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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Fabricating Humanity is an apocalyptic science fiction and fantasy novel by author Ari Officer. Focusing on a future prediction of technological singularity, seven humans are thrown into a horrific future world where sentient machinery rules over biological life. Though there are few of the social problems we experience today, humans are totally helpless without their technology, and the sentient machines have become aware of the power they hold over the human race. A small group of humans is humanity’s only hope, resorting to old values of heroism and honour in an attempt to reverse what has happened. They must trust in the Fabric of Time to aid them, despite its own mysterious workings.
Ari Officer has produced an engaging and intelligent narrative for those who prefer thinking books to out-and-out action tales. Political, economic, social, and environmental factors are all carefully considered in this chilling vision of the future, where the overuse of technology really holds a mirror up to real life society today. Officer’s characters come from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, making for an interest mix of viewpoints on the issues which they face. At heart, however, they all embody the true spirit of humanity, and there’s an important message about human endeavour at the novel’s core, however futile or misguided it may be. God, the Universe, and the concept of the consciousness are deeply explored within the story’s winding and unpredictable plot, which had a few surprises that I wasn’t expecting towards the end. Overall, Fabricating Humanity might not be for everyone, but for those keen to explore mind bending concepts and deep philosophy, I’d highly recommend it.