Candor by Pam Bachorz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Stepford lives - not an incredibly original concept, but interesting execution. Candor (yep, intense irony alert) is a town in Florida created by a man whose reality is just too difficult to bear after his eldest son dies in a freak diving accident. If only Winston had listened!
So off the family goes, to a world created by subliminal Messages programmed by Campbell Banks (wonder if the name is a deliberate riff on the family from Mary Poppins)... except they drive Mom away and Oscar is able to reprogram not only his brain but those of others with enough money to pay for his Special Messages. Oscar's cockiness at being able to fool his father and the rest of the town telegraphs his fall loud and clear.
Since most teens have never heard of Stepford (except perhaps as a bad Nicole Kidman movie), this will definitely appeal. And perhaps make them wonder about those seemingly goody-goodies in class.
View all my reviews