Published by Walker Childrens on January 17th, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, Supernatural, Young Adult
Source: bought in-store
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. 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?
For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death.
Delaney, a normal teenage overachiever heads out to the pond to play Man Hunt with her friends. Being the clumsy girl that she is she falls and cracks the ice, falling right into the water.
She ends up being in a coma for a week when all of a sudden she wakes up, fully aware and fully functional. No one understands why she lived, but she does and tries to go back to living her normal life.
I like how ambitious Delaney is about school and working hard to achieve a 4.0 GPA. That was very admirable. What I didn’t understand was why she was always pushing Decker away when he was clearly in love with her. Instead she went for the bad boy Troy who was clearly not well thinking he was doing the right thing by easing the passing of so many elderly folk.
What I truly enjoyed about the book was the thrilling science behind it all. (yes I’m such a nerd!). Delaney should have died, but why didn’t she? Why all of a sudden did am she have an effinany for death? It sounded a lot like she was the grim reaper.