Back with an OUTSTANDING young adult book for you to feast your eyes on. It’s called Candor, and it’s mighty good reading.
First off, YES, I received my copy free of charge. I was a bit reluctant to even get started reading, because I’m not a big fan of sci-fi, but boy, am I happy I gave this one a chance.
Five Stars just aren’t enough for the book that has everything. And Candor, by Pam Bachorz, definitely has everything. There’s mind control. Extortion. Imprisonment. Downright evil… I’m telling you, Candor has more twists than a bowl-ful of pretzels.
Candor is the story of the absolutely perfect town of Candor, Florida, where the houses, the stores, the schools—even the shrubbery, are all riddled with hidden speakers that pump subliminal messages into the gullble minds of squeaky-clean teenagers 24 hours a day.
High school senior Oscar Banks—whose bitter father founded the town—is the only person who has managed to escape Candor’s mental prison. So far. Like all the other teenagers, Oscar is mannerable and obedient, and takes great pains to never bring attention to himself. But Oscar is living a double life; when he’s not feigning mind-numbing obedience, he’s de-programming select teens and helping them escape Candor’s evil influence. For a price, of course. Always for a price.
Everything is perfect for awhile, especially since the teens he helps come from wealthy families and pay him a hefty price for his assistance. But one day a rebellious girl with a dark and shameful secret comes to town, and Oscar’s world is turned upside down. His intense attraction to her is so distracting, he starts making mistakes. Suddenly he must choose to save his own hide, or help her escape and risk blowing his cover.
Oh, how I wish I could give this book more stars! Bachorz’s delightfully urgent, desperately in-your-face style of writing is a breath of fresh air for the sci fi genre. Truth be told, I’m no fan of sci fi, and yet this book kept me turning pages and biting my fingernails to the bitter end.
Don’t miss this one. The industry will probably be buzzing about it for a long time.
Best wishes and happy reading!