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Saturday, October 15, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: The Predicteds by Christine Seifert

PredictedsPredicteds by Christine Seifert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked the idea of a computer program named PROFILE that determines the future behavior of an individual. To make matter's worse, this computer program was developed by our Daphne's mother Melissa. The program is supposed to help society sort out the bad people from the good and predict what type of criminal behavior they will exhibit which means the world could turn into a safer place. The problem however is that the entire program is rather corrupted.

Daphne attends a new school in Oklahoma, a school were PROFILE is tested, the problem is, like all things people can pay money to make things work out in their favor and that is exactly what happened. Money talks, and sadly, people are so set in their ways and you cannot change their mind.

I really liked this concept. People everywhere are concerned about safety especially in school's where shootings and other violent acts sometimes take place. We hear about people that had an idea they may end up doing something bad, but with this PROFILE program they can do just that. Determine which student is more likely to commit a crime or commit a antisocial act.

I think a program like PROFILE would be an interesting and if executed correctly a useful tool in determining which students need intervention to stop them from committing crimes. Of course, this book raises a very important point, can genes really determine someone's behavior? Can we predict what someone will do, given a person has many choices and can choose any of them freely?

My only really complaint about this book is the sometimes annoying banter between some of Daphne's friends. They are overly superficial character's, a typical preppy, prissy girls that really can't think for themselves. I'm not sure why a character like Daphne, someone that doesn't mind thinking for herself, would find joy in being friends with those girls.

Not a bad read but I think a little too long to get the entire story across. A good story that leaves you thinking!

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