Book Talk,  Dystopia

The Predicteds by Christine Seifert

The Predicteds by Christine Seifert
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication date: September 1, 2011
Pages: 342
Source: Publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon | Book Depository

Summary via Goodreads:

Your future is not your own

“We wanted to know what makes a good kid good and a bad kid bad. Can you blame us for that? We found an astoundingly, marvelously simple answer: The brain isn’t so much a complicated machine as it is a crystal ball. If you look into it, you will see everything you want to know.”
-Dr. Mark Miliken, senior researcher at Utopia Laboratories

Who will it be?

Will the head cheerleader get pregnant?

Is the student council president a secret drug addict?

The whole school is freaking out about PROFILE, an experimental program that can predict students’ future behavior.

The only question Daphne wants answered is whether Jesse will ask her out…but he’s a Predicted, and there’s something about his future he’s not telling her.

Aren’t we all curious about what our future is going to be like? Are you going to be successful? Are you going to marry that one person you’ve always wanted? What if you live a world where your future is predicted… and everyone knows about it? I think that’s pretty scary.

In Christine Seifert’s thrilling dystopian debut novel, The Predicteds, this is the world where protagonist Daphne Wright lives in. I’m a huge fan of dystopian books. The storylines are very interesting and most of them makes you think and I like books that makes me think. The Predicteds’ plot intrigued me and I haven’t heard any other book with a premise like this. Brains can finally be deciphered and scientist can “predict” what crimes people going to commit. While I was reading the book, I couldn’t help but think that this could possibly happen in the future. I mean, our technology today is growing really fast and furious so this PROFILE thing is possible to happen.

One of the things why I genuinely enjoyed reading The Predicteds is because the society in this story kind of parallels with our world today minus the PROFILE tests. Let’s face it, there are many people who are too judgmental nowadays. I can’t help but compare the “predicteds” in the story with the LGBT or Muslims or other people having lifestyle that is out of norms these days. Unfortunately, they are usually the ones who are being judged by the society.

Another aspect of the book that I genuinely liked is the setting of the book is not from a super distant future with super high-tech gadgets. It was like set in an alternate reality where everyone’s future can be predicted.

The story, in general, is really good. The characters are well-written and most of them really stayed in my mind and made me think for awhile. I just had so much fun hanging out with them most especially with Daphne. She’s so hilarious and sarcastic. She’s well-balanced, she thinks before acting up or say anything. She’s not perfect and I like it about her. I also love her relationship with her mother, Melissa. They kind of remind me of Lorelei and Rory from The Gilmore Girls.

The pacing was good although I think there are a few parts which are not that necessary but nevertheless I really liked The Predicteds. It’s good. Really good. I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars and this is a great read for dystopian fans who wants something different, strong and relatable.

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*I received this ARC free of charge from publisher, Sourcebooks Fire, in exchange of honest review. This, in no way, affected my review.

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