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The Predicteds

The Predicteds

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a near future when human behavior can be perfectly predicted by computer, Daphne Wright starts her junior year at the high school where the new technology was tested, Quiet High in Quiet, Okla. A school shooter disrupts the quiet and throws Daphne into the arms of Jesse, a cute guy reputed to have stalked his previous girlfriend. Nevertheless, Daphne lets herself become enchanted with Jesse—until the latest test results are published, and his name appears on the list of "predicteds," students singled out by the computer as "criminal" or "antisocial." Despite the apparent emphasis on questions of free will, nature versus nurture, and flawed social institutions, this is not a dystopian novel. First-time author Seifert does not seem to be interested in the wider-world consequences of her premise. The only impact of this revolutionary and deeply troubling technology is individual, and the pushback against it surprisingly minimal. Her conceit is too big and too thinly conceived for what otherwise would be an enjoyable teenage love story between two quirky but believable outsiders. Ages 13–up. (Sept.)
Ex Libris
Overall, this was a good book with a lot of material that would make for some interesting discussions in classrooms and book clubs.
— Kate Sowa
From the Publisher
""An enjoyable teenage love story between two quirky but believable outsiders."" - Publishers Weekly

"Insightful, realistic and engaging — definitely a story that's hard to put down.

The plot was awesome. Constantly entertaining.

The moral struggles with PROFILE are treated masterfully; everything was so easy to imagine.

. . .the characters were also all so realistic. . .

I loved it for being so real.

. . .I thought this book was awesome. The plot and characters are both excellently executed, and I'm definitely going to be waiting to see what Christine Seifert does next!" - The Allure of Books

"This one had an interesting take on the whole dystopian thing. Most dystopians I've read are set way into the future and show how societies have evolved over time into something constrained and suffocating. This one was different in the sense that it doesn't really take place in the future. This could happen now. That possibility made the story all the more disturbing because I could so imagine it being introduced now.

This was a very smart book that makes you think.

Again, this was a very thought-provoking book. I enjoyed it very much!" - Readergirl Reviews a Teen Book

"In her debut young adult novel, "The Predicteds," Seifert shows she can almost compete on Meyer's turf.

The Jesse-Daphne relationship is almost everything readers want in an angst-filled young adult novel.

Seifert is clearly posing an interesting question in "The Predicteds." " - NewsChief.com

"In the guise of a suspense thriller and youth romance, Seifert puts together a surprisingly effective critique of the humanity we sacrifice in the name of security.

She crafts a terrific scene. . .

The author's prose is clean and uncomplicated, appropriate for the first-person perspective. . .

. . .perhaps this series will end up going in places even more interesting than we might be able to predict." - City Weekly

"While the main character of Daphne attracts some readers due to her snark-filled humor, the plot's solid grounding in possible reality "resembles our current society," said Alyssa Eisner Henkin." - The Salt Late Tribune

"The summary really grabbed my attention because, not only is it a unique idea, but it's also something that could be explored in the future.

. . .The Predicteds completely grabbed my attention early on with immediate action. . .

The sequence of events and overall plot of this book were really well written.

Melissa, Daphne's mom, was a great character and I liked seeing that she had a close relationship to Daphne.

. . .I will be checking out more books from Christine Seifert. She has a great ability to create fun dialogue and descriptive details throughout a story." - Confessions of a Bookaholic

"The Jesse-Daphne relationship is almost everything readers want in an angst-filled young adult novel.

Seifert is clearly posing an interesting question in "The Predicteds."" - The Gadsen Times

"The Jesse-Daphne relationship is almost everything readers want in an angst-filled young adult novel.

Seifert is posing an interesting question in "The Predicteds."" - Hattiesburg American

"One of the things I love about this book is how it easily slips in and out of both the dystopia and contemporary genre and still feel like a wholly good book.

It's composed of your typical teenage groups, teenage drama and angst, even a dysfunctional parent, but surprisingly, the presence of PROFILE gives it an entirely interesting twist that will keep the readers interested to the very end.

