My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
So this is the 2nd time I’ve done this review. Goodreads decided not to post my earlier review.
There’s a danger of going into a book with expectations. You can be vastly disappointed. I went in to The Predicteds with expectations, but in this instance, it paid off. I expected for this novel to be set once the PROFILE list had already been released and the world was different as a result of it. But actually, the list hadn’t yet been released and the book dealt with the fallout the list created.
The best part of this book were the characters. Most dystopian kind of books are quite plot centred. And although this had a great concept, it was definitely character centred. I’m not sure how much I would have liked the story otherwise. The novel was filled with very interesting social interactions, that as a person with a degree in psychology, I found very riveting. It was great to see how people dealt with finding out their friends, classmates, peers had been predicted as dangerous. How easily they found it to turn on one another based on a test result.
The characters were all realistic. The main character, Daphne, wasn’t perfect. Not by far. She was judgemental, and clumsy. She saw others as wrong if they didn’t agree with her way of thinking. She blamed her mother for a lot instead of taking responsibility for her own actions. But, she was smart and brave and while not completely looks centred, she was a girl too and appreciated when she got a new haircut and dressing up for dates. Bad things happened to her and those around her. She dealt like a normal teenage girl. She could have been a little happier; sometimes it got a little much to read so much negativity coming from her. But mostly it was fine.
The novel was split into parts. The first where Daphne is thrust into a new school and begins to meet new people. Notably, Jesse – the hot, rich, kind guy who saves her from a school shooting. And Dizzy – the popular, pretty girl who you expect Daphne to shun, and she tries to, but in the end Dizzy becomes one of the best things about this book. I dare you not to like Dizzy and all of her many flaws. While the girl is as up and down as a yo-yo, she’s vastly entertaining.
All in all, I recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading books that deal with character interaction and the social implications of a test like PROFILE. Daphne is a strong and interesting MC, and there is a bit of a mystery involved (although I saw through it the minute it was raised). One of my favourite parts was trying to figure out Jesse. So if you’re up for that, definitely pick up this book.