September 1, 2011
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 drug use, pregnancy, and 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.
THE PREDICTEDS is a skillfully crafted YA debut that is sure to intrigue readers. Going into THE PREDICTEDS, I was expecting a dystopian novel, but what I got was definitely not that. It is more of a contemporary novel with a few unique concepts thrown in that give it a bit of a sci-fi feel. It took awhile for the story to take off, but once it did, I was glued to the pages! And while there were a few minor annoyances, I was able to enjoy the overall story.
Daphne was a bit confusing to me. She seemed really detached and unemotional so it was really hard for me to connect with her in the beginning. Luckily, in the middle some of her ice began to thaw and I was able to understand her and her motives more. I really didn't like who she decided to be "friends" with, though. The whole group was so awful and mean yet she kept hanging out with them. That just really didn't fit with who Daphne claimed to be. I did like her willingness to speak what was on her mind, even if it wasn't what others wanted to hear. That made me appreciate her much more as a person.
Jesse was definitely swoon-worthy. He is one of those guys who will do anything for you, even if it means risking his life. He is a true knight in shining armor! I really loved how he treated Daphne. He was such a sweetheart to her, even when she probably didn't deserve it. Even knowing he was a predicted, I wouldn't be able to stop myself from falling for him, just like Daphne.
I really enjoyed THE PREDICTEDS overall, even though it took awhile for the story to really get going. It is a very intriguing YA debut that will have you hooked!