow Delaney survived - despite the brain scans that show irreparable damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be fine, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney now finds herself drawn to the dying, and when she meets Troy Varga, a boy who recently emerged from a coma with the same abilities, she is relieved to share this strange new existence. Unsure if her altered brain is predicting death or causing it, Delaney must figure out if their gift is a miracle, a freak of nature - or something else much more frightening...
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush Soda Saga or Trivia Crack.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
I like Megan Miranda, and I like her characters and stories. Fracture is the story of Delaney, who wakes up after being dead. Despite the doctors thinking she was a vegetable, or having awful brain scans, she is awake and alive after having drowned to death in an icy lake.
But Delaney is not the same person she was before she went below the ice. Finding out why she’s different and how to deal with it is her main struggle in the book.
But there’s also Decker- her best friend, the one who rescued her from the icy water, the boy she loves but can’t tell. Their friendship is on even thinner ice than the ice that sent Delaney plunging into the lake. Unable to talk to Decker, Delaney turns to the mysterious (and creepy) Troy, who escaped death too.
I liked the book, but I did have some problems with Delaney’s actions. So many issues could have been resolved if she’d just talked to Decker, her best friend, the one person who would have listened, but she doesn’t. She doesn’t sit her mom or dad down and talk to them either- which makes for a very uncomfortable home life… but honestly, that’s pretty realistic. My teenage nieces talk to me in ways they can’t talk to their parents (although this could be because they don’t see me as a real adult, even though I’m about to be 39… do I take that as a compliment or a critique on my maturity?).
Fracture might not be my all time favorite Megan Miranda book, but it’s still good. Now I need to go read the sequel- which I don’t know the book needed, but since when has that ever stopped me?
Therese Plummer narrates, and she’s becoming a recognizable name to me, which I love. She’s been the voice of a troll princess (in the Trylle books) and Aurora Teagarden series (Charlaine Harris’ small town librarian sleuth), and now she’s Delaney, a girl who came back from the dead. Plummer has a good voice, suitable for both YA and Adult, and I will definitely be happy to listen to her in the future.