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I Belong


Review: The Predicteds by Christine Seifert

Title: The Predicteds

Author: Christine Seifert

GenreYA Contemporary

SeriesN/A

Publication Date: September 1, 2011

Format: Paperback, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 1402260490 (Sourcebooks)

ISBN-13: 978-1402260490 (Sourcebooks)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

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.

Quick & Dirty: An interesting contemporary read that has a intriguing scientific plot line.  I had a hard time with some of the characters but overall it was a good read.

Opening Sentence: The rose-patterned carpet of the room reminds me of the guest room in my grandmother’s house.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review

What would you do if your life had been predicated by a scientific experiment?  Would you live your life like normal or would you change yourself because of what they told you?  Would you believe them if they said you were going to be a criminal, or perform a violent act?  Daphne Wright is about to find out what being predicated can do to a person.  Daphne has just recently moved to the little town of Quiet.  Ever since she can remember her first week of school every year; something really embarrassing happens to her.  This year is no different on the first day she chokes on her gum and throws up after the Heimlich is performed.  Unfortunately, that’s not the highlight of the day, shortly after Daphne’s incident a shooter enters the school. No one is hurt but everyone is pretty shaken up, it turns out the shooter was predicated.

Quiet High’s students are part of an experiment the government is running.  They are profiling all the kids there, which basically means that they are using scientific data to predict what they will be like throughout their life.  Supposedly it is 100% accurate, but it doesn’t specify when you could potentially be dangerous or what exactly you will do.  If you are predicated to be a violent person, or a criminal your social life is pretty much over.  No one wants to be around someone that is dangerous.  Daphne has a hard time accepting peoples profile; she feels that people make their own choices.   She struggles to fit in at Quiet High, and there is only one person she seems to connect with.  Jesse is a gorgeous, rich boy that Daphne can’t help but like.  He is sweet and kind, but he is keeping secrets from Daphne.  She wants to trust him, but she’s not sure if she should.

The story is told from Daphne’s point of view.  She has a good voice and most of the time I really liked her.  But there were some things about her that irritated me a little bit.  She had a bad attitude sometimes and she had her whiny moments which I wasn’t a fan of.  Sometimes she would be very confrontational and speak her mind, but other times she would just stand in the corner and be too quiet.  I had really mixed feelings about Daphne, and I wish she would have been a more consistent character that I could depend on.

Jesse was my favorite part of the book.  He is hot, sweet, kind, charming, and interesting.  Yes, he had his secrets that make you wonder about him, but that just made me more intrigued.  You can tell he really cares about Daphne and their relationship was so cute.  It developed slowly and was fun to read about.  I loved Jesse, I thought he was a great character and he added a lot to the story.

Overall, this was a pretty good read for me.  The idea was very unique and interesting.  I thought that the characters were pretty engaging and I connected well with them most of the time.  The plot line wasn’t the most original, but it was still fun to read.  The pacing was pretty good, but there were a few times I felt that it dragged a little bit.  This is the first book I have read by Seifert, and it won’t be my last.  Her writing style was engaging, and I really enjoyed the story.  I would recommend this to anyone that likes a good YA contemporary with an interesting scientific twist.

Notable Scene:

The dull murmur of the class barely makes it through the heavy wooden door.  Away from the lull of McClain’s scratchy voice, I feel kind of relaxed.  It’s sort of nice in here, kind of like how I imagine a morgue would be, only warmer and less creepy.  I move to a Red Cross bucket in the corner and tip it over to make a comfy seat.  Why rush to clean up puke? Maybe if I wait long enough it’ll disappear.  Or maybe I’ll disappear.  I prop my feet on a stack of books and lean against the shelves.  I drift someplace between awake and asleep, a pleasant middle ground that has no good name.

Sometime later-seconds or minutes, I don’t know-I hear the screams, the abrupt scuffle of desks and feet, and a sudden chorus of pained cries. “Help!” someone yells over the din.

And then as quickly as it all begins, silence resumes, and I wonder if I’ve imagined it.  My paralysis lifts quickly, and I scramble to the door, tipping the bucket over in my haste.  I trip on the handle and catch myself before I land on my face.  My hand is on the doorknob when I hear it: Mrs. McClain’s voice is plain, calm, and strangely indifferent, like she’s talking about her bunions.

“He’s got a gun,” she says. “Nobody move.”

FTC Advisory: Sourcebooks Fire provided me with a copy of The Predicteds. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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