Thursday, August 18, 2011

Review: Candor by Pam Bachorz

Candor by Pam Bachorez
published by EgmontUSA
256 pages
genra- Realistic Fiction/ Science Fiction
(amazon) (goodreads) (shelfari)
Rating- 4

Oscar Banks lives in the perfect world. Everyone is nice to each other, every one goes to school on time, eats healthy, does all their home work. no one ever fights, or talks back, or stays out late. Only Oscar knows why they feel compelled to be perfect, and Oscar is the only one who is really him self. Being the bosses kid has its perks, like the fact that Oscar knows about the subliminal messages that ate transmitted to every person in the town through the towns music. Oscar fights being perfect, and when new kids come to the town, he gets them out fast before the messages ruin them. Its not until the beautiful, artistic, interesting Nia Silva comes to Candor that Oscar thinks that maybe not every one has to leave, maybe he can teach her to fight the messages and stay herself. If only he can do it without his father suspecting and sending them both to the listening room, a place where the brainwashing is turned up to the extreme, and no one comes out the same.

We'll I can tell you one thing, Candors a place I'd never want to be. Other then the fact that every one doing everything 'right' is super creepy, and I'd loose all originality, I just really wouldn't like that southern Florida heat, lol. But reading it was enough for me, Pam Bachorz did an excellent job with this "Stepford Wives" -like story. There was pain and sorrow, along with the pressure (literally!) to be perfect, and the struggle one feels to stay an individual. even though most of us (hopefully!) don't have whispers in our ears telling us what to do, Candor is more identifiable then one would think.

Possibly the biggest theme in the book was loneliness and the fact that everyone Oscars ever known has left him from his brothers death, and mother leaving, to his friends turning into polo wearing clones. It makes Oscars immediate feelings for Nia, seem less rushed, because he realises that maybe he can have one person maybe not everyone has to leave. That was the strongest aspect of the book, along with the love of course.

 It was love that drove Oscar to his decision at the end of the book. Even though I wish Candor Ended differently, It was logical and ill let it slide this time. But Bachorz better not disappoint in Drought, her newest novel. Which I picked up but haven't gotten around to it yet. worry no longer though, its on my list!

Hmmm anything else to say?... Oh I loved Mandi, Oscars ex girlfriend, even though she was possessive and mean, the constant confliction between her nature and the messages kept me majorly amused. [even though I feel sort of bad at the same time, lol] and there are no words for how I despised Sherman. 'nough said.

go read it. {I actually got my sister and my friend to start reading it, if I can convince them, I think your a good bet also ;) }


1 comment:

  1. Im reading this book for an activity for my school and I have to find ways it connects with culture and Im having a little trouble but I wanted to know if you know some ways it connects


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