There were a lot of moments that just made my heart ache for Daphne, caught between January and Jesse's confusing relationship.

The Predicteds raises quite a few questions worth asking and worth answering.

The Predicteds shows vividly how it can create social, psychological, physical chaos.

The Predicteds is part romance, part dystopia, part thriller. It's a book that surprised me, from being a typical book at the start to something you can think about, deep and intriguing. Unique, fresh and thoroughly entertaining, The Predicteds is worth a read!" - Amaterasu Reads

NewsChief.com
In her debut young adult novel, "The Predicteds," Seifert shows she can almost compete on Meyer's turf.

The Jesse-Daphne relationship is almost everything readers want in an angst-filled young adult novel.

Seifert is clearly posing an interesting question in "The Predicteds."

City Weekly
An original, edgy premise that draws on current teen issues, The Predicteds imagines a world — our world — where something done to "protect the people" is taken a step too far. Readers will be drawn into Daphne's quest to find the answers in Christine Seifert's tautly plotted, intriguing tale.
The Gadsen Times
The Jesse-Daphne relationship is almost everything readers want in an angst-filled young adult novel.

Seifert is clearly posing an interesting question in "The Predicteds."

Hattiesburg American
The Jesse-Daphne relationship is almost everything readers want in an angst-filled young adult novel.

Seifert is posing an interesting question in "The Predicteds."

WhatchYAReading?
The Predicteds is unlike anything you've read or seen before.

Overall, fascinating premise both psychologically and emotionally, great set-up for a series, super cute male interest... my recommendation? You should read this.

Christine Seifert could very well take this idea and spin an entire series off it, basing it in different schools across the nation as one teen or a teenage couple deal with the outcome of the PROFILE tests while laying down an overall arc that reaches an amazing complex in the last book when the characters from the first book (meaning Daphne, Jesse and maybe even Daphne's mom) take down the entire system!

Words Like Silver
Christine plunges you into the action right away.

The characters were skillfully written with great dialogue and expression behind them.

The Predicteds is a solid book. Good writing, a great premise, and well-written dialogue added up to a clean and enjoyable read.

Lancaster Online
The Jesse-Daphne relationship is almost everything readers want in an angst-filled young adult novel.

Seifert is clearly posing an interesting question in "The Predicteds."

ECE Red
he Predicteds was still a good read. If you like interesting concepts with mystery and first love, then The Predicteds should be a book for you to look into.
Writer On The Side
This is an interesting cross between contemporary romance and a kind of dystopian/sci-fi thriller with bad things happening, criminals uncaught, and yet a lot of very relatable high school dynamics, too.

I think the question of whether being told you have a predisposition for something should affect how you are treated by others-or could affect your potential for doing that thing-is an interesting and important one, especially in this age of highly accessible information. Another book for the "Big Brother" shelf.
— Stasia Kehoe

Kirkus Reviews

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)

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Seifert takes the concept of futuristic profiling to a whole new level in this page-turner. PROFILE, an experimental program, can determine people's future behaviors before they happen. After a school shooting, 16-year-old Daphne learns that the students at Quiet High are taking part in PROFILE. They learn who they're going to be and are told to accept what is predicted-even when the outcomes are horrible. The author brings the reality of teen angst and struggle to life through Daphne and her love interest, Jesse. They are torn between their love for one another and the separate outcomes predicted by PROFILE. This novel demonstrates how people can be convinced that technology is infallible. Readers will become engrossed in the questions the couple must face throughout the novel. Will their love conquer all? Who controls your future? Can destiny be changed? How well does technology know the human spirit? This book will make readers appreciate the world around them.—Katie Hageman, Gar-Field High School, Woodbridge, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402260490
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile:
HL720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

Attention: There has been a shooting on school grounds. The building is currently under full lockdown. Please check back here for updates.

-Quiet High website

"OH, DEAR, MRS. MCCLAIN SAYS, HER LIVER-SPOTTED HAND unhelpfully lingering on the fire extinguisher.

