Series: Contributor #0.5
Published by NPC Books on 7-14-2012
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
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When the imminent collapse of the world’s food system threatens to all but eradicate the human race, it’s up to nineteen-year-old Liang Zhang to determine which of his company’s employees will live and which will die.
Liang and the other Job Creators have only weeks to choose which of their staff and families to move into the domes, the last refuges on the barren planet. Despite their best efforts, the Job Creators are unable to keep their selection project under wraps, spurring violent protests against the privileged few.
Now, Liang must race: against starvation, against insurrection, and against his own conscience.
Creators is a prequel to Contributor in which Liang Zhang must struggle with his company’s failure to provide enough food for the world. He must make tough decisions that ultimately ends with the creation of the Zhang dome. This is a short, quick read that really shows the turmoil the world went through and what difficult decisions the job creators had to make in dealing with the food collapse and the solution of the domes.
I really enjoyed this and it gave a lot of good backstory to what what shown in the rest of the trilogy. You really root for Zhang and what he goes through (inheriting the mess from his father), as well as what the other job creators did. You can see how they start with good intentions when first creating the domes. This story is centered on Zhang so we don’t get a whole lot of insight into Magnum other than their creation of transports and security.
This is a good read for anyone who has read the other books and I highly recommend it.