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Candor by Pam Bachorz
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Jan 19, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult

Candor is the perfect town. All the homes have the latest amenities. Kids study hard. Everyone is happy. Even problem kids turn perfect within weeks due to the soothing environment that pipes music all over town. What they don't tell you is what is actually in that music - subliminal Messages that brainwash anyone who listens long enough.

Oscar knows better. His dad is the creator of Candor, and he knows the secrets of the Messages - including how to fight them. He even makes a tidy business on the side helping new kids escape before they are sucked in. Then he meets Nia, a new girl with a rebellious spirit. He's hoping he can bend his rules to have her stay, yet prevent the inevitable brainwashing. Can he manage it without giving into the Messages himself?

Candor balances a great writing style with an interesting plot that will keep you reading until the last page. Pam Bachorz does a wonderful job in painting this dystopic town in her first novel. Think The Stepford Wives for teens with a twist. Things are not always right when they are perfect.


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