Book View: The Predicteds

Book View: The PredictedsThe Predicteds by Christine Seifert
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on September 1st 2011
Pages: 342

Your future is not your own...

"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.

Short and Sweet:
What if there was a program could predict that could bad things before it happened? If it knew who the "bad apples" were and could allow for possible future situations to be avoided? Questions such as these make up a large chunk of The Predicteds. Should we know? If we do know, how to we use this information?
The Predicteds was a conflicting read. On one hand, I loved the possibilities for the book. Futuristic science and human nature trying to go hand in hand, it is just a recipe for disaster. And The Predicteds did a wonderful job of displaying that. But on that other hand, the book took so long to get where it needed to be. The overall pacing, while not a disaster, seemed to crawl for a good portion of the book.
Final Verdict:
The Predicteds was a book that had its moments. Fantastic concept. Wonderful characters. Yet the pacing dragged the book down. If the pacing had been a bit more upbeat, then the book would have been much more memorable to me. As it is, I enjoyed the book overall. But felt like it took me a lot longer to get through it then it probably should have.
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