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The Predicteds Paperback – September 1, 2011
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"Insightful, realistic and engaging definitely a story that's hard to put down.
The plot was awesome. Constantly entertaining.
The moral struggles with PROFILE are treated masterfully; everything was so easy to imagine.
. . .the characters were also all so realistic. . .
I loved it for being so real.
. . .I thought this book was awesome. The plot and characters are both excellently executed, and I'm definitely going to be waiting to see what Christine Seifert does next!" - The Allure of Books
"This one had an interesting take on the whole dystopian thing. Most dystopians I've read are set way into the future and show how societies have evolved over time into something constrained and suffocating. This one was different in the sense that it doesn't really take place in the future. This could happen now. That possibility made the story all the more disturbing because I could so imagine it being introduced now.
This was a very smart book that makes you think.
Again, this was a very thought-provoking book. I enjoyed it very much!" - Readergirl Reviews a Teen Book
"In her debut young adult novel, "The Predicteds," Seifert shows she can almost compete on Meyer's turf.
The Jesse-Daphne relationship is almost everything readers want in an angst-filled young adult novel.
Seifert is clearly posing an interesting question in "The Predicteds." " - NewsChief.com
"In the guise of a suspense thriller and youth romance, Seifert puts together a surprisingly effective critique of the humanity we sacrifice in the name of security.
She crafts a terrific scene. . .
The author's prose is clean and uncomplicated, appropriate for the first-person perspective. . .
. . .perhaps this series will end up going in places even more interesting than we might be able to predict." - City Weekly
"While the main character of Daphne attracts some readers due to her snark-filled humor, the plot's solid grounding in possible reality "resembles our current society," said Alyssa Eisner Henkin." - The Salt Late Tribune
"The summary really grabbed my attention because, not only is it a unique idea, but it's also something that could be explored in the future.
. . .The Predicteds completely grabbed my attention early on with immediate action. . .
The sequence of events and overall plot of this book were really well written.
Melissa, Daphne's mom, was a great character and I liked seeing that she had a close relationship to Daphne.
. . .I will be checking out more books from Christine Seifert. She has a great ability to create fun dialogue and descriptive details throughout a story." - Confessions of a Bookaholic
"The Jesse-Daphne relationship is almost everything readers want in an angst-filled young adult novel.
Seifert is clearly posing an interesting question in "The Predicteds."" - The Gadsen Times
"The Jesse-Daphne relationship is almost everything readers want in an angst-filled young adult novel.
Seifert is posing an interesting question in "The Predicteds."" - Hattiesburg American
"One of the things I love about this book is how it easily slips in and out of both the dystopia and contemporary genre and still feel like a wholly good book.
It's composed of your typical teenage groups, teenage drama and angst, even a dysfunctional parent, but surprisingly, the presence of PROFILE gives it an entirely interesting twist that will keep the readers interested to the very end.
There were a lot of moments that just made my heart ache for Daphne, caught between January and Jesse's confusing relationship.
The Predicteds raises quite a few questions worth asking and worth answering.
The Predicteds shows vividly how it can create social, psychological, physical chaos.
The Predicteds is part romance, part dystopia, part thriller. It's a book that surprised me, from being a typical book at the start to something you can think about, deep and intriguing. Unique, fresh and thoroughly entertaining, The Predicteds is worth a read!" - Amaterasu Reads
About the Author
Christine Seifert is a professor at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. When she's not torturing students in her writing classes, she enjoys really bad TV, reading in the glorious Utah sun, and practicing disguising her native Fargo, North Dakota accent. She remembers high school vividly.
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Top Customer Reviews
Honestly I think the initial problem was that I found the first few chapters somewhat erratic and a bit frustrating because I wanted more detail. I felt like Seifert was bypassing the characters' backgrounds in order to get to the meat of the story. But once I got past that and Seifert really started digging in and getting into what PROFILE was, I was hooked. Maybe the most powerful part was I could see PROFILE becoming a very real possibility - monitoring the brain and making educated guesses as to how a person will behave. It's something out of a conspiracy theorists handbook.
Daphne, as the lead character, was a good narrator. She had me scratching my head several times in the beginning, but there was something charming about her snark and wit that made me keep reading. By the middle of the book I truly warmed to her and by the end I adored her. Jesse, on the other hand, I fell for almost immediately. He's a guy I would love to know in real life, and the way Seifert writes them together is golden. They're real and magical all at once.
