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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 has the ability to 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.

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"The concept behind McLaughlin's third novel is strong: a hypervigilant 1984- style society that assigns its citizens scores upon which their entire future depends. Imani LeMonde is a high school senior whose every action has been taken with that score in mind — from the friends she makes to the grades she maintains and even the thoughts she has about 'lowbies' and the 'unscored,' since Score Corp's cameras can read lips and analyze facial expressions. However, when her association with a rebellious childhood friend sends Imani's score plummeting, and an unscored classmate, Diego, wants to collaborate on a school project, she begins to question the system. McLaughlin (Cycler) tries hard to incorporate big themes into Imani's story: the power of individuals versus groups, injustice and oppression, the human tendency to follow authority. But the story bogs down when the author — through Imani — focuses too much on those issues instead of on building romantic tension between Imani and Diego, as well as her conflict with the manipulative school principal. The story feels more like a lecture in human psychology than a satisfying journey. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Lauren McLaughlin grew up in the small town of Wenham, Massachusetts. After college and a brief stint in graduate school, she spent ten “unglamorous” years writing and producing movies before abandoning her screen ambitions to write fiction full-time. Though she fondly remembers much of her time in Massachusetts—the marina, the beach, various teenage escapades—she cannot, for the life of her, remember her SAT scores, her GPA, or any of the numbers that once summed her up. You can visit her at LaurenMcLaughlin.net

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375868207
Author:
Mclaughlin, Lauren
Publisher:
Random House Books for Young Readers
Author:
McLaughlin, Lauren
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.59 x 6.3 x 0.89 in 0.765 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The concept behind McLaughlin's third novel is strong: a hypervigilant 1984- style society that assigns its citizens scores upon which their entire future depends. Imani LeMonde is a high school senior whose every action has been taken with that score in mind — from the friends she makes to the grades she maintains and even the thoughts she has about 'lowbies' and the 'unscored,' since Score Corp's cameras can read lips and analyze facial expressions. However, when her association with a rebellious childhood friend sends Imani's score plummeting, and an unscored classmate, Diego, wants to collaborate on a school project, she begins to question the system. McLaughlin (Cycler) tries hard to incorporate big themes into Imani's story: the power of individuals versus groups, injustice and oppression, the human tendency to follow authority. But the story bogs down when the author — through Imani — focuses too much on those issues instead of on building romantic tension between Imani and Diego, as well as her conflict with the manipulative school principal. The story feels more like a lecture in human psychology than a satisfying journey. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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