Friday, January 13, 2012

ARC Fracture by Megan Miranda (3/5 stars).

Title: Fracture
Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Date to be released: 17 January 2011
Genre: Paranormal/Young Adult
Paperback: 272 pages
Source: traded a paperback for it
Rating: 3/5 stars

From the book cover:
"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?"

Delaney could feel when a person is about to die and she feels that she should do something to try and stop death from happening. Troy, on the other hand, believes that he is given this gift, this sense, to help these people by killing them himself, not letting them suffer slowly. 

I think Delaney’s dilemma is perfectly human and understandable, I remember reading Marc Hauser’s Moral Minds for one of my classes and if I remember correctly, our moral faculty registers a difference between active and passive participation, for example, the old lady dying in the hospital where Troy works, we know from what both Delaney and Troy felt that she was going to die and knowing this we are given a switch, a switch that would inject gas in the room so that she would die peacefully and painlessly, however, we’d rather be a passive participant, let the old lady die and not try to resuscitate her than be an active participant, the one who flicks the switch. When Delaney said "Do it." to Leroy, the clerk in the convenience store who had only a little time left before he dies, she gave him a gift, to be happy for the last time, a stark different than what Troy had been doing with his gift yet the same in not succumbing to passiveness. 

Delaney’s voice was engaging and thoughtful, the way she describes how she felt, what she saw, and how death pulls her is hypnotic: 
“It felt distinctly like the opposite of hell. Funny how everything can change in an instant. From death to life. From empty to full. From darkness to light. Or maybe I just wasn’t looking. 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.” 
There are parts when suddenly we are taken back to a memory and it was so easy to imagine myself going back to that moment, like Delaney's real first kiss when she and Decker were arguing about that time she was making out with Carson, the story flowing smoothly from start to end with a good pacing, revealing the moral quandaries that her new sense poses slowly.

My Verdict:
Thought provoking and occasionally suspenseful, something for those looking for a dose of paranormal with teen romance.
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