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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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.
However, that was never to be. At least not for me. I really like the premise and the writing of this novel but I didn’t like any of the characters. The adults were underdeveloped and you never really learned all that you wanted to about the origins of Candor. And Oscar. Well he was just plain annoying. I was expecting someone sympathetic. Someone who wanted to fight the good fight, that last bastion of freedom in a place where your every thought is programmed. But Ocsar isn’t any of those things. He is selfish and greedy and really isn’t all that much better than the father who created a town filled with brainwashed kids.
I really wanted to rave about this book but I just can’t. I didn’t see very much in the book to like. But that said I didn’t hate it. I was intrigued and I kept reading to see how it all might pan out. I was shocked by the ending. It wasn’t one that I had expected and so was a nice twist. So while I am not going to be jumping on the Candor bandwagon anytime soon I will be watching Pam Bachorz because I do want to see what she comes up with next. Bachorz is gifted at world building even if I didn’t always like the world that I was in while reading her words. She’s a gifted story teller and I hope that I can click better with her next book then I did with this one.