Author: Megan Miranda
Genre/Audience: Young adult
Publication: Walker Childrens, 2012
Summary: Delaney Maxwell falls on an iced over lake, fracturing the ice, and for 11 minutes, she is underwater until her friends manage to pull her out. Her body had shut down, and yet she wakes up in the hospital seemingly fine. Doctors are stumped; she defied death, and with no real side effects to speak of. Even though she looks and seems normal, Delaney begins having weird sensations… she is pulled and drawn to people who are dying. She can sense their imminent deaths. No one knows her secret until she meets Troy, who also almost died and now has the same eerie abilities. Delaney wants to try and prevent the deaths she senses, but Troy has other ideas…
My Thoughts: I’ve been wanting to read this book since it first came out last year, and finally got around to it since Megan Miranda will be a part of this year’s Teen Book Festival, for which I am a committee member. I am so glad I finally picked this book up – it was totally worth the wait! This book had a dark and eerie feeling to it from the first page on, and I was very intrigued by Delaney’s ability. I really liked the relationships between a lot of the characters and felt that they were very real, including her sort of friendship with Janna, with whom she is competing for valedictorian. There’s also Decker, her neighbor/best friend/love interest, and there’s all sorts of tension there. The romantic element was interesting to watch unfold, but I also really liked their friendship and seeing it through all of its highs and lows. It’s full of jealousy, hurt feelings, but also love and true friendship. Troy, the guy with the same ability as Delaney, added a lot of suspense and conflict to the novel, which made for some exciting and scary moments. Even though their abilities seem supernatural, the story felt very real to me, with a lot of normal teenage feelings, insecurities, and thoughts in addition to the extraordinary ability. I’d definitely recommend this to fans of dark YA novels and love triangles (maybe squares? – lots of potential love interests here!). I’m very anxious to read her newest book, Hysteria, and really excited for Fracture‘s sequel to come out next year!
My Rating: 4/5