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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA; Reprint edition (December 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606841351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606841358
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pam Bachorz came up with the idea of writing Candor while living in Celebration, Florida, the perfect new town built by the Walt Disney Company.  Something about its perfection made her uneasy and prompted her thought, "What if...?" which led to her subversive teen take on the traditional sci-fi trope. You can visit her online at www.pambachorz.com.  Visit the community of Candor, Florida online at www.candorfl.com.
  

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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.

Customer Reviews

When I read the synopsis of this book I just knew that I wanted to read it.
Nana
I do love a story with lots of stunning reversals and surprises, and there were some really good surprises at the end of the story.
Madigan McGillicuddy
It was very well written, and the characters were developed so well, especially for a short novel.
Samantha Clanton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sara VINE VOICE on October 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Candor was a wonderful debut from author Pam Bachorz! Filled with suspense, secrets, and forbidden romance, Candor grabbed my attention right from the first chapter!

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.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Irish of Ticket to anywhere on November 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Candor is a book that there was a lot of early buzz about. All over the the blogs and twitter there it was talk of this amazing new book. It then became a book that I had to have. I needed to learn more about this town and kind of person who would brainwash his own son just to have the perfect society. Reading the book I kept waiting for that WOW factor. The moment which would seal my love for Candor so that I could join the hordes in proclaiming its brilliance.

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
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa M. Kirk on March 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
No paranormal elements, which normally isn't my thing, but this is enjoyable. The pacing is slow, but somehow it works for Candor.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By curlgurl2007 on November 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Candor is the name of the town Oscar's dad created after his brother died and mother left. It's a town where Messages control the citizens. Where rich parents bring there messed up kids to get fixed. --Stepford Wives meet Young Adult. And Oscar is the town's shinning example of perfection. Except he has a secret. He knows all about the Messages and he works hard to keep them from effecting his brain. He also, for a price, he helps other teens escape from Candor. Then Nia comes along. At first he thinks he'll help her escape, making some easy money. Then as he gets to know her and likes her and he wants to keep her in the town for himself. Things eventually blow up and Oscar must decided whether to risk exposer (which would mean being sent to the "listening room") and save Nia by helping her escape or keeping her and letting them change her forever.

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.
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