Published September 1st, 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
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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
Imagine a world where the authorities can use computer programs to determine who you will become. Imagine that computer program can predict your future behavior – who will turn to drugs, who will turn to crime and who will commit murder. Imagine that it’s happening today.An original, edgy premise that draws on current teen issues, The Predicteds imagines a world – our world – where something done to “protect the people” is taken a step too far. Readers will be drawn into Daphne’s quest to find the answers in Christine Seifert’s tautly plotted, intriguing tale.
This book sounded amazing. Exactly the type of thing I like to read. But it's true - you can't like everything.
To be honest, there isn't a single character in this book that I actually liked. There were times when maybe I thought I liked Sam, a random side-character, but he hopped around a little too much. There were times when I thought I liked Jesse, but he was just too confusing to me. And it's not like I hated Daphne, the narrator and main character, but I didn't like her most of the time, either. She was merely . . . tolerable.
And the rest of the characters pissed me off to no end. Brooklyn was such a bitch that she wasn't even realistic. I was never really sure if Daphne considered Dizzy a friend. I mean, I wouldn't have, since she was extremely obnoxious, but Daphne never really said anything about it and she still hung out with Dizzy, so maybe it was just me . . . ?
I think the biggest problem I had was with Daphne, though. Most of the time, I felt like she had no personality. Her emotions just didn't come through or connect with me, so she just seemed kind of . . . blah. She just wasn't interesting. I don't even think I remember her having a hobby or anything.
I'm borderline on the plot. I think it could have been made way more suspenseful. That's not to say that it was a boring plot, because it wasn't, but I think so much more could have been done with it. It could have been made a little creepier, more suspenseful. Popped a little more.
What I did like about the plot was that it actually did surprise me - everything that happened with January and Josh and the ones who were predicted. (Being predicted meant that you'd been predicted to have a life of crime, drugs, etc.) I just wish it had all been done better.
Overall: I wanted to like this. I really did. It sounded amazing, but it just didn't hold my interest. Daphne needed more emotion, I needed the book to be more exciting. That's not to say you shouldn't read it, because this might just be me, but I suggest getting it from your library instead of buying it. 2 stars.