Book 1 of the ya dystopian/ya post apocalyptic Contributor trilogy.
When the Great Famine brought the world to the brink of an apocalypse, threatening mankind's existence, 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?
Although the story started out a little slow (for me), when it grabbed me- I couldn’t quit reading! Dara’s growth in the span of a year was incredible. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.