Title: The Predicteds
Author: Christine Seifert
Expected publication: September 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
Source: From publisher for review
Summary: "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 drug use, pregnancy, and 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."
Thoughts:The Predicteds wasn't at all what I expected. I thought it'd be something like the movie Minority Report, but only with a young adult feel. Instead, it was more like just any other contemporary novel out there, but with a hint of a twist.
The book is broken down into three separate phases. In the first round, readers begins to learn a little bit about Daphne and the new small town she recently moved to with her mother, Melissa. Melissa does not like to be called mom, so throughout the novel, Daphne refers to her mother as Melissa. Odd, but okay. Anyway, you begin to also learn more about Daphne's "friends" (and I do use that term loosely). Her friends are what I deem the stereotypical teenage kids who have little to no personality whatsoever. Maybe it's because Daphne does not like to interact with them much, but all of them felt a bit bland. They were basically the popular, semi-rich, snobby kids that criticized people just because they could. Even the boys could be placed into categories: The jocky popular one who all the girls fall for, the popular rude one who's sketchy from the beginning and the mysterious one, the social pariah, that's still incredibly hot and obviously the one Daphne will fall for.
I felt like the first third of the book was unnecessary to the overall novel. While I understand you have to build your characters and set your setting, all that really happened was a bunch of constant rambling which played no part to the story whatsoever. On the bright side, there is humor. Every so often, there would be a funny comment or two. I loved those one/two liners. It gave the main character some depth, and I completely appreciated that. Daphne is indeed a clever girl.
From the beginning, I thought this book would be about how each character would react to what PROFILE predicted about their future. Sadly, the whole concept of being "predicted" was just a slimmer of what this book is about. The predicteds are the bad ones, the unfortunate teens that will eventually commit some crime or cruelty in their life. I would have liked to see the predicteds factor play a larger role in the story. Why not show all the students' PROFILE? I mean, the back cover even asks "Will the head cheerleader get pregnant? Is the student council president a secret drug addict?", etc. I don't know? Is she? Are they?! What? This would have made this book just so much better... asking and answering these questions and possibly creating some subplots, too.
What I did love about the book was the segregation, hate and prejudice between all the characters. I loved that Daphne stood up for what she believed in, even if it meant being a social outcast. This part of the story was incredibly well written and portrayed with grace. Loved it!
Now, the romance. Can you say insta-love? I wish both Daphne and Jesse's relationship grew, bloomed, instead of just "I see you, you see me, let's hook up." They didn't really get to know each other, so as the reader, neither did we. And the chemistry was a bit lacking. It was missing that certain simmer needed to make the relationship believable.
Overall, The Predicteds is a semi-fun contemporary read with a great concept behind it. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. If there ends up being a sequel, I would totally give it a go. Some people will fall in love with it, and I really hope you do. The writing and dialogue is incredibly clever and hilarious. I wish I did love it, but sadly for me, it as just an okay book where I liked some of it, but was bored with the rest.