Published: January 5th 2012, Bloomsbury
Pages: 262 pages, ARC
Acquired: Kindly sent for review by the publisher
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
My review: Gee whizz, did I love the hell out of Fracture? I did indeed. Absolutely brilliant, it'll grab you from the wholly unsettling first chapter and will not let you out of its grasp until you've finished reading. Well, even after I had finished reading the story stayed with me. Fracture isn't a book that you'll forget in a hurry.
The best thing about reading Fracture was how much it shocked me. I mean, I was quite excited for it and I thought it looked interesting but, I have to admit, from the summary I thought it was going to be a bit of an If I Stay rip off, which put me off a little. Just to confirm, Fracture is absolutely its own novel and one of the most unique books I've read in a long time. Sure, it's a little reminiscent of If I Stay, with the protagonist narrowly escaping a brush with death but that's where the comparisons end, except for the fact they're both awesome books.
There's so much more to Fracture than Delaney's recovery from her near death experience; we learn about her family and their history, her friends (and frenemies, naturally) and Decker, her best friend and neighbour. Let me just get this out of my system - I bloody love Decker. I tend not to get too many literary crushes from supernatural novels, as I find most of the heroes to be completely one-dimensional but Decker is an awesome, awesome character. I love that he's flawed and a little unconfident, unsure of anything except for his solid friendship with Delaney. Love him.
Troy is such an interesting character and I think he'll definitely create a lot of discussion. He's genuinely unsettling in places and, even though he freaked me out, I thought he was a great addition to the story. Some of my favourite scenes were between him and Delaney, particularly as the novel drew to a close. Sorry, I know that's a little vague but I don't want to give away any spoilers.
If you're looking for something a little different that will play on your mind between reading sessions then I'd definitely point you in the direction of Fracture. It completely delivered on every count and surprised me, for all the right reasons. And it's a debut - even more impressive!
First line: 'The first time I died, I didn't see God.'
Read if you liked…: If I Stay - Gayle Forman
Total: 18/20 (A)