Originally posted at my blog Chasing Empty Pavements
This book has been on my radar for a while. From the minute I saw the cover and read the blurb, I wanted to read it. It ended up being one of those books that at the end, you *really* enjoyed and yet felt there were major issues with it.
This is Megan Miranda's first novel and I have to say, she is a very talented writer. The writing was extremely well done. She has a very addictive writing style and the story line was brilliant. She had me hooked from the first paragraph. It was so easy to sail through this book as I read it in 2.5 hours. While I really liked the main character, Delaney, I really loved the character of Decker. He seemed so real, so sweet and swoon-worthy. He felt like the most developed, rounded character. The premise was inherently interesting but because she threw in the element of another character having the "power" that Delaney has, it made the story that much more interesting/dark. Without ever really saying it, there was a deep message within the issues of the book and that is that the harsh and sad reality is that death is everywhere. It happens to good and bad people. People who deserve it, people who don't. Sometimes it happens too soon and sometimes people get lucky. But regardless, the hope and will to live is stronger then anything. The ability to choose whether or not you want to fight for your life is an incredible privilege we have and that theory is what fuels Delaney's desire to protect that right for others.
My biggest complaint about this novel is that there were a lot of unanswered and unexplored things in this novel. The entire character of Troy is great, except he and his situation aren't really explored or explained that thoroughly. One minute he's there and the next, he's on every single page without me feeling like he should be. By the end of the novel, I still feel like I'm not really sure who he is or really what role he had in the novel beyond the surface reasons (trying to "teach" Delaney a lesson). The relationship between Delaney and her parents seemed a little forced, unreal and also under developed. At times, it felt like Delaney was fourteen not seventeen because of the way she interacted with her parents. I would have liked to see a little bit more development between Delaney and Decker as well. The book was relatively short and I think there were plenty of opportunities and obviously, space, to expand on these issues.
Overall, I really did enjoy this novel. I read it in one sitting and loved the exciting nature of the story. I do recommend this novel for any YA fans, especially those who want a short but exciting read. I can't wait to read VENGEANCE, the companion novel to FRACTURE.
**I received this book free from the publisher through www.netgalley.com. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.