Winter 2012 Kids' Next List
“This is a simple, seemingly straightforward story that catches the reader unexpectedly by the throat. Delaney apparently does not survive being under the icy water for 11 minutes in a Maine pond in the middle of winter, but, miraculously, she is revived. This miracle adds a serious complication to logic-bound Delaney's life when she finds out that she can now sense people's impending deaths. Written in a taut, spare style, this tale explores love, friendship, and the fine line between life and death.”
— Rebecca Waesch, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH
New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda's heart-wrenching debut--a hauntingly beautiful story about what it means to truly live.
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?
About the Author
Megan Miranda was a scientist and high school teacher before writing Fracture, which came out of her fascination with scientific mysteries-especially those associated with the brain. Megan has a BS in biology from MIT and spent her post-college years either rocking a lab coat or reading books. She lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, where she volunteers as an MIT Educational Counselor. Fracture is her first novel.