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review 2014-08-15 00:00
Candor
Candor - Pam Bachorz Book Info
Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by EgmontUSA (first published September 22nd 2009)
original title Candor
ASIN B002QX439S
edition language English
literary awards Florida Teens Read Nominee (2010), Cybils Awards Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2009)
other editions (17)
Source:Kindle version borrowed from Public Library

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BOOK SYNOPSIS


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.

My Thoughts


Although many have compared this to The Stepford Wives it reminded me immediately of 1998’s Sci-Fi Horror movie Disturbing Behavior which in a nutshell was about the fictional small town of Cradle Bay transforming its unruly teens into upstanding citizens. Featuring a stellar cast of both unknowns and semi-stars this hour and 24 minute film captured the essence of the book synopsis for Candor perfectly for me.

After reading Candor my initial impressions were reinforced but even with some similarities to the two movies this unique story spun out in a way that underlined that Oscar Banks got a raw deal from the beginning to the end.

Subliminal messages that create compliance notwithstanding there is no way that I personally would have made it one day in a make believe Utopia like Candor, am very glad that this was just a tale of fantasy because to have to live in a perfect controlled environment would be the worst kind of prison as life is meant to be emotional and messy. That said the plot itself was entertaining and enjoyable, if at times a bit too over the top but if you like this kind of fantasy it will make perfect sense from the get go to the end which is all one can ask for.

[Kindle version borrowed from Public Library]
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-01-11 03:53
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Allegiant - Veronica Roth

When starting to read this book I was very warry (not sure on the spelling of that one but I think you get the picture). I had heard some things about the ending. Not specific details but that people didn't like it and that it was a bit shocking. Because of this I did my best not to read anything or watching anything about the book. I'm glad I didn't. Although I knew what was going to happen before it happened I think if I had known right from the beginning the book wouldn't have been as enjoyable as it was. Allegiant was fairly slow starting off. But because of the short chapters it wasn't hard to get into it once the "action" got started. I put action in quotations because there wasn't a whole lot of action in this book. Some people didn't like that about it. They wanted a good ending fight. I'm glad that Veronica didn't include a major fighting sequence in the book. We had already had two, one in Divergent and one in Insurgent. So the ongoing of fighting was beginning to get tiresome in my eyes. 

I give this book 5 stars because not only was it a great book but it was a book that will leave an impact. The Divergent Trilogy has taught many things about our personalities and what it is to be brave, selfless, smart, honest, and peaceful. But Allegiant doesn't just teach of those things but it also teaches us about acceptance and forgiveness. Which are probably the best gifts a book can give it's reader.

**Spoilers**
A few chapters into the book I thought I had the ending figured out. I thought that it would just end up with Tobias and Tris ending their relationship. Because all throughout the books they weren't clicking and through most of the second book and the beginning of the third I was beginning to get very annoyed by their relationship. They just didn't seem comparable. It wasn't until they officially broke up that I realized that they weren't only comparable but they needed each other to survive. I believe that was always Tris' downfall. Tobias always brought out the rational side of her in my opinion. So whenever left to her own bearings her dauntless side would clash with her abnegation side. She would jump at the chance to sacrifice herself even when their were other options. She was acting like a coward trying to find the easiest way out. Especially when she was grieving over Will and the loss of her Parents and technically her brother. But in Tris' last scene when she decided to go into the Weapons Lab instead of her brother she shows true bravery. Not only does she forgive him which shows strength but she goes in knowing very well she could die showing courage. I'm actually glad that the serum wasn't what killed her but that her enemy was her downfall. Maybe that makes me a terrible person but having David be the one to kill her proves that she didn't want to die and that she fought to stay alive. 
**End of Spoilers*

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2013-09-30 15:09
Review: Candor by Pam Bachorz
Candor - Pam Bachorz

Every single time I eat Chinese food, I end up feeling like crap. And yet I still come back for more. Picture the scene: you worked nightshift last night, you've had a total of around three hours sleep and it's now 9pm. It's safe to say you're feeling pretty zoned out, you're hungry, you're exhausted so what do you do? Well, you sure can't be bothered to cook so you reach for the number for the Chinese takeaway. I mean, the place is like a three minute walk away for crying out loud! It's just too easy! So you order way too much food and basically eat your own body weight in satay king prawns and fried rice. And boy does it taste good. All those chemicals and fats and flavourings coursing through your blood stream! Amazing! However ...... The price you pay for this food of the gods? A three day stomach ache. That's right - the last time I ate Chinese food I had a stomach ache for three whole days. And not just a little ache, oh no my friends! Like, I had to take it easy kind of ache. I was trying to clear out the closet in the spare bedroom and my stomach hurt so bad, I had to go lie down. That kind of ache. It prevented me from living my life.

So .... My boyfriend took matters into his own hands. He wrote at the top of the Chinese menu, right next to the phone number "DO NOT order food from here, or any other Chinese takeaway place. It makes you sick EVERY TIME! LEARN!" so that the next time I reach for that number I will be reminded that sometimes, things that seem like a good idea don't always pan out that way.

 

The point I'm trying to make is this is Candor: it seemed like a good idea, an interesting premise, an intriguing plot but in fact turned out pretty crappy if I'm being honest.

So the story goes, Oscar's father is mayor of a town he created from the ground up. A perfect town, housing perfect families living perfect lives, in perfect comfort. But this perfection is not achieved through the good schools, the appealing surroundings and the friendly neighbourhoods. Oh no! This perfection is achieved through secret brainwashing. Messages hidden within music are played constantly to the residents of Candor via speakers covering the town, constantly bombarding everyone with reminders to be respectful, honest and courteous. Everyone is taken in, everyone is transformed into a plastic, artificial, model citizen. Everyone except Oscar who has discovered the truth behind his fathers creation of Candor, and who has a plan for freedom which involves messages of his own .....

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review 2013-04-07 09:00
Candor
Candor - Pam Bachorz A gated community where subliminal messages are used to control everyone in the community, except Oscar, the son of the founder of Candor.
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review 2012-10-09 00:00
Candor - Pam Bachorz Candor - Pam Bachorz I thought that the premise was interesting, but Oscar wasn't that much.When Nia comes into his life, everything changes. And that exactly was what made me not like the story more.Although I think that the ending was executed pretty well. I liked that one a lot.I think that this would be great movie material, but as a novel it just was okay.
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