Series ~ Contributor, #1
Author ~ Nicole Ciacchella
Publisher ~ NPC Books
Published ~ 1 January 2012
Genre ~ YA/Dystopian
*Book source ~ Won a copy in a LibraryThing giveaway. Many thanks to LibraryThing and the author.
My Rating ~ 4 bites and a nibble out of 5
Dara Morrow is a 17-yr-old living in the Magnum Dome. After finishing school she is in competition with three other engineering students for the position of Assistant to Head of Engineering Andersen. Living in a dome means everyone must contribute and Dara is anxious to prove herself. When her mother is injured and she herself is the target of malice she begins to question her life in the dome and those who run it. Questioning the Creators is a very dangerous thing, so what is Dara going to do? She’s smart but does she have what it takes to survive in this cutthroat environment?
The beginning of this story was a tad confusing until I figured out who was who and what was what. After that it was a race to the end to see how Dara handled all that was being thrown her way. Well-written with excellent characters I was on the edge of my seat almost the entire book.
The idea of living in a dome in order to survive the wasteland that is Earth was bleak to say the least. Looking outside my window I can’t imagine not being able to go outside under the blue skies, feel the sun on my face and breathing all that nature has to offer. Well, except skunks or the random dead animal. Those I could do without, but you get the idea. However, Dara grew up in a dome and didn’t know any other way to live until her eyes were opened. What has been seen cannot be unseen, what has been learned cannot be unlearned and I am anxious to see how Dara manages the new direction in her life in the next book.
If you liked The Hunger Games or Matched I think you might like Contributor.