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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  115 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Critically injured in a motorbike accident, Zara Wilson lies in a coma. She is caught between many worlds: the world of her hospital room and anxious family, and that of her memories and a dream-like fantasy where she searches for her brother Jem. Jem proves elusive but Zara s adventures in her subconscious unlock dark secrets of a troubled childhood. Zara must face up to ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Walker Books Australia
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Shannon
I totally get where the author was trying to go with this and had it succeeded it had the potential to be really awesome but alas, for me, it fell short.

The two "big" incidents of the book were completely unrelated yet the author felt like she was trying to combine them as if one naturally led to the other. I say this because books usually follow the cause and effect formula where one does not introduce something unless it has importance in what will happen later, even if you don't know it at th
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Shirley Marr
This space was occupied by a review of Broken by Elizabeth Pulford. It has since been removed at the request of the author and I will no longer be reviewing anything else by the same author or make any further public comment.
Rachel Lightwood
Normally, I am one of those people that cannot stop half way through a book. I have to find out what happens, no matter how terrible the storyline. I think I only read half the book, but I could manage to make myself read the rest!

It was just terrible! I mean I had no idea what was going on. At times it was written in Zara's (the main character) perpective in her comatose state; at other times it was told through her memories or flashbacks of the past; and other times it was told when she was i
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Noah Abrams
"Broken" by Elizabeth Pulford, is an emotional as well as action packed novel about a young girl named Zara who is in the mist of many things. She is on a mission to find her brother Jem, who apparently is in one of her comic books. She battled hard to find him and nothing could get in her way of doing so. The only thing is that Zara is in a coma from a bad accident that happened.She has a talent of being able "to draw her own present and erase the past." Her going to find her brother dream isn ...more
Laura Martinelli
One of my main arguments for YA books is that it’s much more innovative and genre-busting than what a lot of literary critics would deem it to be. For example, consider the wide appeal of comics/graphic novels/manga with YA readers and teens; it’s not a surprise that there are a lot of authors incorporating artwork into their books as part of the story-telling (see for instance, Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan trilogy.) However, the problem comes when the artwork doesn’t hold up to the work of the ...more
Charlotte
This rating is more in the 3.5-4 star range. The handling of the sensitive subject matter and the attempt to show Zara's journey through it is something that continued to hold my attention throughout this book. However, there were many times I was a bit confused or frustrated with the choppy transitions. Pulford attempts a difficult task here of moving you through Zara's uncouncsiousness. Zara is in a coma after a motorcycle accident and the reader is taken along on Zara's journey to find her br ...more
Meg Laverick
This was a fascinating story. It's built on an interesting premise and the comic book style pictures add well to the overall effect. I also enjoyed finding out the secret the main character was hiding. interesting stuff.

My only real problem with the story unfortunately is something that's impossible to ignore: it's really hard to have an interesting coma patient. the secret about the fate of her brother is revealed to the reader on the first page, making her mental quest to find him a fruitless,
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Jenny

2.5
I really don't know whether I liked this. It's different, thought-provoking and interesting, which is good, but...I'm not sure it works.

Girl is in a coma after a motorbike accident. She shifts between states of consciousness. One state involves her search for her brother through the world of his favorite comic, all the while being pursued by a menacing individual from her past. The next involves her family and friends' vigil at her bedside. Before she can come back she must face her demons
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Trisha
Goodness, this nearly broke me.

Heart-wrenching and confronting. Interesting inclusion of graphic images that not only enrich the narrative, but actually help tell the tale.

Highly recommended.
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Zara is looking for her brother Jem, because she's lost him to his favorite comic book hero. But unknown to herself, Zara's brother is dead and she's in a coma from the motorcycle accident that killed him. Sorting through the traumatic events of her childhood and the recent mistakes of her life, Zara must wade through everything to get to the truth. But inside the world of comics there are villains, who always do everything they can to stop the 'good guys' from winning. Can her family and friend ...more
E. Anderson
BROKEN is a fantastic new novel from Elizabeth Pulford and Angus Gomes that fully takes advantage of the "multimedia" concept. Told partially in prose and partially in graphic novel segments, and accompanied by fictionalized news articles, the story follows Zara's quest to find her brother Jem.

Here's the thing: Zara is in a coma. And while she's drawn herself into Jem's favorite comic book, she is constantly pulled back into her hospital room, where she can hear the conversations of her loved on
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Cindy Hudson
The motorcycle accident that killed her brother Jem left Zara in a coma. Lying in her hospital bed she struggles with understanding why people she knows and loves talk to her as though she can’t hear them. At the same time, her dreams tell her she is trapped inside a comic, drawing her own way out of danger while she searches for her brother.

Zara’s frustration is evident, because everything she seeks seems just beyond her reach. She can’t communicate with her parents and friends, and she can’t f
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Jessica
Broken is the story of a girl who is in a coma after being in an accident. While Zara lays in the hospital unaware of what has happened her only desire is to find her older brother. Unknowing to Zara, who was riding with her brother on his bike when the accident occurred, her brother died.

