Here's what the publisher has to say about it:
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 have no idea how I missed this book when it came out, but a friend recommended it and OMG. It's fresh, page turning, and elegantly told. There's a million and one dystopian novels popping up on the tails of The Hunger Games, and this one sets itself apart from the pack in all the best ways.
For one thing, it's set in the present day, in a town that could be any of ours, which adds a whole new level of tension. I'm not sure I'll ever look at hidden speakers playing music (can we say Disneyland, anyone?) the same way again.
It also shatters the lame misconception that male main characters in YA are a bad idea. This story wouldn't work in any other POV, and Oscar is an excellent character. His voice is spot on--he sounds exactly like a teenage boy--and he's genuine and likable. I sincerely hope there will be a sequel so I can spend more time in Oscar's head. It's an awesome place to be.
So if you're a fan of suspense, dystopian, or cute boys I highly recommend you run to your nearest bookstore and pick up a copy. Here's hoping we can send a message to the publishing industry that male main characters are just as marketable as females. And no, I don't mean a subliminal mind control Message. If I'm going to create one of those it's going to be about buying middle grade fantasy, especially a book written by Shannon Messenger. ;)
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