Candor by Pam Bachorz.
Imagine Stepford Wives from a teen perspective. Imagine a perfect town where teens love to do homework, obey their parents, always eat healthy, and never question authority. This is the town of Candor.
Candor, an engineered town where the residents are controlled by subliminal messages such as “Parents Always Know What is Best for their Children,” or “One must be careful to maintain a balanced diet.” Personally, I could use the always eat healthy subliminal message on a daily basis. Free will from the residents is gone and they are completely controlled by the daily messages.
If someone gets out of line, they get a clean slate by going to a reprogramming room.
One teen knows the secret and how to beat it. The founder’s own son, Oscar, who uses this knowledge to his own personal gain. A secret he keeps to himself while he maintains his “perfect” image.
Things change when a new troubled teenager named Nia arrives in town. In this book, you will see the power of love and a difficult choice a teenager has to make in his journey to struggle with defiance or conformity.
The book ending left me wanting more, which I won’t go into because I don’t want to spoil the book for you. I’m hoping this is the beginning of a new series.
While living in Celebration, Florida, Walt Disney Company’s “perfect” town, Pam Bachorz came up with the idea to write Candor. This is her first novel (of many, I hope.)