The Predicteds

Title: The Predicteds
Author: Christine Seifert
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: Sept. 1, 2011
paperback, 342 pages
ISBN: 1402260490 
ISBN 13: 9781402260490
Genre: YA 
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Summary: "We wanted to know what makes a good kid good and a bad kid bad. Can you blame us for that? We found an astoundingly, marvelously simple answer: The brain isn't so much a complicated machine as it is a crystal ball. If you look into it, you will see everything you want to know."
-Dr. Mark Miliken, senior researcher at Utopia Laboratories
Who will it be?
Will the head cheerleader get pregnant?
Is the student council president a secret drug addict?
The whole school is freaking out about PROFILE, an experimental program that can predict students' future behavior.
The only question Daphne wants answered is whether Jesse will ask her out...but he's a Predicted, and there's something about his future he's not telling her.

My thoughts:

What would you do if scientists could predict your future? Would that change the way you view the world? What if one of your friends was predicted to commit a violent crime? Would that change the way you look at them? The Predicteds  by Christine Seifert explores some possible answers to these questions.

After a school shooting leaves a community in shock, citizens in the community surrounding Quiet High urge officials to publish the results of PROFILE. PROFILE is a test that can determine your future. Specifically if your future has anything to do with drugs, pregnancy or worse.  This test seems to be on everyone's mind except for Daphne Wright. Daphne is new to town and she has no idea what PROFILE is and why everybody is talking about it.  Daphne soon learns that she's at a test school for this new program. She doesn't really trust this program but it makes her start to doubt the people around her.

The characters in this book were good but typical. You had the jerky high school jocks, the loners, the mean girl wannabes, and the goody-goodies. Daphne doesn't really fit into any of the categories but she tends to  hang out with the wannabes. She's also attracted to Jesse. Jesse is the mysterious guy that has a lot of secrets but he's also really dreamy so of course, Daphne is totally into him. One of the most interesting characters, in my opinion, is January. January's brother is the one who commits the shooting. I liked how the author portrayed her and the affect it had on her life. 

The Predicteds by Christine Seifert is a fascinating and compelling novel. The premise of this book is very thought provoking. I was engrossed in the story-line. I kept reading to find out how the story was going to play out.  I could see both sides of the argument over the predicteds. On one hand you want to keep the kids safe but on the other, there are so many issues that arise. I like how the author analyzes the different sides to this argument. This is an intriguing book that I would definitely recommend.

*This book contains violent situations and underage drinking. 

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  3. First, loving the cover/font combo. Second, while I was worried about the story a bit, the added "what's he not saying" part has me curious. Looks like it won out in the end....may have to check it out. Thanks for sharing your reading adventure! ^_^

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