Young Adult - Sci-Fi
220 Pages
Reviewed on 09/25/2016
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Author Biography

Megan Jacobs is a young adult fiction writer. She currently resides and studies in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Fabricated is Jacobs' debut novel, written while she was still attending high school in Lacey, Washington.

Jacobs' motivation for writing in the YA is simple: as a fan of the YA genre, she was tired of seeing characters who acted nothing like a young adult would in actuality.

She hopes to write many more novels that will resonate with teenagers and young adults who want to see themselves in fiction.

    Book Review

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.

Sefina Hawke

Fabricated by Megan Jacobs is a young adult science fiction novel with some fantasy elements mixed in. Fabricated will appeal most to an audience made up of a mix of young adult females and adult females. The story follows high school student Evelynn as she lives her daily life until she begins to notice discrepancies that interfere with her life. Enter fixers Liam and Isaac who are tasked with making sure people don’t realized that their entire lives are constructed from code and they have actually been in a state of unconsciousness.

Move over Matrix and make room for Fabricated by Megan Jacobs! The book is really a lot like the Matrix series in that the people are living in a state of unconsciousness and their lives are actually code. However, from there the two plot lines split entirely as the fixers are real people and not machines, and the main character is a strong female character. Evelynn's life used to just be a constant annoyance with how her parents have become tired of her and her own peers feel intimidated by her; all this is caused by her desire to live her life the way she wants, no matter what. I really liked the fact that I got to understand the perspectives of both Evelynn and the fixers (Liam and Isaac); this is what really set Fabricated both apart from and above the Matrix series. I am very glad I decided to read Fabricated and I really hope Megan continues to write more books set in this universe!

Katelyn Hensel

Evelynn hates her life, and this is way more than just your typical teenage angst. She can't help but notice that there are little things about her life, her world, that just seem off. These aren't really things she can put her finger on, but she just ends up in a constant state of annoyance. What she will eventually discover is that what she knows as life isn't real. Liam and Isaac's world is real, and they are charged with keeping Evelynn and everyone in the fake reality satisfied in ignorance. Evelynn, and those like her, are pains in their sides and they have to make sure she stays unconscious and living in the code. Fabricated is an interesting take on dystopia by Megan Jacobs that will make you question your own reality.

Fabricated is a really unique type of dystopia. It's science fiction that is really revolutionary. There are some really mind bending moments that push the story into a thriller kind of category. Megan Jacobs has skill with her plotting, as the story never really dragged or rushed, and I enjoyed my journey through it. Dialogue was a little bit stilted in places and it would have been cool to have the characters sort of warm up to each other vocally over the course of the novel, but they did get the job done and you do grow to appreciate (if not like) all three characters of Evelynn, Liam, and Isaac.