Product Details (from B&N website)
- Pub. Date: September 2009
- Publisher: EgmontUSA
- Format: Hardcover, 256pp
- Age Range: 12
Synopsis (from B&N website)In the model community of Candor, Florida, every teen wants to be like Oscar Banks. The son of the town's founder, Oscar earns straight As, is student-body president, and is in demand for every club and cause.
But Oscar has a secret. He knows that parents bring their teens to Candor to make them respectful, compliant–perfect–through subliminal Messages that carefully correct and control their behavior. And Oscar' s built a business sabotaging his father's scheme with Messages of his own, getting his clients out before they're turned. After all, who would ever suspect the perfect Oscar Banks?
Then he meets Nia, the girl he can't stand to see changed. Saving Nia means losing her forever. Keeping her in Candor, Oscar risks exposure . . . and more.
I really enjoyed this book even if it creeped me out. The characters were engaging and I found myself listening longer than I intended to find out what happened next. It was interesting to watch Oscar struggle with the voices he's hearing and decide whether to listen or not to listen to them. The ending actually caught me off guard. That really surprised me. Usually by the end of a book you have a full sense of how it's going to end. I didn't have that with this one. A very nice change of pace.
The premise behind this book kind of freaks me out. It's just plain creepy. These are the kind of stories that scare me. The what if this actually happens. What if somewhere there is a town just like this. Where you don't make your own choices but instead do what you are subliminally told to do? What if?