Broken takes its readers on the desperate journey into Zara's brothers, Jem, favourite comic book. Outwitting villins, fighting past dark memories and out running death Zara needs to confront her darkest thoug
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Miss Bookiverse
Dieses Buch ist ganz nett, die Grundidee interessant und das Konzept sogar recht originell, aber alles geht viel zu schnell und teilweise langweilig vorbei.

Die Protagonistin liegt nach einem Unfall im Koma, kann aber hören, was um sie herum geschieht, z.B. wer sie besucht und ihr was erzählt (Familie, Freunde). Diese Szenen fand ich interessant, aber auch ein wenig frustrierend, weil Zara nie begreift, warum ihr Besuch nicht auf ihre Erwiderungen reagiert.
Dazwischen gibt es Erinnerungen an Zaras
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Reading Teen (Andye)

The first word that comes to mind when I think of Broken by Elizabeth Pulford: Weird. Gosh dang, this was a weird book. But here's the thing: Weird in no way means bad. The truth is that this book is intensely powerful, incredibly emotional, extremely creative, and strangely poetic. Elizabeth Pulford takes a tragic situation, a teen girl in a coma after a terrible accident, and turns it into a gripping and entirely original plot. I can honestly say that I've never read anything even remotely sim
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Kristen
Broken is a story told both in word and in graphic format that shows both sides of the story in Zara's head. Having been in a terrible motorcycle accident, Zara lays in a coma and her one goal seems to be to find her brother Jem. In comic style, she enters the world of her brother's favorite comic book and searches him out. The only problem is that what she needs to reveal to herself is the truth about what happened when she was a child, when she was kidnapped.

As the book unravels, we find Zara
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Monica
I think the idea is good and the concept is really interesting but I didn't get pulled into like I would've liked. The premise is that a young girl is in a coma after a bike accident and she is looking for her brother who was killed in this same accident (even though she doesn't know it at the time).

The mixed medium is cool, and it might be a good way to introduce death to a younger crowd. It was a nice read.
Jennifer Stolzer
A little short, but a clever idea executed in a clever way, using visual cues.

I wish it was longer to more deeply develop the gravity of the main character's situation, so that we could travel deeper into her psyche.
Sherry
Much potential with the story line but difficult to follow with all the jumping around of present day, flashbacks, repressed memories, and dreams. Loved the mash up of bits of graphics within the text.
Donna Huber
I loved books like The Face on the Milk Carton when I was a tween/teen and Broken would have ranked right up there with the books I devoured. An interesting concept adding in the comic book sketches. Full review soon.
R.L. Stedman
Interesting story, about a girl recovering from a coma. I really liked the innovative use of graphic art to partly show the almost hallucinatory aspects of brain recovery.
Wendy
This is a complex, multi-genre novel about a girl dealing with tragedy in her life. Zara and her brother Jem have just been involved in a motorcycle accident, and Zara now lies comatose in a hospital bed. Intermixed with searching for her brother within his favorite graphic novels, we get stories from Zara's past along with the words of her family and friends as they visit her bedside. Zara must come to terms with what happened to her as a child in order to gain the strength to handle the afterm ...more
Ralala
dropped at page 72.

didn't really like the combination of perceptions/worlds that the author choose to narrate the story with.

El
Amazingly beautiful. Very descriptive and captures the readers interest.
Amy
It was a bit repetitive and the ending was a bit of a let down.
Lorraine Orman
This isn't an easy read - but then again, it's not meant to be. Zara is a teenage girl lying in a coma - but we, as readers, are able to follow her thoughts, imaginings, and memories as she lies in the hospital. Several themes are slowly unravelled, including her worry about her brother (she is hunting him through an imaginary landscape) and an early childhook trauma (Zara was kidnapped as a child). The intermittent comic book illustrations are an interesting variant on plain text. It's edgy, su ...more
Olivia
Twas rather good...
Abbie
I started this book when I was in a very busy time with school, therefore it to be put on the back burner for a while. I think that accounts to the reason on why it took me a little bit to get into. I enjoyed the book, but I thought it was very busy and that there was too much going on.I also felt that it was a bit repetitive. It was a quick read and was a good book.
Mollyflowers
I found the comic book illustrations used throughout the novel are a very unique feature. The writing on the other hand as one reviewer might have mentioned is confusing. There are two main storylines, the accident leading to the coma and an earlier "childhood trauma", the author tries to mash them together into one even though they are unrelated. I came way from it like... what? Anyway, I thought the relationship between the two siblings was sweet, but it was trying to do way too much in my opi ...more
Miss B
A multimodal text that runs with several stories that you soon realise are all the one story, the story of Zara. Zara is in a coma after a motor bike accident. The story unfolds via the the snatches of newspaper articles that are interspersed throughout text, the conversation that she hears from those family and friends who visit her, the memories that she has of her beloved brother and the fantasy comic book story that she drifts into and out of. A clever book and quite a page turner.
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Elizabeth Pulford was born in Hamilton, Canada, but was brought up in New Zealand from the age of two. She began writing in her early 40s. Since then her publications have included articles, poetry, short stories in newspapers, magazines and on the radio. Many of her adult short stories have won national competitions. Her children’s books range from early readers through to YA novels—three of whic ...more
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