Review: Contributor (Contributor Trilogy, Book 1) by Nicole Ciacchella

Contributor coverDara has trained since the age of 3 for the day when she can become a Contributor, and give back to Magnum, the Job Creator which owns the dome that shelters her and her parents from the wasteland outside. Now an apprentice, she has been chosen for an elite program and the chance to become the assistant to the Head of Engineering. Her boyfriend is in line for a prestigious position in Logistics. Life is good.

But somehow, her education has not prepared her for the level of cutthroat competition between herself and the other candidates. Dara must become just as ruthless as they are if she is going to survive this process. When her mother is injured, Dara begins to question the system in ways she never has before. And when she and her mentor are involved in an accident that leaves them stranded outside the dome, the things she learns leave her with more questions than answers.

Contributor is a well-crafted dystopian story, more subtle than most. Nothing is outlawed; but many things are disapproved of. This story will appeal to fans of dystopias who are ready for something a little more nuanced than the outright tyranny of stories like The Hunger Games.

Recommended for grades 6 and up – some language, kissing.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received the digital ARC of this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. This review has been posted in compliance with the FTC requirements set forth in the Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (available at

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