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Candor Hardcover – September 22, 2009
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
From the first time I heard about Candor, I was intrigued by the plot. Candor is The Stepford Wives taken to a whole new level! I could definitely see Candor being offered a movie deal in the future. It has all the elements of an amazing big screen hit! I also loved the ideas and questions that Candor raises about conformity and family relations. This novel seems to have a healthy balance of popular appeal as well as deeper meaning.
I'm always a little uncertain when I see books that have a main character that is not the same gender as the author. Perhaps it is unfair of me, but I tend to believe that when it comes to characters, a woman writing a male's point of view simply isn't believeable. Perhaps, that goes more for men writing a female's POV or maybe Pam Bachorz has a gift for understanding the minds of men, but I definitely saw Oscar as realistic.
The romance between Oscar and Nia was well written and fit the plot perfectly. Nia and Oscar are both such perfectly flawed characters - their relationship had just the right amount of passion and insecurity.
However, that was never to be. At least not for me. I really like the premise and the writing of this novel but I didn't like any of the characters. The adults were underdeveloped and you never really learned all that you wanted to about the origins of Candor. And Oscar. Well he was just plain annoying. I was expecting someone sympathetic. Someone who wanted to fight the good fight, that last bastion of freedom in a place where your every thought is programmed. But Ocsar isn't any of those things. He is selfish and greedy and really isn't all that much better than the father who created a town filled with brainwashed kids.
I really wanted to rave about this book but I just can't. I didn't see very much in the book to like. But that said I didn't hate it. I was intrigued and I kept reading to see how it all might pan out. I was shocked by the ending. It wasn't one that I had expected and so was a nice twist. So while I am not going to be jumping on the Candor bandwagon anytime soon I will be watching Pam Bachorz because I do want to see what she comes up with next. Bachorz is gifted at world building even if I didn't always like the world that I was in while reading her words. She's a gifted story teller and I hope that I can click better with her next book then I did with this one
Oscar's like a spy in enemy territory, always trying to fit in, with his cover always at risk. This makes for constant tension throughout the book. He has to watch every move he makes, every word that comes out of his mouth. It's tedious work, but he does it well. I'd be exhausted!
Oh, and not only are the kids insanely perfect and zombie-clone-like, but the parents are brainwashed too. And they're aware of the mind wipe going on in the town! Oscar has no allies. Just himself and...and the new kids that move in - but he quickly 'saves' them by moving them out. That is way too lonely a life. I would have gone nuts or escaped.
Enter Nia. Oscar's world is turned upside down.
It's a boy meets girl story. The whole brainwashed town with one rebel is a cool premise. The writing is good. I was on the fence as to whether or not I liked this until the end.
The bitter-sweet end.
If there was a sequel, I would have finished Candor with excitement and anticipation. Since I can find nothing on a possible sequel, I'm left rather depressed. Poor me.
It's a good read, but can't say I loved it. Again, without a sequel, the end really brought me down. This kid sacrifices a lot for the sake of others and in the end... It's not that it didn't make sense or isn't believable but... Okay, trying not to spoil anything but the end is not a completely happy one.
I know a lot of readers like this type of ending but I'm a big wimp. I admit it. I like my happy endings.
Intriged??? I was too. And I do recommend reading this book. It was quick and fairly pleasant...BUT don't get your hopes too high. The romance is too light. For example, whenever they kiss it was kind of like "and she kissed me" and that was it. The romance was laking, maybe b/c it was from Oscar's POV, and I never got the strong feeling that the characters were really in love. In the middle it got a little slow, repetetive (we already know about the Messages) and then came the end. The make or break of this story. It was a bitter sweet ending (which I usually expect from dystopian type books but not YA). I don't mind bitter sweet but it doesn't fit well on a book that's been leaning towards mediocre the whole was through.
I feel like that was harash. There is a plus side. It was a quick read and the concept was very interesting. I loved the style of writing and the world the author created.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely loved this book. Candor is a town that is set up to be a utopia, where everyone is very perfect, model citizens, following all the rules... Read morePublished 17 days ago by MomReaderShopperNJ
This book surprised me as I didn’t expect to like it. Brutal in its simplicity, this is a story full of evil and control that, as unlikely as it sounds, actually stems from genuine... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sue Holmes @Crushingcinders
i like this book alot very cleaver well written omg so good i cant even right now no way onPublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
While I was reading the book I thought it was pretty good with an interesting premise, however, it had several inconsistencies within the story. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jillian Schmutz
Candor was a thrilling novel that kept me at the edge of my seat. The suspense was amazing, and the concept was horrifying. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kelsey Ketch
I do love a great contemp/sci-fi. But many are so similar they begin to blur together.
Pam Bachorz's Orwellian CANDOR, however, stands out, as a fresh and chilling... Read more
I really liked the premise of this book, and I enjoyed it. But it just wasn't the style for me. Clever in following the typical classic dystopian model, with a bathetic ending. Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by Grace Hood-Edwards
I really enjoyed reading Candor. I originally chose it because I needed a book to read for school but then once I started it I really liked it. Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by Bailey