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Friday, August 10, 2012

The Predicteds by Christine Seifert

The Predicteds definitely sounded unlike anything I'd read before, so I was eager to give it a read.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: Daphne is the new girl in town and is having trouble fitting in. At least she has Jesse… sort of. He wants to be more than “just friends,” but there’s something he’s not telling her about his past. Something dangerous. When a female student is brutally attacked, police turn to PROFILE, a new program that can predict a student’s capacity for violent behavior, to solve the case. As the witch hunt ensues, Daphne is forced to question her feelings for Jesse—and what she will do if her first love turns out to be a killer.

What I Liked: 1) I really liked the concept. The idea that someone has created a program that can determine what a person's future will be like based on their genetics and DNA...that was very intriguing. At least, in book form. Definitely not in real life! 2) I thought that Daphne was a great main character. She was personable and easy to relate to, and also easy to understand. 3) The beginning. The beginning opens with a nail-biting scene, so the reader immediately gets caught up in what is or isn't going to happen. 4) Jesse was a fun character to get to know. I was never sure if I was supposed to like him or not, especially because you know what is coming. But that made him all the more interesting for me. 5) Back to the plot for a minute, I think this opens up a whole world of things to debate. Almost all books are thought-provoking, that's one of the things that makes them good, am I right? But this one brings up some topics that really made me think about well, what if we could predict the future. I wouldn't want to know what was in store for me. It's more fun not knowing. So, as you can see, this book definitely makes you think.

What I Didn't Like: 1) Am I the only one who thought Melissa was kind of...two different people? She was obviously hyper-smart, being a part of the PROFILE thing, but then there was this other side of her that was all, oh, call me by my first name instead of Mom, and I can't cook...it was very strange. I couldn't reconcile those two parts of her personality, the genius and the not so genius. They competed and mostly led me to see her as two characters, instead of one. 2) I also question some of the things that I was led to believe from the summary. I guess I was expecting more of a "this is what your future is going to be like" sort of thing. And I would have expected a little more balance with it. They were only figuring the futures of those who were going to turn out bad. Where was all the good?

Overall Thoughts: The Predicteds wasn't what I was expecting, but it was a well-written book with a thought-provoking story and some intriguing characters. If the summary has interested you, then pick this one up. It'll leave you thinking once you put it down, and maybe a little even freaked out that something like this could even be possible.

My Rating: 3.5 shots


  1. Wow, that sounds both creepy and interesting. I haven't heard of this book before. It sounds like something I might enjoy. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Great review!

  2. I had this one on my "want" list for a long time and recently bought it. Sounds like I might want to bump it up on my tbr list so I can see if I agree with the two personality mother. :)

  3. I'd heard about this around its release date, but it didn't seem to show up much around the blogosphere. I'm glad the plot holds up to its interesting premise - my favorite dystopias are the ones that make you think!

    Thanks for the review!


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