Reading level: Young AdultI didn't know what to expect when I began reading "Fracture" but it didn't take long to find out that this book was unique. The main character is Delaney Maxwell, a 17 year old senior in high school who is working very hard to be the valedictorian of her class. One moment she is on her way to play in the snow of a Maine winter with her best friend and next-door neighbor, Decker, and the next she is falling through the ice of Falcon Lake. After 6 days in a coma, Delaney awakens to the beginning of her new life.
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Walker Childrens (January 3, 2012)
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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 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?
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.
The story is a mixture of reality and possibility. What does happen to the brain when it is without oxygen for 11 minutes? How do you start your life over when you realize how quickly it can be taken away from you? The author has done a great job with the characters and the circumstances of this story. The relationships between Delaney and her parents and her friends are authentic. She has presented an unusual scenario and asks us to consider a couple of questions along with Delaney. What is the purpose of life and what would you do if you knew you only had one day to live? This is an intriguing book that held my interest from the first page to the last.
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- Sexual Content: Moderate
- Profanity: Heavy
- Violence: Moderate
- Other Notables: Underage Drinking