"Gross," a girl who is actually named Lexus says when I finish. She shakes her smooth cap of hair in disgust.

"Somebody get this girl some water," Mrs. McClain calls, finally moving into action.

"I'm fine," I say. "It's just my first week of school." Blank stares all around. What they don't know is that this happens to me every first week of a new school, even though this is my ninth new school since kindergarten. It's not always this, exactly, but it is always something. The first day of second grade, I threw up in Mrs. Horvath's purse. The third day of fourth grade, I sneezed so hard, I broke a blood vessel in my nose and spewed blood all over some kid whose name I can't even remember. In seventh grade,

I leaned against the fire alarm and set off the overhead sprinklers. Tenth grade? I hit an icy patch with my car and drove over the assistant principal's left big toe (and lost my learner's permit). This time around, it was the choking.

I was just sitting there, chewing gum, trying to make it through a coma-inducing demonstration on balancing chemical equations, when I felt the fruity chunk slip down my throat. Suddenly, there was no air at all. After a brief moment of panic, I stood up and staggered around, not knowing for sure what to do. My feet got caught in the strap of my bookbag, and I staggered, zombie-like, from left to right, spilling the bag's contents. Finally, the guy in front of me jumped up and moved toward me. One, two, three, then four painful Heimlich maneuvers later-under the watchful stare of twenty-two pairs of eyes, including Mrs. McClain's rheumy gaze-I spat out the gum and took a giant breath.

Shortly after, I threw up on my savior's shoes.

Hello, Quiet High. I've arrived!

"Get her some water!" Mrs. McClain yells again. My rescuer appears in front of me. "You're going to be okay," he says reassuringly. I nod. "I'm Jesse, by the way." He sticks out his hand as if we are at a cocktail party chatting over meatballs stuck with toothpicks, instead of standing with a puddle of my vomit between us. "Pleased to meet you," he says without any sign of sarcasm.

"Ah, thanks," I say to this kid, this odd misfit among the cowboys and jocks who populate Quiet High. What else can

I say? Sorry that I spewed stomach bile on your Skechers? I expect him to be insulted by the bite in my voice-or too grossed out to be near me-but he gives me a half-smile and then leans over to set my bookbag upright. I bend down with him. Up close, I notice that behind his sleek, plastic-framed glasses, he has shiny brown eyes and eyelashes that curl up. Around his neck is a skinny tie, knotted loosely.

Mrs. McClain herself finally hands me a cup of lukewarm water. "It's going to be okay, honey," she croons, her warm bony hand delicately patting my back, her coffee breath spreading over my cheek. Her wrinkled face suddenly crumples as she looks at the f loor. Her voice changes. "You'll need to clean this up immediately. Health code standards," she adds sharply. Her bony hand now feels like a cold claw inching across my shoulder blade.

"Oh," I say. "Where are the-?" I stop when I realize I have no idea what tools I'll need to clean up barf. How about a HAZMAT suit?

"Over there." She motions toward a supply closet in the corner of the room. "Mops, buckets, paper towels, sanitizer, rubber gloves, sand, everything you need." Sand? What do I need sand for? What exactly does she expect me to do?

I reluctantly head for the closet as conversation resumes around me. Skinny Tie trails behind me, following me to the supply closet. I give him a little kiss-off wave, part "Thanks for saving my life!" and part "Please don't ever speak to me again, because I'm mortified!" I step inside the clammy darkness, close the door behind me until it latches with a satisfying click, and take a deep breath. Just enough light from the classroom filters in underneath the door so that I can easily find my way to a f loor-to-ceiling shelf unit in the back. It's towering with textbooks and assorted junk: beakers, test tubes, cleaning supplies, and a strange collection of what appear, upon closer examination, to be Star Wars figurines. There's a small sink on the left side, and I lean over it, lapping up the cool water like a parched dog. I rinse and spit a few times before I wash my face, and then squint at the tiny mirror. It's too dark to see if I look as rotten as I feel. I consider f lipping on the light switch by the door but decide against it. The darkness is soothing.

