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Fabrick by Andrew Post
Review by Mel Jacob
Medallion Press Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781605425016
Date: 01 November 2013 List Price $9.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Fabrick by Andrew Post is very different from his debut novel Knuckleduster, a gritty conspiracy novel. Fabrick is the first book in a new series for YA readers. The cover design sets the tone for a long hero quest as Clyde, an innocent conscience sponge, and his companions set off to find the killers of his master, Mr. Wilkshire. Initially alone, he soon acquires friends who help toward his goal as they face many unexpected dangers and risk their lives time after time.

Set in a strange world, the novel begins in the city of Geyser on a flat plain atop a geyser, a mile up in the air. Below are extensive mines filled with a unique and valuable stone and large, voracious insects. A usurper rules and has sent the citizens to refugee camps ostensibly to escape the Odium, viscous pirates who attacked the city and killed many before the army and citizens drove off the invaders. However, his true motivation is to avoid sharing any wealth from the valuable deposit.

Clyde has lived with various masters, but none as kind and caring as Mr. Wilshire. His unique ability to hear confessions of bad deeds and give the confessee relief makes others value him. However, it also entails a jinx to that person in proportion to the crime or misdemeanor. Clyde never eats or sleeps and has strange black eyes with no white at all.

The Wilkshire compound is attacked and Clyde is told to hide for three weeks. When he emerges, he finds his master dead. Flan, a Mouflon, a large, powerful, bull-like creature, encounters Clyde as he seeks items to salvage from the mansion. Clyde bribes him with a cake to help him find those who killed his master. Once Flan promises, he must honor his vow no matter what.

As Flan and Clyde flee patrolmen, they hide in a grocery store and meet the Frisk mice, a colony specially bred with a communal consciousness and the ability to link up into a human-like form. Highly intelligent, they help Clyde by discovering his master's identity and clues to his death. They join Flan and Clyde in their search.

The geyser no longer flows, which means electricity to power the city and its elevators is lacking. Flan has told Clyde that to seek the Odium, the suspected killers of his master, they must go to the planet surface a mile below and travel to another city. That requires a working elevator. When they seek one in a hospital complex, they encounter a prisoner. She initially attacks them, but they manage to convince her they are not enemies and free her. She is a fabrick worker with the ability to sew things together and to take herself apart to do so. They find an elevator and in one spurt of electricity put it in motion to take them down to the ground below.

Meanwhile, the usurper learns his prisoner is missing and frees his executioner, who is also a fabrick worker and, like Medusa, can stun his enemies with one glance. He is a vicious killer and brother to the ex-prisoner, the Stitcher. With a troop of patrolmen, he sets out to kill her and those with her.

This novel is the first of YA series and there are other strands set in motion, but not fully developed in Fabrick. Post has created interesting creatures and a fascinating world. The quest is filled with twists and turns and with strange happenings. In many ways, the fabrick people are transformers of themselves and/or others. Each encountered within the novel have different abilities. The ominous ending ensures readers will anxiously await the next book of the series.

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