Written by: Pam Bachorz
Release date: September, 2009
Source: Received for Review, Egmont Books
Oscar Banks has everything under control. In a town where his father brainwashes everyone, he's found a way to secretly fight the subliminal Messages. He's got them
all fooled: Oscar's the top student and the best-behaved teen in town. Nobody knows he's made his own Messages to deprogram his brain. Oscar has even found a way to
get rich. For a hefty price, he helps new kids escape Candor, Florida before they're transformed into cookie-cutter teens. But then Nia Silva moves to Candor,
and Oscar's carefully-controlled world crumbles.
Candor reminded me of the movie Stepford wives. A rich suburb where the men have perfect housewives and perfect lives, but they all have one terrible secret. The difference with Candor is that the town does not have perfect housewives, but perfect children.
Oscar was a fine character and I could not imagine how hard it must be to keep such a secret from the one person you love the most. I thought he handled the situations that came on his path very well. The thing I did not like about him, was that he waited too long to tell the girl he loved about the secret. I believed he should have told her about the secret right away.
Even though Oscar was a fine character, there could have been more character development. Nia was lacking some depth and therefore I could not see what was so likeable about her. She was too dark for my taste and very distance. I also could not feel the love and the connection between Oscar and Nia. Falling in love is one thing, but saying you love the girl was a little bit too fast.
The pacing of the story is slow and the suspense builds up very nice. You keep wondering if Oscar is going to tell her soon and if they are going to escape. The plot of the story was nice, it could have been better with more action scenes. But I did found it very unique!
I did not enjoyed the ending of Candor. And not because it was bad or anything like that, but just because I had something different in my mind.
Overall I really enjoyed reading Candor and I do hope there is going to be a sequal.
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