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. But then Nia Silva moves to Candor, and Oscar falls in love. He must choose whether to let Nia be lost to brainwashing—or to sacrifice himself.
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
getting away with something
What turns you off?
having to obey
What is your favorite curse word?
The Messages make it too hard to curse. Usually it's not worth the effort.
What sound or noise do you love?
The scrape of my girlfriend Nia's skateboard coming down the sidewalk.
What sound or noise do you hate?
The Messages, crawling around in my brain 24-7. I hate them all and I hate my father for putting them there.
What profession would you like to attempt?
I never really thought about this until you asked. But I'd like to be a scientist so I can find a way to break the Messages' grip on people's brains.
What profession would you not like to do?
My father thinks I'll be taking over the family biz of building a town that controls all its residents. Never.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
I'd like God to tell me there will be zero background music in Heaven. In Candor, you never escape the music--or the Messages.
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