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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Fabricated is a young adult science fiction novel written by Megan Jacobs. Evelynn Grace was not exactly your typical disaffected teenager. She went a bit further than that. Evelynn was not terribly impressed with her life in Michigan, nor was she thrilled with her school or family life. She basically went through the motions, but with a decidedly negative attitude. Evelynn did have one long-term acquaintance who could be considered a close friend, at least by her. She and Gabriel first met as the two new kids in town back when they were in the sixth grade. Gabriel made other friends as they progressed through to high school, and, if truth be told, was not altogether comfortable with his prickly and somewhat toxic friend. Then she started acting even more strangely than she normally did. Evelynn's world seemed off-base somehow, and her sense of disorientation caused her to act out even more than she normally did. First, there was a dog house in her neighbor's yard with a mailbox on top of it, and then, there was Victor. Victor was all sharp edges and decidedly dangerous, and she knew he shouldn't be there.
Megan Jacobs' science fiction novel for young adults, Fabricated, is set in a future where the inevitable apocalypse has been averted through a technology wherein each participant becomes the fabricator of their own world. Those inside the vast computer system that holds the dreamers in their world are monitored by the volunteers, known as fixers, who watch for glitches. A dangerous job taken on by teams of two who become closely bonded. When Evelynn's fabrication is attacked by a particularly virulent glitch, she's taken out of the system and introduced to the outside world. It's wonderfully ironic that the disaffected teen, when faced with the truth, seeks to return to that world she so disdained. Jacobs' future world is institutionally stark and sterile, and I couldn't help but cheer as the glitches began to unravel the bureaucratic system in place. Jacobs gives the reader lots to consider in this thought-provoking story, and her characters are marvelous, especially Evelynn's fixers, Liam and Isaac. Fabricated is an intriguing and well-written alternative to the post-apocalyptic science fiction sub-genre, and it's highly recommended.