Fractalistic may enable Winter to communicate with her deceased mother, but it might also unleash more mysterious memories buried within Winter’s mind.
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Author: Gerardo Delgadillo
Publication Date: July 9. 2019
Publisher: The Parliament House
Page Count: 308
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Paranormal
Cover Artist: Shayne Leighton
My Rating: ★★★★
I received a copy of this book from The Parliament House in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.
All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.
Content Warning: Death, Mental Health, Alcohol Abuse, Grief
It’s been a tough view for us since Mom died; it brought sorrow to our souls.
A book like this is a unique find. Not only does the author have a recognizable voice, he weaves a bit of everything into these pages. Immediately, one will find that this book falls directly into categories that need more books in them! This YA read is set in Mexico, and features a culturally diverse cast, includes a decent amount of Spanish (with translations), and opens the doors to dive deeper into its surroundings and culture. While I wasn’t certain beforehand what this book was actually about, I was initially quite drawn by the title of this book. I haven’t come across anything quite like it, and thought, chyeah! It turns out that fractals are science/mathematical figures that are the key to Mr. Gutan’s computer program, Fractalistic. While there are some science”y” and mathematical references throughout this story, they weren’t overwhelming, nor did they overshadow the rest of the story with heavy jargon and details. Details that were necessary were given in the perfect amount of summation.
Winter Gutan is a teenager and the main protagonist, who recently moved to Mexico with her parents to find a doctor who could heal her mother. Sadly, her mother did not make it, and Winter has been dealing with her death since. The plotline focuses on this aspect in detail, and it continues to unfold as the story develops. Her process of healing could probably have been easier if her father hadn’t began abusing alcohol. Or, that she hadn’t actually seen her mother’s ghost since her passing.
Amidst this, Winter appears to be the typical teenage girl. Caught between two different cultures, she learns way of life for a teenager in Mexico, which are very different than back in the U.S. Winter makes friends and “allies,” in a way, to navigate the complex waters of adolescence. It was incredibly refreshing that all of the characters that are introduced have layers of depth in Fractalistic. Each story has a developed backstory that links to another story–which was very enjoyable to read.
Fractalistic reads like a standard young adult contemporary book, but definitely includes some unique twists and elements which definitely spices up this take on the genre, in my opinion. For someone that doesn’t typically read contemporary fiction, I found this vibe to be very palatable.
All-in-all, I really enjoyed Fractalistic. I thought it was unique, and did such a great job and incorporating a lot of real-world experiences while peppering in the fantastic. I also loved how the story ended on such a positive note, given the context. My only desire was that there was more explanation in how the fractals worked. But, in all reality, it may have just gone over my head.
Sexual content: Kissing.
My Rating: ★★★★
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