The dull murmur of the class barely makes it through the heavy wooden door. Away from the lull of McClain's scratchy voice, I feel kind of relaxed. It's sort of nice in here, kind of like how I imagine a morgue would be, only warmer and less creepy. I move to a Red Cross bucket in the corner and tip it over to make a comfy seat. Why rush to clean up puke? Maybe if I wait long enough it'll disappear. Or maybe I'll disappear. I prop my feet on a stack of books and lean against the shelves. I drift someplace between awake and asleep, a pleasant middle ground that has no good name.

Sometime later-seconds or minutes, I don't know-I hear the screams, the abrupt scuff le of desks and feet, and a sudden chorus of pained cries. "Help!" someone yells over the din.

And then as quickly as it all begins, silence resumes, and I wonder if I've imagined it. My paralysis lifts quickly, and I scramble to the door, tipping the bucket over in my haste. I trip on the handle and catch myself before I land on my face. My hand is on the doorknob when I hear it: Mrs. McClain's voice is plain, calm, and strangely indifferent, like she's talking about her bunions.

"He's got a gun," she says. "Nobody move."

Meet the Author

Christine Seifert is a professor at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. When she's not torturing students in her writing classes, she enjoys really bad TV, reading in the glorious Utah sun, and practicing disguising her native Fargo, North Dakota accent. She remembers high school vividly.

