Friday, February 5, 2010

Recommend Me (2)

Recommend Me is hosted by Kate @ The Neverending Shelf
Recommend Me is a weekly event in which you pick one of your all time favorite reads to share. This could be a book that you read as a child or even finished yesterday. 

To play along, grab a favorite read and tell us about it. You can include
  •  your thoughts about the novel
  •  its summary,
  • your favorite memory related to the novel... the possibilities are limitless.
  • If you are up for a challenge, you can also include: your review of the novel, links to others' reviews of the novel or you can recommend the book to a general group of readers or if you want to be extra daring, to specific reader friends

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This week I recommend:

Candor by Pam Bachorz
Published by EgmontUSA, September 22, 2009

Summary from Goodreads: Oscar Banks has everything under control. In a town where his father brainwashes everyone, he's found a way to secretly fight the subliminal Messages. He's got them all fooled: Oscar's the top student and the best-behaved teen in town. Nobody knows he's made his own Messages to deprogram his brain. Oscar has even found a way to get rich. For a hefty price, he helps new kids escape Candor, Florida before they're transformed into cookie-cutter teens. But then Nia Silva moves to Candor, and Oscar's carefully-controlled world crumbles.

Candor is a dystopian fantasy set in the community of Candor, Florida.  I really enjoyed reading this book because of the narrator.  Oscar Banks is the son of the town's founder, but he does everything he can to rebel against what his father has built. There is a bit of romance, which clouds Oscar's judgement.  The ending is ambiguous, which I actually love because there is more than one possibility for what happens next.

I recommend Candor for those who enjoyed The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

Find out more about Pam Bachorz and Candor at  This is one of the best author/book websites I've seen.  Pam has included links to Celebration, FL - the town that inspired Candor - as well as entries from Campbell Banks' journal and testimonials from Candor residents.


  1. How funny that Celebration was her inspiration. I remember when the started it and it was touted as the ideal re-creation of small town America. Lately, complaints of overly strict regulation of just about everything and strict enforcement of these rules has come to light.
    Thanks for the book recommendations.

  2. Candor does sound pretty awesome, I'll have to request it at my library! :)


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