I went into this book thinking I was getting a dystopian (because doesn't that seem to be the trend nowadays?), and was pleasantly surprised when this book wasn't that cut and dried. It kinda of caught me off guard--in a good way. There are several twists and turns that literally made my jaw drop. Seifert came up with a dynamite plot and backed it up with fun, vibrant characters. I recommend Sci-Fi fans, dystopian fans, and contemporary fans check this one out ASAP.
First 50 Pages: What do you do when a book lets you down? Do you continue to read it and push through? Or do you give up? I always try to make it through to the very end, especially if the book was given to me to review. In this case, it was. The first couple of chapters were great! I loved how the book started off, but it seemed to only go downhill from there. Let me explain that more...
Characters & Plot: From reading the book synopsis, I had thought that this book was going to center around PROFILE, an experimental program that predicts student's future behaviors. That is why I wanted this book so much! What I got instead, was another cliché love story with a PROFILE side plot. It wasn't the main plot! So much of the story centered on Daphne and Jesse and their (I hate to say it, but it's true) obnoxious group of friends. I wasn't expecting any of that and I didn't like where the plot was going.
To start out with, the so-called romance between these two characters was gag-worthy. If you have been following my blog for a while, you know that I can't stand weak characters, especially weak female characters. They are the reason I couldn't get into the whole Twilight saga. I really, really, prefer a strong female lead over someone who can't defend herself and needs to be saved constantly. While reading this book, I honestly lost track of how many times Jesse had to come rescue Daphne from some sort of predicament she was in. Really?Read more ›
Daphne and her mother have recently moved to Oklahoma. During her first week of school, a school shooting occurs. Then it comes out that the students have all been evaluated by a program called PROFILE, which will determine which students are mostly likely to commit violent acts. Those students are then basically treated as lepers - they even have to start attending separate classes! Daphne struggles with whether the new system is right or wrong, she has lots of conflicts. Like: her mom was the original creator. Plus, her new boyfriend is a "predicted" and now accused of beating another girl with a baseball bat.
The plot was awesome. Constantly entertaining. The moral struggles with PROFILE are treated masterfully; everything was so easy to imagine. The students just fell in line, immediately willing to treat the "predicteds" as dirt. Definitely easy to see high school kids acting that way. Speaking of: the characters were also all so realistic. None of them acted 16-going-on-45 like in so many young adult books - they acted like the kids they are. Drinking, flirting, petty cruelty, shallowness were all rampant throughout the halls of Quiet High School. I loved it for being so real.
Daphne and Jesse definitely acted more mature than most, but they too had their moments. Most of the times they spent acting ridiculous were when they were navigating their new relationship. Very fitting. I really love the way things ended up with them.
Basically, I have one complaint:the setting. I've had it before.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.
Quick & Dirty: An interesting contemporary read that has a intriguing scientific plot line. Read more
The premise was fascinating, The idea that we could predict the future scary - humans should remain predictable in their unpredictability.Published on May 20, 2013 by Gabrielle Richards
I like the idea behind the story. But it was to slow and predictable pun inteded. I would not waste your time with this one.Published on August 7, 2012 by Sherry J. Grieco
I chose to get this book because the storyline seemed interesting and the cover was nice. This book reminds me of Minority Report with the "predicted" crimes but for teens. Read morePublished on July 1, 2012 by Genesis27!
This is a different concept from what is currently popular but I really liked it. There were some grammar errors that could be fixed but it was a great story. Read it!Published on March 19, 2012 by Amazon Customer
How far would you go to prevent a crime? What if you could keep someone from getting hurt?
If we had the ability to literally predict if someone would act out in... Read more
The idea behind this really sounded fascinating. Imagine the knowledge that could be pulled from this type of program. Read morePublished on December 26, 2011 by P. Eberhardt
First of all, the cover for The Predicteds is gorgeous in person. I'm so in love with it. Between it and the synposis, I was instantly grabbed me. Read morePublished on November 21, 2011 by Amanda Miller
The Predicteds was an interesting book that seemed to ask the questions that we all have about our future and what makes people behave the way they do. Read morePublished on November 15, 2011 by K. Sowa