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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (2 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405250275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405250276
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pam Bachorz grew up in a small town in the Adirondack foothills, where she participated in every possible performance group and assiduously avoided any threat of athletic activity, unless it involved wearing sequined headpieces and treading water.

Pam draws inspiration from the places she knows best: she wrote CANDOR while living in a Florida planned community, and set DROUGHT in the woods where she spent her summers as a child. She and her family currently live near Washington, DC. When she's not writing, reading, working or parenting, Pam likes to go to museums and theater performances, and watch far too much television.

As far as she knows, Pam has never been brainwashed. Or maybe that's just what she's supposed to say.

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Pam Pachorz Pam Bachorz grew up in a small town in the Adirondack foothills and attended college in Boston earning a BS in Journalism, a BA in Environmental Science, a Masters in Library Science, and an MBA. Pam has worked at various media companies managing technology, digital libraries and image acquisition, spending most of her career at educational publishers. Pam recently escaped Florida and has found refuge somewhere near Washington, DC, with her husband and their son.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE on 29 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
Oscar Banks has it all. The only son of the mayor of Candor (a model town in Florida) he's good-looking, top of his class, dates the best looking girl in school and everyone wants to be his friend. He's why desperate parents spend millions buying houses in the town - they want their children to be like him and moving to Candor can make that happen even for the most troubled, rebellious teen.

Oscar knows how the miracle happens - his father has embedded brainwashing Messages into the music that plays all over Candor. The Messages force everyone to change their behaviour and once you've heard them, you have to listen to more or you die. Oscar counters this by burning his own Messages to retain his personality. Huns a black market selling CDs to those teens able to pay and helps some to escape.

Then Nia Silva arrives. A beautiful, gifted graffiti artist, Oscar falls in love with her. But helping her risks exposing his own secrets and his father has a special punishment for those who resist the Messages. Will Oscar risk his father's anger, risk losing everything he has for love, or will he allow himself to lose Nia to the Messages forever?

Pam Bachorz's debut novel is 1984 meets THE STEPFORD WIVES for a teen audience.

Bachorz gives Oscar a strong voice and he introduces the ways and secrets of Candor in an assured way. Too manipulative and self-interested to be likeable, his redemptive storyline (his relationship with Nia) prevents him from being entirely unlikable either.

Unfortunately it's difficult to see what sets Nia apart from the other girls Oscar's met (and, it's implied, taken sexual favours from). Similarly, it's difficult to see what Nia sees in him given that the scenes where they interact lack spark.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Chao on 15 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a book recommended to me by my 13-year old son. Book recommendations from him are rare jewels, so I jump at it when they come. This book has obviously made an impression on my son, less so on me, but it is children's fiction aimed at an audience of age 12 and slightly older so, on that basis, a very well written one.

For a first novel, it is a good attempt. There are details which could do with some fine tuning or editing out. The plot is believable, even if some of the characters are flat and uninteresting. Having said that, I can no longer remember how critical I was at the age of 12. The book is appealing to young readers as it has a central plot with suspense, some humour, and addresses a number of the concerns jiggeting inside any teenager's mind: demands of school, homework, girlfriend, being popular, appeasing parents, being good, keeping secrets.

It is good testimony that a 13-year-old reader would recommend this book. So, to the adult reviewers out there flailing their arms about while spitting negative criticism, I suggest you choose more age-appropriate reading material from now.
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By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Oscar Banks is the perfect boyfriend, the perfect son, and the perfect example of what every child should be like.

Oscar's father is the founder of Candor, an exclusive community where everything is perfect - there is no crime, teenagers do their homework and obey their parents, and everyone lives a healthy lifestyle (since instead of ice cream the stores only sell frozen yogurt and instead of popcorn at the movies they only serve carrot sticks).

Oscar plays the part of the model student perfectly - he has to in order to keep up his cover. Oscar has a way around the system and even developed his own business to counteract his father's effects on the kids in town.

Subliminal messages surround the inhabitants of Candor every moment of their lives. Messages like Academics are the key to success, Keep Candor beautiful, Healthy breakfasts make for smart minds, and Avoid physical contact swirl through their minds, but Oscar has found a way to fight off the effects of the messages.

One day a new girl moves into town. Nia is completely different from everyone else. She is wild and free and Oscar quickly becomes fascinated with her. Oscar can't stand the thought of Nia becoming like the other robots in town and starts to come up with a plan to save her.

CANDOR is an intense story about the dangers of control and the insistence of perfection. Readers will be fascinated with life in Candor and won't want to put the book down. Oscar, even though self-serving at times, is a great character to get to know, and Nia and Oscar's relationship is heartwarming.

In terms of contemporary science fiction, CANDOR is a winner.

Reviewed by: Karin Librarian
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By S. Glassborow on 5 April 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I saw the enticing cover of Candor in the library, and from reading the blurb, was expecting something good in store. I got just that. This unique and chilling story takes us deep into the heart of Candor, a pristine town in Florida. We step into this bright, well kept town only to discover the dark reality behind their model citizens. Messages. Barely noticeable fragments of rules and regulations that work their way inside your head, controlling your every move and thought. Except one boy, Oscar Banks, who can block them out.
He lives a priviliged life; working hard at school, getting straight A's. He dates the hottest girl and everyone wants to be his friend. But all that is about to change, when Nia Silva comes along; a graffiti artist, skateboarding new girl. Oscar's world is turned upside down as he tries to keep Nia safe and shrug off his "good boy" image. But Oscar knows that when rules are broken, punishment is enforced. Will he risk his own safety for just another girl, or is Nia something different entirely...

Pam Bachorz takes us on an amazing journey into a sinister place, guiding us through what seems to be a perfectly innocent town. She reveals the story bit by bit, leaving us on edge, waiting to turn the next page. A brilliant, well crafted story. Great for any age, especially teens.
My only negative point is: where is the sequel?!
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