I picked this book up on a whim because it sounded similar to the movie ‘Age of Adeline’, however what I got instead was a weird mix of Mara Dyer and a high school thriller.
Fracture did not leave a lasting impression. As soon as I put the book down I practically forgot it. It follows Delaney Maxwell who falls into a frozen lake and almost dies. After her recovery she gets a strange twinge in her head that means someone in the local area is going to die.
I have to admit I thought this was going to be a lot more action packed than it actually was. Delaney didn’t use her power for anything heroic necessarily. She wasn’t part of the X-Men, let’s say that. Her power came to very little and it took her forever to realise what was happening, despite this her power was the most interesting thing about her. Delaney was a pretty average teen, I’m guessing, because we don’t get an awful lot of backstory.
The character exploration for main and side characters alike was non-existent. I couldn’t feel for any of the character’s situations because I didn’t really know who they were. We’re supposed to just accept they’re stereotypes of boy-next-door, bad-boy, girl-genius, blah blah blah. There was nothing that set these characters apart from any other story I’ve read.
Unfortunately, Fracture has one of the worst love triangles possibly ever. I honestly think it was only included to add some tension to the plot. First there’s Dexter, the boy next door, who leads girls on and is a heartbreaker. Did I forget to mention he’s also had feelings for Delaney but never expresses them? *rolls eyes* Then, slightly more interesting although equally as horrendous, is Troy Vega who pops onto the scene when Delaney starts having these weird premonitions and he’s – wait for it – the only guy that truly understands how she’s feeling after the accident.
Personally, I thought he was a creep. Would you really follow a guy you’ve never met before back to his house? Their connection seemed too forced and the mystery surrounding his past wasn’t too suspenseful and took too long to be revealed.
Lastly, the only thing I have to add is that the novel felt very enclosed. It only concerned seven or so characters. I know world-building isn’t a big thing in contemporaries, but I think I wanted a bigger sense of how Delaney’s accident affected the town. Apparently this book has a sequel, I have no idea why, but I will not be picking it up. Overall, I was very disappointed with this book, but at least I didn’t have very high expectations.