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""An enjoyable teenage love story between two quirky but believable outsiders."" - Publishers Weekly

"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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402260490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402260490
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,036,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a delicious blend of Sci-Fi and contemporary that I've yet to see rivaled. It took me a few chapters to get into this book, but I was so glad I stuck with it. Catherine Seifert has come up with a plot so ingenious, I couldn't help but be amazed. It's fresh and original in every aspect.

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.
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First Impressions: I was so excited when I received this book! When I had first read the book synopsis I knew I really wanted to get my hands on it, like immediately. I thought the whole idea of PROFILE was really interesting and unique and was stoked to see what the author would do with that premise.

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?
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"The Predicteds" is a real page-turner. The main characters grabbed me from the very start. I was impressed with the intricate plot and the prophetic view of a not-too-distant future. As teacher, I believe this book is a fantastic resource for young adults, and it provides a great "jumping off" point for numerous interesting ethical discussions. Seifert has a unique voice and has definitely knocked it out of the park with this fascinating book.
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The Predicteds by Christine Seifert has a very interesting premise, so I was definitely looking forward to reading it. It still ended up surprising me! Insightful, realistic and engaging - definitely a story that's hard to put down.

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.
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