Scored

Scored

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Set in the future when teenagers are monitored via camera and their recorded actions and confessions plugged into a computer program that determines their ability to succeed. All kids given a "score" that determines their future potential. This score can get kids into colleges, grant scholarships, or destroy all hope for the above. Scored 's reluctant heroine is Imani, a girl whose high score is brought down when her best friend's score plummets. Where do you draw the line between doing what feels morally right and what can mean your future? Friendship, romance, loyalty, family, human connection and human value: all are questioned in this fresh and compelling dystopian novel set in the scarily forseeable future.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2011
ISBN: 9780375867910
Branch Call Number: FIC McLau
Characteristics: 227 p

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Evelina_id
Apr 02, 2014

Just read it March 2014

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graceling3
Jul 20, 2012

Scary. And for all those others out there who are like me (in the gruesome process of trying to get the highest scores possible on the SAT/ACT/AP and maintain a 4.0 GPA along with good solid extracurriculars in school and out of school), then this is definitely the college admissions process elevated to an entirely new level. In McLaughlin's world, a corporation (just like one of those hated testing comparies today) assigns the students a score-- although you can choose to be scored or unscored, but the unscored are seen as the dirt of society-- which determines your future college, profession, salary, lifestyle, etc. How is this score determined? On a "formula" which the corp. possesses, based on five aspects of human interaction; and the company spies on all individuals through "eyes" all around the community. Imani's development throughout the book is nicely written; she is a strong character with flaws, and the author handled her change expertly. However, I do think the actions of the foil, Deigo, could have been more polished. Also, the ending was beautiful. This book is wonderful as a stand-alone; no followups needed whatsoever.

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