Contributor by Nicole Ciacchella


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When the Great Famine threatened the existence of mankind, the Creators saved humanity. Humanity has been their loyal subject ever since.

This history has been ingrained in seventeen-year-old Dara Morrow since her first day of Creator-sponsored school. Grateful for the life-giving necessities her Creator provides, Dara is thrilled to be one of three students chosen for an elite, year-long apprenticeship program. Now is her chance to prove herself a devoted Contributor.

But Dara’s competition is ruthless and will stop at nothing to win the competition. Worse yet, her exacting master has little patience for her.

Then Dara’s mother is seriously injured, and Dara realizes the price of being a Contributor: once you’ve outlived your usefulness, you’re discarded. Can Dara learn to manipulate the system to save not only herself, but everyone she loves?

“Are you still stewing?” Jonathan’s voice broke into her thoughts. “Seriously, Dara, you have nothing to worry about. You’re the best there is, and you know it.”
“I’m not sure that enough anymore, Jon. Things are so, so different from how they were in school,” She said slowly.
“You have to have faith in the system,” he told her firmly. “Remember, the system provides for those that provide for the system.”
“Right,” she said her voice faint. A chill ran down her spine and she shivered, hoping he wouldn’t notice.

Contributor is a solid and engaging YA/Dystopian novel.  Right from the start you pick up where Dara is entering into an apprenticeship program. What I really enjoyed about this story was that the plot is conceivable. People are dedicated completely to the Creators because they are taught to from the start, disposed of if they don’t, and kept from free thinking. The social and psychological aspects of living in a world such as this was clearly thought out by the author and pulled off brilliantly. It was so refreshing to read a YA/Dystopian that didn’t focus on a sappy love story. While Dara does have a boyfriend and their relationship is tested it’s in no way the main focal point of the plot. Instead it’s used as way to show the reader just how ingrained the teachings of the Creators are and how Dara could’ve turned out totally different if it wasn’t for situations that happened to her. I also enjoyed how the author didn’t need to use blood and gore to create an exciting world. As far as characters go they were all likable to me because I was able to understand why they were the way they were and did the things they did. The low point of this book for me was that you are thrown into the plot from the first page. There is no character development in the beginning or world building. I was also hoping for more of explanation to the events that lead up to the world being the way it was. I would definitely recommend this to all those Dystopian lovers AND haters out there. Overall I would give this a 4/5 rating.


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