Thursday, March 6, 2014

Candor by Pam Bachorz Book Review

Candor by Pam Bachorz
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance

In the model community of Candor, Florida, every teen wants to be like Oscar Banks. The son of the town’s founder, Oscar earns straight As, is student-body president, and is in demand for every club and cause.

But Oscar has a secret. He knows that parents bring their teens to Candor to make them respectful, compliant—perfect—through subliminal Messages that carefully correct and control their behavior. And Oscar’s built a business sabotaging his father’s scheme with Messages of his own, getting his clients out before they’re turned. After all, who would ever suspect the perfect Oscar Banks?

Then he meets Nia, the girl he can’t stand to see changed. Saving Nia means losing her forever. Keeping her in Candor, Oscar risks exposure . . . and more.

Review +Rating
3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Imagine living in a place where everything you do is controlled, and you didn't know it. That's what Candor is. Candor is a place where only happy families live. They never question authority that enforce it. There's no cheating, arts, no individual thought the messages make sure of it. But there's Oscar, son of creator of Candor and he has his own thoughts even though he knows he's not supposed to, the messages should have stopped them.
What an intriguing plot, I was scoping this one out for a while and I finally found it at the library. I was sort of apprehensive because I didn't really enjoy Bachorz' other novel about water and drought but this one is more my speed. 

The plot is easy to follow and definitely interesting. It pulled me right in. The idea of being controlled by subliminal messages is very realistic, even if the idea is scary.

Oscar is a pleasable mixture of good and bad. I liked that about him. I liked that his character fought against the norm even if he did it in secret. Nia is a newbie and she's exactly what the town doesn't want and she doesn't care. Her blatant and obvious disregard for the "Candor" way gives the story edge. You can't help but wonder what she'll do next.

I'm pretty happy with the story although I really would have liked for story to end differently but I don't think it messes up the story the way the author chose to end it. I think readers will like it because the plot is so unique. Its quick to read and enjoyable.

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