Nicole Ciacchella
When Dara is chosen for an elite, year-long apprenticeship, she thinks it's her chance to prove herself a devoted Contributor. But when her mother is injured, she discovers the truth: once a Contributor is no longer useful, they're discarded.

About the Author

Nicole has progressed from scribbling in notebooks to banging on keyboards, but she’s never managed to stop daydreaming at inappropriate moments.

When not answering the demands of her characters, Nicole can often be found curled up with a good book or spending far too many hours acting the hero in whatever video game is her obsession of the moment.

One of Nicole’s other great passions is travel. She loves being married to a native Belgian, both because she likes the idea of being “The American” and because it gives her plenty of excuses to visit Europe—that wondrous land of coffee, chocolate, pastry—as often as possible.