Author: Pam Bachorz
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Page Count: 256
Why I read it: sounded good
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.
When I first saw the description for this one, I was excited for what I thought would be another great dystopia book, with moral conflicts and lots of action. And it really wasn't any of that.
The story moved fairly slow. I think so much could have been done with the setting and the idea, but there was a lot of unfulfilled potential here. I thought maybe at least it would get exciting, but it never did, and there was very little pay-off in the end for slogging through the boring.
I didn't care for the main character. I found him unsympathetic, and there weren't any other characters I could like. I wanted so much more from this story, and it wasn't at all what I was hoping for.