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Predicteds 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! I highly reccomend it. I loved the twist in the end. I hope theres a second soon!
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Being an avid reader, i have read tons of books. This is the best book that i have ever read. Intreging, supensful, and makes me feel for the character. It has twists and is worth reading. I didn't, however, feel like i knew the character, which added to the plot suspense. I had to read the last chapter twice becase it was such a perfecr ending. It made me sad to finsh.
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
The Predicteds definitely had me biting my fingernails in this intense Science Fiction mystery. Christine Seifert has created a world where you are guilty until proven innocent. The teenagers in Quiet High are being Profiled to predict who will be a murder, thief, drug addict, or just a loser. And if you knew the person sitting next to you in school, or the guy you fall in love with, is going to be a killer, would you trust your heart? Or would you trust the technology of science? Christine Seifert definitely doesn't sugar-coat this story. I'm so glad that Seifert didn't hold back with these good and bad teenagers. Daphne and her mom has just move to the small town of Quiet. Daphne has no ideal she just started school as a lab rat in experimental program. And she has her doubts about the Profile program, until she finds herself in situations that make her judge the one person she thought she could trust according to a piece of paper. Jesse has secrets, and his good and dark side is confusing to Daphne. She wants answers, answers Daphne¿s not getting from Jesse. Jesse just wants Daphne to believe in him, but with Jesse still having a close relationship with his ex-girlfriend, one that's just a little too close for Daphne to trust that nothing is going on between them, and the rumors she hears about him around school with yet another ex-girlfriend, trusting her heart is going to be hard. Especially when a piece of paper says Jesse is a Predicted and what Jesse is predicted to become. Love might not be enough for what Daphne fears could be the truth about Jesse. I could not put The Predicteds down. I had to find out the truth of the mystery of the predicted. I recommend The Predicteds as a must read. This Science Fiction could be our future sooner than we think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked it but it was kind of predictable
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read that I would recommend to everyone! Very well written, carried a good story line, with well developed characters. One of my favs!
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
I say scary but its not scary in a horror sense. Its very scary to me because it reads like something that could really happen. In this post-Columbine world, schools have to deal with violence and other issues every day. In this book the main character of Daphne has a front row seat to a potential tragedy when a fellow student shows up with a gun and starts shooting. Unlike many school shootings, this one has only one victim...the shooter himself, but to cope the school takes a radical idea. A company has said they can "profile" the students, letting them and each other know who among them has the potential for violence and problems. Anyone who has those qualities are sent to another school and segregated. Its a frightening idea that really has the potential to come true if that kind of thing is possible. I feel for the character of Daphne, she is caught in the middle of having a boy she loves be accused of things in the profile, and believing that people can change from what the results show. I like the flow of the book and the quotes at the beginnings of the chapters are interesting. They read as if the events really happened and they are quoting various people and publications.
StalkinTheBooks More than 1 year ago
The Predicteds is a novel about how much our individual futures are predetermined and whether or not we can every truly change our destines. The premise may sound like some kind of Minority Report futuristic Sci-Fi plot but with the exception of PROFILE, the story and characters are very firmly in the present. The novel easily grabbed my attention right from the start with the school shooting and the community fallout that inevitably follows. This includes releasing the PROFILE records of all the high school students, something that has an immediate impact on everyone. If your Predicted, can you be trusted? I found the main character Daphne very easy to relate to since I also moved around a lot when I was younger. She's very defensive and sarcastic but there's a lot of insecurity there too. She's the kind of person who feels like she doesn't really fit in anywhere, choosing to be a bit of a loner even when surrounded by people. Thankfully in the midst of PROFILE she doesn't loose her brain either. She can't help but be influenced by PROFILE but doesn't jump to conclusions about others based solely on it. Jesse and January were two characters I had a harder time with. Jesse seems like the prefect combo of mysterious and attainable but never stops running off to help January long enough for you to get to know him. January, who's the shooter's sister, is left too far in the background becoming much more of a looming presences then a fully defined character. I did like them both but wanted to know so much more about them. Also their friendship/relationship was never fully explained and for Daphne's sack I really wanted that. There's a great mystery set in motion about halfway through the novel after a student is attacked. It hits all the right notes are far as intensity, believability and pacing adding another layer to a very complex story. My one and only complaint was that I think it could have been introduced sooner since the chapters right before had started to drag. The wrap up to both the mystery and main storyline is well done leaving it open-ended but without making you frustrated for answers. Though PROFILE wasn't featured as much as I originally hoped, I think the author did a good job of introducing an original concept and explaining its rules. Honestly I'm kind of hoping its not the last time we hear of PROFILE.
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
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.
FrangoAB More than 1 year ago
I don't usually review the books I read, but this one I need to, since I couldn't put this book down since I started reading it! The story is so compelling, and I thought it was also very different from the usual YA novels that I read. The suspense was killer, and even though some things you could predict (hehe) that would happen since the beginning, the twists in the plot were always surprising. I was sad when I finished the book, I wanted to keep getting to know the story of those fantastic characters, or at least, to read more books from Christine Seifert. I loved the book, and I recommend it.
pagese More than 1 year ago
The idea behind this really sounded fascinating. Imagine the knowledge that could be pulled from this type of program. Unfortunately I felt that it felt a little short of my expectations, and I didn't fully understand how PROFILE worked. I really enjoyed the fact that Daphne was so connected to PROFILE without even really knowing it. Her mom was the creator of the program. But, when she started to have a serious disagreement with how the program was being used she simply walked away from it. But, not before Daphne herself was tested. I liked how Daphne integrates herself into her new high school when they move. She's the type of person that gets along with everybody. She tolerates the popular crowd, but makes no excuses for hanging out with whoever she wants too. I like her reactions when she learns about PROFILE and what it does. It's interesting watching how the school and public reacts when the information from PROFILE is released. It's like a new form of segregation. I found it fascinating that the idea of what you could do in the future might define who you are know. And everybody reacts so badly to it, even those who are PROFILED to do something so simple are grouped with those who were predicted to be violent criminals. They are treated less than human. The part of the book that just didn't really capture me was the PROFILE program itself. It just didn't really make sense. I didn't understand how a program could predict if you might get pregnant in high school or commit murder. I don't think it could be 100% accurate, and that's how people were treating it. It left no room for people to make the right decision, instead just seemed to count on the fact that they would always make bad ones. I also didn't like how two-sided Daphne could be about the results. She was determined not to treat the predicteds any differently. Yet, she constantly was mistrusting Jesse because of his results. So, it was interesting but not executed the way I had hoped.