Thursday, 26 January 2012
Fracture by Megan Miranda
—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.
My Rating : 4 of 5 stars
My Thoughts : When someone died and brought back to life, does they deserve the chance?
Fracture is a story of second chances, life and death, love and friendship. Before reading Fracture I was confused about how this book is going be like, just another realistic fiction including some teen problems. Well guess what, I was proven wrong. This is a realistic fiction though but mingled with some serious topic like euthanasia and with a little touch of suspense. With few turns and curves, the navigation was not what I expected. The story was tense and moving. Easy to read, Fracture is a page turner.
“I hadn't known that a light could be a feeling and a sound could be a color and a kiss could be both a question and an answer. And that heaven could be the ocean or a person or this moment or something else entirely.”
After 11 minutes under freezing water, when Delaney was pulled out by her best friend Decker, her heart stopped beating, and she died. But a miracle happed, she started breathing, and she came back to life. But something was very wrong with her, an unusual feeling, and a strange impelling to the persons who is going to die.
Enter Troy Varga. Recently emerged from come, Troy has experienced death just like Delaney. He started to follow Delaney everywhere, with some intentions much more sinister than you think.
Delaney and Decker
I found Delany a bit complex and confused but deserving enough for being a protagonist. She was also brave enough, able to face and deal with danger without flinching. Her mind was conflicting with her own thoughts. As for example one moment she claimed Decker to be her best friend and next moment she got angry when she saw him with Tara. One minute she thought Troy understands her better than anyone, next minute she was scared of him. It took me time to keep up with her faster moving confuse mind. Her possible love interest was very believable and their romance developed in a realistic pace.
Decker “the best friend” was just adorable, always been there for Delaney. When Delaney came back to life he tried to deal with his own feelings as well as Delany’s and all the awkward situations between them. As I told before Fracture is a story of second chances, it’s needless to say Decker earned this second chance to be with Delany at the moment he pulled her out of frozen lake.
Troy and Euthanasia
Tory is the most important character in Fracture in my opinion, without him the story is void.He is more like “call me your sinner” and less like “call me your saint”. Haunted by memories, carried by the burden of guilt, he considered himself responsible for his family’s death. Troy is mentally unhealthy, a physiologically disturbed character which is completely opposite from his appearance. You will never know what is going on in his mind and what is going to be his next move.
Unlike Delaney, Troy believed he should have stayed dead, and any other persons who went through death like state shouldn’t have came back to life at all. He thought euthanasia i.e. mercy killing is the only way to get someone out of their miseries, their pain.
What if the unconscious person, lying on bed has slightest ray of hope to come back, waiting for a miracle to happen. Is it really that easy to give up on life rather than fighting for it?
I liked how the author brought up concerned topic of euthanasia, decorating it by the exterior of a fantastic story, which is very thought arousing.
Ignoring the fact that the story has lost its focus a little bit for several times, Fracture has the potentiality of becoming a thoughtful book of young adults. So a 3.5 form me. I would love to recommend Fracture for everyone; it’s worth trying for at least once.
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