(This post was written last Sunday)
Hey Blogger Buds,
I finished Candor by Pam Bachorz yesterday, and I want to gush about it while it's still fresh in my mind.
In a town where his father brainwashes everyone, Oscar Banks has found a way to secretly fight the subliminal Messages that turn even the most troubled kids into model citizens. On the outside, he's the perfect Candor teen, and no one knows that he's built an entire business around helping new kids escape before the Messages take hold.
But then Nia Silva moves to town, and Oscar thinks she's perfect exactly the way she is. Soon he must make a choice: let Nia be lost to the brainwashing, or help her stay special and risk himself in the process.
Quicky: Tear-bringer with an incredible lesson and an ending to blow you away.
Ramble:I started Candor on Friday night and finished it Saturday night. It was that good. A book has never made me cry, but Candor came close.
I loved this book.
So, how to review it?
Oscar Banks was a very interesting character, who refused to act like everyone else and be a slave to the Messages. We can learn a great lesson from Oscar: Just because you're always being told to do it, and everyone is doing it, doesn't make it right. The magazine says be a size negative. If you look around, everyone thinks that's the right thing to do. But is it really?
And then he meets Nia. I don't really understand the pull Oscar has to her, what makes him keep thinking about her, but she's such an incredible girl and fully worthy of Oscar's affection. He would do anything for her.
Oscar's father. He's not a real villain. He's just a sad man. But he's not someone you're meant to like. Pam Bachorz balances on that fine line of dislike.
The whole orange thing. The color theme of the book is orange. Look at the cover: white....white...white....ORANGE! More proof about being your own person, an individual.
The plot is brilliant. It's such an interesting idea, of your subconscious listening even when you don't.
Dystopia or realistic fiction? Neither? Both? Your call.
The writing style is it's own. Like no other. Part of this is because the book brought me closer to tears than any other.
And then this beautiful book had to end. It's an ending the likes of which I've never seen. It's a Happily Ever After for the characters, but it leaves the reader unsatisfied. The ending embodies the statement (SPOILERY!!) Ignorance is bliss. I would LOVE to read a sequel.
I got Candor from my library, but it's a book I love so much I want to buy it so I can read it over and over again.
Rating: 8* Too incredible for five stars.
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