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The Predicteds by Christine Seifert
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Dec 05, 11

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Read from September 02 to 03, 2011

Can a person's entire life, including actions and thoughts, be predicted based on DNA? In this book, they can - fascinating! After a Columbine type situation, Daphne's high school tests everyone to see if they are "Predicted." This would allow school administrators to weed out the bad kids who are more than likely going to commit crimes or just generally turn into a troublemaker on down the road. Everyone is tense and tries to guess who these students are. You can imagine all of the insults and jabs that are thrown. After a brutal attack on a student, the school separates the predicted kids from everyone else and tensions flare. Who would commit such a heinous act? Why, a Predicted, of course! Or maybe not....

I was expecting more of a scientific, futuristic feel. For me, this is a contemporary set in the near future. Everything else is the same as 2011 except for this not-so handy tool to profile children. Regardless, the story was good. You have to ignore the That Would Never Happen voice in your head. (school segregation) This is a work of fiction and it does raise a great question. How much of your life is determined regardless of free will? I think every young person should ponder this question. Good mystery, strong female lead, thought provoking.

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