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Contributor (Contributor Trilogy, book 1) by [Ciacchella, Nicole]
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  • File Size: 2357 KB
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  • Publisher: Sweenix Rising Books (January 2, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 2, 2014
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  • Language: English
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In a world consumed by the meticulous drive towards production in order to survive in a post-Famine reality, the Creators, the saviors of mankind are all-powerful and must be obeyed. Ever since her birth, Dara has been told to work towards being a productive, Contributor to society, that everyone has their place in the clockwork precision of their area. Dara has thirsted for prestige ever since, because failure would mean an unsavory job and as a result of that, a dissatisfied, wasteful life. Dara is a budding professional engineer will the kind of skillful attention to detail that earns her a spot in an elite apprenticeship that would seal her fate as one of the most valued members of society, a prime Contributor. It would be her job to ensure the safety of their world, eliminating risks, and making predictions that would prevent catastrophe. The competition is cutthroat, full of manipulation and sabotage that leaves Dara second guessing the nature of humanity. Her handler, a cold woman, determined to be harsh and speak her mind, seems to hate her. Dara knows that as a woman in a competition against men, in a largely male field, she needs to work her hardest to make sure she triumphs and her mentor could be the ticket to that spot.

As the stress of the apprenticeship heats up, Dara’s perfect life starts to crumble and she can’t figure out how to fix it. The boy she thought she loved for years is no longer appealing to her, there’s tension at work, and it’s like she can’t escape the pressure to succeed. When Dara’s mother suffers a horrible accident, she gets an authentic taste of just how little human life means to the Creators. If you’re no longer useful, all of your past goods are dismissed and forgotten.
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From the world of dystopia comes something different - The Contributor. A society set wherein all must either contribute or be nothing at all. Very intense story line with a daunting theme. This is a great read and I can not wait to see what happens in book 2
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I've definitely been on a young adult dystopian kick lately. Hunger Games, The Testing, that Harlequin Teen book that I can't remember the title of but reviewed here and loved, and now Contributor.

While the book doesn't blaze any new paths or offer any uber-big surprises, it's still a well-paced, interesting book that I happily lost myself in for a couple of hours. It didn't hurt that I'm partial to the name Dara. Heh.

There was some pretty sturdy world-building here, which is of course necessary when doing a dystopian. It wasn't made particularly clear how the big disaster happened, but something definitely went vercocky, considering the bulk of the survivors now live in domed cities. And I really liked the whole domed city thing. The one thing that left me a little confused was I didn't fully understand what a Creator was. I got the Job Creator, as in the corporations (heh - considering how much the political scene squawks about big, bad, evil corporations, I found it cool that the corporations pretty much run things), but not a Creator. How did one become a Creator, rather than a Ballast (essentially white-collar workers), Core (menial labor), or Root (exiled from the domes)?
Dara was solid. She had some pretty rough stuff thrown at her, especially when her mom is badly injured, and that injury is the catalyst for her development toward disenchantment with the system as a whole. I liked Letizia (her mentor/master at Magnum Corporation). And lemme say, I hope I never have to deal with competitors for a job like Dara did for the job she had in engineering.
I'm going to look up the next book in the series and I definitely think it's worth your time to read this book. I hope you'll check it out.

Thanks, Ms. Ciacchella!

Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Contributor starts out intense, and just goes uphill from there. Exactly how I love my books. Dara is 17 and given a chance to win an apprenticeship for the head of engineering for her dome, Magnum. She's got 2 very different competitors and a young genius as her mentor. If she can outshine them she will win. Dara is facing stiff and ruthless competition, when suddenly her mother suffers a serious accident. As the pressure steadily increases, Dara begins to question everything she's been raised to believe, and has to decide what's most important to her.

I enjoyed Dara. I enjoyed how she stayed true to who she was, even when it put her at a disadvantage.
Dara starts out sensitive, naive, and idealistic. While she grew a lot in this book, she didn't have to sacrifice the things that make her special-including the things I just mentioned (not all of them at least). I saw a lot of myself at 16-21 years of age in Dara. I think a lot of girls/women will be able to relate to her.

Just a heads up-I read Creators (Contributor 0.5), the prequel to Contributor-and I suggest others do the same. I downloaded it for free. I think I would've been lost as to the who, what, where and why of this book if I hadn't read it before this book. That's the only flaw I found. I agree that the world building was lacking, but since I'd read the prequel I wasn't totally in the dark as to the background. There's still a LOT of stuff that's unanswered-even having read Creators (how exactly did they form, who was involved in the formation worldwide, more detail on how things got so desperate, how many domes were there, etc.). Maybe more will be revealed, but honestly? You're going to just have to focus less on the specifics & enjoy the story as it's laid out. It's a GOOD STORY, has a wonderful message, so enjoy that.

I recommend this to everyone who loves a great book, but strongly suggest you 1st read Creators, especially if it's still free to download.
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