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Pam Bachorz
Teen Fiction BACHORZ

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Debut novelist Bachorz delivers a dystopian novel that takes place in the present, giving the genre a fresh twist. In the town of Candor, conformity is law; negative emotions are banished; and residents are fed a steady diet of subliminal Messages-"Respectful space in every place. Avoid physical contact"-that dull any impulse toward creativity, rebellion or even sexual desire. Oscar Banks, the son of Candor's founder, leads a double life. Secretly, he's the town's biggest rebel-he illegally shuttles kids to freedom before the Messages can take hold (for a price)-while on the surface he's "the model Candor boy.... Proof that the Messages work." But when Oscar falls for the new girl, Nia, he's forced to rethink his entire identity. Some of the premise is difficult to swallow, such as that within days, residents of Candor become so addicted to the Messages that even a few hours without them could mean death. But Bachorz needs this high-stakes bit to justify why kids can't simply run away. On the whole, it's a compelling story that quickly becomes a page-turner. Be prepared for a chilling ending. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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