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Candor by Pam Bachorz
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Jan 18, 2011

did not like it

This one was hard for me to rate. It was alright, I suppose. It told a tight story with an interesting enough cast and genuine-sounding first-person narration. For me, however, I think this one suffered from the dreaded comparison disease. I found "Candor" while searching for dystopian fiction on Amazon.com, and the reason that I was on the hunt for dystopian work in particular was my love for Suzanne Collins's "The Hunger Games" series. "Candor" is no "Hunger Games," probably in more ways that one, but there was one particular item of comparison that, having been thoroughly spoiled by "The Hunger Games," soured me on this offering: the stakes. "The Hunger Games" was a life-or-death struggle with some romance thrown in; "Candor" was a romance with a dystopian setting in the background. My introduction to the dystopian genre was a world in which the main character is both fighting for her life/the lives of her loved ones and wrestling herself to figure out who she really is. With that kind of intensity and depth as a first course, it's no surprise that a second course like, "can the narrator save his girlfriend from having her mind whipped so he doesn't lose her," would taste a little watery and thin. I’m still glad that I was introduced to the genre, but if you’re in the mood for a really good dystopian, consider re-reading “Mockingjay” rather than buying this.

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sara frances wow, really? i think i'd rather die in an arena match then spend the rest of my life as a mindless zombie! oscar may be alive but he is certainly not living.

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