Author: Megan Miranda
Release Date: Available
There is often a very distinct line between YA contemporary and YA science fiction/paranormal fantasy, and often you will find fans of one or the other but not both. I myself have always thought of myself as a paranormal-type, but the more I read the more I realize that my enjoyment of a book has little to do with the specific sub-genre or how unique the synopsis sounds, and has a lot more to do with the skill of the author in holding my attention and evoking my emotions.
When I picked up Fracture, it wasn’t the synopsis that intrigued me, really. Though science-fictiony concept of supernatural abilities due to brain damage did interest me, it was the way the excerpt was written that grabbed me and made me want more. Consistently, Miranda’s writing throughout the novel was skillful and her pacing was perfect. Though I generally have a hard time connecting emotionally with novels, (I mean, I didn’t even cry forThe Fault in Our Stars), the feelings of the characters in Fracture were so tangible that I could feel them myself. Altogether the novel was so real and reality is what we’re essentially looking for in fiction , isn’t it?
Breaking away from current trends, Miranda has created a unique blend of paranormal, contemporary and quiet horror that I just couldn’t get enough of. I recommend this to anyone who wants something new and immersive. Something not scary, but with a (pitch-perfect) small-town-horror tone. Something with a little romance and a lot of intensity. If that sounds good to you, then I can’t recommend this book enough. 5/5 stars.
Review by Casey
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