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3.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  144 Ratings  ·  50 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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Jun 15, 2012 Shannon rated it it was ok
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
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
Noah Abrams
Jan 09, 2014 Noah Abrams rated it really liked it
"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
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
Jun 07, 2012 Meg Laverick rated it liked it
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,
Jul 16, 2012 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-ya, 2012

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
Adele Broadbent

Zara is in a coma in intensive care after a motorbike accident. Her beloved brother Jem is dead – swerving to avoid a toddler, and hitting a tree.
Broken is the story of Zara struggling back to the surface. Back to her grieving, worried parents, back to her best friend Trace and back to Paul – a boy from her past.
But while she is unconscious she is looking for Jem – in a world of heroes and villains, just like Jem’s comic books. And there is the other business. The woman who asked for directions
Sep 25, 2012 Trisha rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 13, 2015 Dominique rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
This was...alright. It was interesting, but only in the way a fairly predictable first person coma story can be interesting. The comic book element was a cool thing, but it didn't work as well as I think it could have. Also, I read (skimmed) it in about an hour.

Also also, the one part of the story I was actually interested in was barely touched on, talked about constantly, but always in couched terms and unclear language. Maybe it was a little too heavy for the story? I don't know, but it would
Suzie Bookgirl
Mar 18, 2015 Suzie Bookgirl rated it really liked it
Zara is in a coma. She was on the back of her brothers bike when he crashed, killing himself. The story is told by Zara as she lies in her coma. Her thoughts and consciousness jump and jerk around as she endeavors to find her brother Jem and return to the real world. Zara's story jumps between listening to what is happening in her hospital room to a comic world that Jem is trapped in. There are also flashes of before and Zara's young life. This story was confusing but compelling. Not until the e ...more
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
Oct 15, 2013 E. Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Cindy Hudson
Oct 14, 2013 Cindy Hudson rated it liked it
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
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
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
Reading Teen
Oct 08, 2013 Reading Teen rated it really liked it

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
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
Jun 17, 2014 Monica rated it liked it
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
May 31, 2014 Jennifer Stolzer rated it liked it
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.
Apr 01, 2015 Socorro rated it liked it
I am not clear why it was labeled a graphic novel. It does have a few illustrations, but calling it a graphic novel is a stretch. Story was interesting enough, but defiantly aimed at a much younger demographic than I.
Sep 13, 2014 Sherry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 29, 2014 Donna Huber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-ya, for-review
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
Jun 05, 2014 R.L. Stedman rated it liked it
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.
Jul 22, 2013 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2013, bea
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
Mar 17, 2014 Ralala rated it did not like it
dropped at page 72.

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

Demmi Milonas
Apr 23, 2016 Demmi Milonas rated it did not like it
I liked the idea of the story but I just found it impossible to connect with it or with any of the characters.
Apr 26, 2014 El rated it it was amazing
Amazingly beautiful. Very descriptive and captures the readers interest.
Apr 16, 2014 Amy rated it liked it
It was a bit repetitive and the ending was a bit of a let down.
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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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