By the time seventeen-year-old Delaney Maxwell is pulled out of the icy waters of a frozen lake, her heart has stopped beating. She is in a coma and officially dead. But Delaney pulls through. How? Doctors are mystified. Outwardly she has completely recovered. But Delaney knows something is very wrong. Pulled by sensations she can’t control, she finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her brain predicting death or causing it?
Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who lost his whole family in a car accident and emerged from a coma with the same powers as Delaney. At last she’s found a kindred spirit who’ll understand what she’s going through. 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?
An Indiebound Winter 2012 Kids’ Next List selection
A Boston Globe Best Young Adult Books of 2012 pick
Texas Lone Star Reading List
A Best Children’s Books of The Year pick from the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education
“Miranda’s debut is a captivating and intelligent story of love and death with a dash of the supernatural. . . . A haunting meditation on what it means to be human and to truly live.”
—Starred review, Publishers Weekly
“Readers will find Delaney delightfully genuine and her story compelling. Put this in the hands of fans of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay and Where She Went.”
“[A] thrilling paranormal romance.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“…a compelling medical thriller-cum-romance that proves to be surprisingly life-affirming.”
— The Washington Post
“a coming-of-age story that doubles as a medical mystery in the vein of an episode of ‘House'”
— The Boston Globe