Author: Pam Bachorz
Publication date: September 22nd, 2009
Everything is perfect in the town of Candor, Florida. Teens respect their elders, do their chores, and enjoy homework... because they're controlled by subliminal messages. Only Oscar, the son of the town's founder, knows how to get kids out - for a price. But when Nia moves into town, Oscar is smitten. He can't stand to see her changed. Now he must to decide to help Nia escape Candor and lose her forever, or keep her close and risk exposure...
I loved the concept of this book, how a whole town is controlled by messages. It started off a bit slow for me, but I think that was needed in order to introduce the town and how everything works. I wasn't a huge fan of the main character at the beginning, but as I read more and other people began to come into the picture, I started to like him more. Even though all of the characters are brainwashed, they still manage to have their own personalities. The whole book is very thought-provoking, and the ending was somewhat of a twist but at the same time fit perfectly. If you're looking for an intense, unpredictable book, Candor is for you.
Overall grade: A