Fracture by Megan Miranda
"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?"- summary from Amazon
Oh my goodness, this was a really good book. I liked the element of magical realism Miranda included, with Delaney's new ability. But the main amazing thing was how Miranda handled Delaney trying to fit back into her old life. It just felt so realistic seeing how she interacted with her friends and family and how they interacted with her as she adjusted back to life. I particularly enjoyed the relationship between Delaney and Decker; it was written really well and I could feel how awkward it was at times and also just how awesome their friendship was too. I also liked seeing Delaney deal with Troy as she navigated her new abilities; it brought up some interesting issues about life and death.
Overall, just an amazing debut and I'm looking forward to what Miranda writes next.
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FTC: Received ARC from my friend Susan (http://www.wastepaperprose.com). Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.