Contribute is the YA sci-fi sequel to Consider in the Holo series. The holograms lied to all of Earth, and Alexandra is the only person who knows the truth. She took a leap of faith into the vertex at the last second to tell everyone the truth in 2359. Alex struggles to cope in a seemingly perfect allusion without her anxiety medication, her family, and the knowledge that everybody is lying. She joins the Umbra, a secret rebellion formed by former Earth leaders to take down the holograms and get everyone get back home.
I am glad I bought this book! One thing I loved was Alex's evolution in this book, and in the series. She is terrified and just wants her family and friends and to go back home. Readers watch her evolve from that, out of her shell of anxiety and able to lead the people of Earth. Being the face of Earth is terrifying on its own; this takes pressure to a new level. Honestly, I don't think I would have been brave enough to do some of things she did.
This book also reveals truths about Earth and shows the attitude of people. Most of the humans did not want to go home; they did not want to earn their future. I loved that specific conflict of whether or not truth even matters, and the laziness and selfishness of humanity. However, Contribute clearly showcases that even one person can make a difference and change the planet. This book also teaches a lesson to not blindly trust the government.
I was very impressed at the vast amount of imagery and how much the book pulled me into the world. This is 300 years later, and apparently they figured out how to make light a solid, so their whole world and surroundings are customizable and created entirely by light. Surprisingly, this could be realistic. The Harvard Gazette claimed to have achieved this fate in 2013. They shot a lazer into a cloud of Rubidium that created what they described as "light sabers." Theoretically, it wouldn't be so far off if in 300 years from now we could make furniture out of light. So, I have to give the author credit for coming up with a setting that is is crazy, but also believable.
I highly recommend this series, and I hope the author writes more books!
Read my review of the previous book, Consider!
Author: Kristy Acevedo
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
Series: Yes, Book 2/2
Rating: 5 Stars