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THE PREDICTEDS by Christine Seifert

THE PREDICTEDS

By Christine Seifert

Age Range: 13 & up

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4022-6049-0
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

An experimental computer program's predictions on students' future behaviors interfere with one teen's quest to date her crush. 

New girl in town Daphne Wright has the bad luck to start her first day at new school Quiet High by vomiting before witnessing a school shooting. Instantly accepted by the popular girls despite her lack of interest in them, she fits easily into the Bella Swan mold by falling for the mysterious, handsome misfit Jesse. And she falls for him literally—her coordination has an inverse relationship to proximity with him, giving him endless opportunities to play hero. But aside from a convoluted social scene populated by too many nearly identical background characters, the biggest obstacle to their young love is PROFILE, a software application designed to predict future antisocial behavior. Quiet High, the test location, decides to release the list of Predicteds—teenagers technologically designated for a life of crime and violence—to the general public to prevent more incidents like the school shooting. When the mixed messages Jesse gives off are combined with his results, Daphne is torn as to whether to trust the computer or her heart. Although weakened considerably by dated pop-culture references, the narrative is at times witty. 

While it tries to address the ethical problems of social engineering, the novel's concluding twist only highlights the lack of logic in both premise and tension. (Science fiction. 13 & up)